Setting up in France

The world has become more global but investments remain local. When investing abroad for the first time, companies need to take different aspects into account including language, culture, ways of working, regulation, etc. To succeed today, a great product or service is no longer enough.

French president Emmanuel Macron has committed to a series of reforms aiming to deeply transform France economy, and the country at large. As a result, French labour laws have evolved to simplify social dialogue and allow companies to operate more flexibly.

Nowadays in labour legislation, company regulation applies over sector-based agreements on many topics. This gives companies more leeway in creating their corporate norms and guidelines (on negotiating and adjusting working time for example).

In this guide, we provide insights on how the French social legislation model benefits the company and its employees and we share details about the different wage structures available to attract and retain talents.

Together these elements help create a favourable environment for launching new activities in France and show that the current climate is very positive for entrepreneurs.

In this guide, you will find more information on:

  • Ways to start a business in France
  • Corporate legal status
  • Main steps to set up your company
  • Prerequisites for the Head of your business
  • Rent options for your workspace
  • Accounting and compliance requirements
  • Acquiring a new business
  • How to go to market in your sector
  • The paperwork you need to start your firm


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