French export body Unifrance announced its global figures Friday at the annual Rendez Vous event held in Paris.

For 2006, French films sold 55.8 million tickets at the world box-office. Those sales brought in just over $390m (Euros 300m.)

The score represents a drop of 23% off of 2005 which saw an exceptional 73.6 million admissions worldwide for a take of $475m (Euros 369m).

Still, 2006 ranks as one of the best years in the past decade - only 2002 and 2005 saw sales of over 60 million tickets and that was largely thanks to films like Amelie and The Transporter II respectively.

298 French films were released in at least one foreign territory over the course of 2006 while China has proven to be a strong proving ground for French productions.

In 2006, three million tickets were sold to French films in China. Europe remains the biggest consumer of French fare at 48.5% while the US is responsible for about 25% of admissions.

Unifrance is looking forward to the upcoming foreign releases of such films Arthur And The Minimoys, Taxi 4, La Vie En Rose, Priceless and Days Of Glory which should help make 2007 another strong year.