An international survey published on Thursday showed France is one of the best places to live for most people, according to data compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The survey, conducted by IRI, found that of the 16 countries included in the study, France ranked highest for economic freedom, health and education.
The top-rated country, Switzerland, ranked fifth, while Portugal came in sixth, the study said.
The rankings reflect on the progress made since the French government launched a nationwide effort to overhaul the economy last year, which saw the government raise the minimum wage to €1.60 from €1 per hour and slash taxes and subsidies to help pay for a series of economic reforms.
The reforms came as France grappled with its worst recession in decades, which is expected to cost the economy more than 10 billion euros ($11.6 billion) over the next four years, according the IRI report.
Among the other countries included were the United States, Australia and Germany, among others.
France is among the most progressive and open-minded countries in the European Union, with its constitution giving citizens the right to a free and informed public debate on the constitution, the Iri report said.