Pascal Brice, the director general of the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra), told French broadcaster CNEWS that such a high number of asylum requests was a first in at least 40 years, having reached a record high of 100,412 requests.
Albanians made up the biggest group applying for asylum in France past year - some 7,600 adults, nearly all of them set to be sent home because their home country is considered "safe".
The number of asylum applicants in France increased by 17 percent past year compared to a 16-percent rise in 2016, the French refugee agency chief said on Monday.
Albanians topped the list, accounting for 6,600 of the total of 100,412 applicants a year ago. According to him, the data "confirm that France is among the first countries to seek asylum in Europe", but after Germany, which is expecting almost 200,000 candidates this year.
The second country of origin is Afghanistan, which accounted for 5,987 of applications, up by 6 percent, with an admission rate of 83 percent.
Brice particularly emphasized the sharp rise in the number of requests from Albanian and West African nationals.
Haitian nationals came in third, at 4.934 applications.
Of these applications received by France in 2017, 36 percent resulted in the applicant receiving refugee status compared to 38 percent in 2016.
Sudanese applications decreased by 24 percent to 4,486 in 2017, while Guinean applications numbered 3,780 (up 62 percent).
Macron, who won power in May, has promised to slash the time it takes French officials take to rule on asylum requests - to two months maximum from what Brice said was now about three months on average.