French arms exports in 2016, worth 8.3 billion euros, increased in value by 14% on those in 2015, while imports of weapons saw a five-fold increase year-on-year, according to the French defence ministry's statistical agency, L'Observatoire économique de la défense.
France is now the fourth EU member country to be given back access to the US market after restrictions were applied to imports of beef, sheep and goats from January 1998 following the outbreak of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic.
French wine dealers say the effects of Brexit and plummeting pound are being felt from Burgundy to Bordeaux.
The ban announced by Seoul came as increasing numbers of Dordogne farms are confirmed contaminated by an unusual strain of avian influenza.
Analysts fear a weak manufacturing sector in France could hold back output across the rest of the Eurozone.
After enjoying years of growing sales and exports, France's Champagne producers see sales falling even further than in 2012.
Overseas box office of French movies also jumped by 93.8% to 144.1 million admissions, of which 70.6% were garnered by the top five movies.