France is the leading agricultural country in Europe. France is the best and richest European country in fattening cattle.
Each year, tens of thousands of cattle are exported to Europe but also to the Maghreb to meet the demand of meat for foreign consumers (overseas consumers). The meat quality of French cattle is a major asset for meat industry as well as for beef market, meat and meat products (food-meat transformation).
The popular meat cattle breeds, Charolais and Limousin, are well known and highly recommended for the weight of their carcass. On the other hand, the Gascon and Aubrac are appreciated for their rusticity and their meat quality.