US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has reached "another important milestone" in its international growth strategy with the opening of its first Banana Republic store in France.

Located in Paris on Avenue des Champs Élysées, the store will house the brand's women's and men's collections.

"With a growing base of loyal customers across Europe, both in our stores and online, we're confident that shoppers in Paris will have a strong appetite for Banana Republic's proposition of affordable luxury, as we open at this special time in the lead up to the holiday shopping period," said Gap Inc's international president Stephen Sunnucks.

Last year the company opened its first Banana Republic store in Milan, Italy and also made Banana Republic products available to European customers online through the launch of its dedicated e-commerce site, which now services 21 European countries.

Earlier this year, the first Banana Republic franchise store opened in Moscow, Russia. There are now around 600 company operated and franchise Banana Republic stores throughout North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.