The French energy company is among the world's largest publicly traded oil firms. The company is completely integrated, involved in oil and gas exploration, production, refining, and retail sales. It has operations in more than 130 countries and runs 16,000 gas stations, mostly in Europe and Africa. Its 2006 sales of $175 billion make it the world's sixth largest oil company, just behind ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron and ConocoPhillips.
And sales are growing, jumping by over 20 percent in 2006 alone. Net income has nearly doubled since 2002. The company is also boosting its dividend and share buyback program.