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Characteristics and importance of shipbuilding in France The shipbuilding sector brings together several types of activities and ships: the construction and repair of civil ships: this activity concerns commercial ships of all sizes, service vessels (for ports, offshore platforms and rescue) and fishing vessels; construction and repair of military ships; the construction and repair of pleasure boats; naval demolition, that is to say the dismantling and recycling of ships. The shipbuilding sector in France represents a turnover of 6.3 billion euros (INSEE 2014 data). It represents just over 4,000 companies which employ nearly 27,000 people. French shipbuilding yards specialize in defense ships, passenger ships, offshore service vessels, port services and fishing vessels. Faced with strong competition from Asian shipyards, the French shipbuilding and repair activity has been restructured around the construction of high value-added ships and the repair of specialized ships (cruise ships, cruise ships). defense including submarines, repair of LNG tankers, etc.). French shipyards are also dynamic in the nautical construction sector. France is in fact a world leader in the production of habitable monohulls and multihulls. It is also the 4th largest producer of motorboats in the world (2015 data).