Red Tape Risk: Who in the G20 Is Cutting It?

By Eric Roston - 2013-11-15T15:08:34Z

Photograph by Connie Zhou/Otto

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France

2014 Rank: 38
Change From 2013: Demoted by 3

France struggles with property transfer and construction burdens, ranking 149th and 92nd in each of those categories. Registering a property in Paris can require eight separate procedures, take 49 days, and cost about six percent of a property's value. France has cut the number of days deed registration requires by about two-thirds since the 2005 Doing Business study. This year, officials streamlined the process by which deeds of sale make it into the registry.

Left: La Defense, in Paris.

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