PARIS On his departure from Davos, Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) accepted an invitation by French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to participate in the Strategic Council on France Attractiveness.


Mr. Smith shared his views with French government officials on how France can become even more attractive in the global marketplace. Recognizing the advantages of the French market offers, in 1999 FedEx Express chose France to be the site of FedEx Express European hub, located at Roissy Charles de Gaulle. Together with Aeroports de Paris, 220 million euros were invested in the hub, which has made Roissy Charles de Gaulle the largest cargo platform in Europe. About 1,000 tons of freight move through the hub every day.


As a founding member of the Roissy Carex Group, FedEx is working with the government and other partners to establish an integrated transport policy in Europe and to raise the attractiveness of CDG as a European intermodal hub. Mr. Smith stated, "One of the key remaining issues for France is to develop an integrated regional transport infrastructure using high-speed trains to deliver air cargo throughout Europe. This would greatly benefit the local economy and the environment."


During his meetings with government officials, Mr. Smith reasserted FedEx support for the French Government Investment Policy. He emphasized his commitment to the company's operations across France and enabling global access to the French marketplace. He also raised concerns about the need to remove some of the existing impediments to French markets. These included capacity restrictions at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and complex customs procedures. Mr. Smith stated, "We are committed to working with the French government to find solutions that ensure France's ability to expand and remain competitive."


Facts about FedEx Express in France


      FedEx serves all of France's cities.


      FedEx uses 215 aircraft to fly 294 flights per week.


      The FedEx Paris hub can process up to 30,000 packages and

        30,000 documents an hour, or approximately 1,000 tons of

        shipments per day.


      The total hub area is 77,000 square metres; the total sorting

        area: 55,000 square metres.


      Ninety percent of inbound FedEx shipments can be

        customs-cleared and delivered the day they arrive.


      FedEx employs more than 2,500 people in France - 1,800 of whom

        are at CDG - and has a very low employee turnover rate at only



      Ninety-eight percent of the 2,500 employees have a non-fixed

        term contract.


      FedEx prioritizes the hiring of employees from local

        populations, including those living in areas of the counties

        of Seine Saint-Denis and Val d'Oise.


About FedEx Corporation

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About FedEx Express

FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.