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Contribution of the maritime
Given the dispersion or absence of certain of the statistical data, these figures are estimates.
However, this table is limited to jobs dependent almost exclusively on the sea. Thus activities centered on coastal tourism, which alone contributed 28.5 billion euros and 190,000 jobs in 2010, have been excluded from the cluster! Likewise port activities do not take account of indirect jobs, such as those in port industrial zones or those generated in shops and businesses.
After a further check, the value of production in the maritime industries remains close to 2.5% of GDP, and the active maritime population (direct) is still slightly lower than 1.5% of the total active population of the country.
The maritime sector is as important if not more important than "traditional" French sectors:
The maritime sector employs more people than the telecommunications sector (162,000 jobs in 2011), the aeronautical industry (127,500 jobs in 2011), or the car industry (in 2011, including car parts suppliers, 200,000 jobs).
The maritime industry alone (excluding all services) is bigger by value of production than the aeronautical industry (€38.5 bn in 2011) or than the telecommunications sector (€44.1 bn in 2011).
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