Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc is to open its first Banana Republic store in France in early December as it steps up international growth plans.

The store will be located on the Avenue des Champs Élysées in Paris, one of the most popular international shopping destinations in the world.  

"Following the success of our London and Milan openings, we are delighted to bring Banana Republic to Paris and take another exciting step in our international growth strategy," said Stephen Sunnucks, president, International, Gap Inc.

"With loyal customers across Europe, both in our stores and online, we are confident that Banana Republic's proposition of affordable luxury will resonate well with Parisian customers."

Last year, the company opened its first Banana Republic store in Italy in Milan, and also made Banana Republic products available to European customers online. There are currently more than 600 Banana Republic stores in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and Japan.