As markets become more globalized and economies become more entwined, it's impossible to ignore the importance of investing in international stocks. Mutual funds, index funds, and ETFs have all combined to make your international choices simpler, quicker, and in many cases, more efficient.

But for many of you, investing in a passive index fund just isn't enough, because you're interested in country-specific stocks. You want to invest in companies on the ground -- not in a basket of companies in a mutual fund. Maybe you want direct exposure to Chinese agriculture, Spanish communications, or German banking -- and this is where you'll find it.

In a country-by-country rundown, we're taking a tour across the globe, finding out which foreign stocks are traded on major U.S. indices. Hopefully it will get your engine going.

In today's article, we'll be taking a look at seven companies whose headquarters are based in France.



Market Cap (millions)

Recent Price

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

Communication Equipment



Flamel Technologies (Nasdaq: FLML)

Drug Delivery Technology



France Telecom (NYSE: FTE)

Telecom Services



Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE: SNY)

Drug Manufacturer



Toreador Resources (Nasdaq: TRGL)

Independent Oil & Gas



Total (NYSE: TOT)

Integrated Oil & Gas



Veolia Environment (NYSE: VE)

Electric Utilities & Environmental Services



*Does not include stocks with a market cap below $100 million.

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