France has four schools on Reuter’s Top 25 Global Innovators list. In fact France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is #1 on the list. CEA is the first on this list because its research receives more patents than most government organizations. In addition, CEA’s research has created 115 companies in the last decade.

Other French institutions that placed on the list were: #5 National Center for Scientific Research, #10 French Institute of Health and Medical Research, and #17 Pasteur Institute International Network. While the United States had six Institutions that made the list, France is not far behind.