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Expanding into
France

Expanding into France – which is characterised by an exceptionally talented and entrepreneurial workforce, intricate employment and tax laws, a robust infrastructure network, and leading sectors in manufacturing and technology, agriculture, energy, transport, and tourism – can bring excitement to the possibilities, but also significant stress to ensuring the entity with the country’s rigorous legal structures and laws. Ensuring compliance without sufficient knowledge of the country’s laws also adds stress to getting your new entity off the ground and ready to test new markets. Going at it without the proper support can increase the costs, time and risks involved.

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Global Expansion is a step to make for any business, regardless of your goal. But the opportunities that can come with an expansion can be stimulating as well as intimidating and confusing, especially when you consider all of the registration procedures that need to be done and the documentation required.

Going at it without the proper support can increase the costs, time and risks involved.

The legwork and potential red tape can be worked through more efficiently and cost-effectively with the support of a Professional Employer Organisation (PEO) such as Bradford Jacobs, primarily through our Employer of Record (EOR) framework.

It can be best utilised when businesses are just beginning their expansion process and require more information before incorporating an entity and fully establishing themselves in that market.

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Learn all about expanding into France and see what we can do to make your expansion easier.

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Learn all about expanding into France and see what we can do to make your expansion easier.

Country EOR Guide - Bradford Jacobs

Hiring Staff
in France

Hiring Staff
in France

The Main Sectors of the French Economy

The country focuses on the following key sectors, which all have a significant impact on the country’s economy:

One of the major industries in France is the energy sector. France’s leading electricity company, Electricite de France (EDF), is the largest utility company in the world. The energy company listed on the French Stock Exchange has the state as the majority shareholder. In France, renewable energies have grown steadily in the last few years to reach 11.7% of primary energy consumption and 25.3% of gross final energy consumption in 2019. Renewable energies sustain the equivalent of 60,000 full-time jobs. The most developed renewable energies are still wood energy and hydropower, but onshore wind farms and heat pumps are two sectors that have progressed the most in the last few years, with offshore wind farms currently under development. Energy production in France is primarily based on nuclear energy, which accounts for 78% of the country’s electricity. The increased reliance on nuclear energy enables France to boast one of the least carbon dioxide emission levels in the developed world. The future of France’s energy industry lies in renewable energy, especially since the French National Assembly passed a law in July 2015 requiring that 40% of the nation’s electricity be produced from renewable energy sources by 2030.
Agriculture was traditionally the primary economic activity in France before the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. France is recognized as having the sixth-largest agricultural production in the world and the largest in the European Union. France is also the world’s second-largest exporter of agricultural products and is only surpassed by the United States. Huge wheat farms are located in the country’s northern region, while southern France is renowned for its vineyards and horticultural products. France is the largest producer of sugar beets and the second-largest producer of cheese and wine worldwide. Western France is the main producing region of dairy products, poultry, apples, and pork. The vast majority of agricultural exports are destined for member states of the European Union, which receive 49% of all agricultural exports from France. The agricultural industry in France has the privilege of receiving significant support from the EU in the form of subsidies, which amount to more than $11 billion. In recent years, the industry has implemented numerous reforms due to international agreements, including the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
France is the most popular destination in the world, receiving about 85.7 million tourists annually. This massive tourist traffic also means France is ranked fifth in the world regarding tourist spending. The tourism industry is a crucial economic pillar in France, injecting over $70 billion into the country’s GDP. Of this total, 70% comes from domestic tourists, while the remaining 30% comes from international tourists. The industry represents 9.7% of the country’s GDP. France’s popularity among tourists is attributed to a wide array of prime tourist attractions across the country.
Manufacturing is among the largest industries in France, accounting for billions of dollars in the country’s GDP. The country is recognized as the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the world and is home to two of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world: Peugeot and Renault. France is also renowned for its aerospace sector, dominated by Airbus, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer. Technology is another important economic pillar in the country’s economy. France is ranked among the most technologically advanced countries in the world, and the country has an ideal environment for technological research and innovation. This environment has led to the growth of some of the largest technology companies in the world.
ransport in France is a multi-billion industry, and some of its key players are major global companies. France has one of the world’s densest networks of roads and railways, interconnecting the nation’s cities. The French cities of Paris, Marseille, and Lyon have extensive metro systems, while Rennes, Lille, and Toulouse have light metro systems. The railway network in France stretches 18,580 miles, most of which is under the operation of SNCF (French National Railway Corporation). However, the largest company in France’s railway transport is Alstom, based in Saint-Ouen, but it has operations all over the globe and over $37 billion in assets. France has one of the highest concentrations of airports, with a total of 478 airports across the country. The busiest airport in the country is Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, which records about 60 million passengers each year, making it the fifth busiest in the world. Air France is the French national carrier and flies to 150 destinations on all six continents worldwide.

The Main Sectors of the French Economy

The country focuses on the following key sectors, which all have a significant impact on the country’s economy:

One of the major industries in France is the energy sector. France’s leading electricity company, Electricite de France (EDF), is the largest utility company in the world. The energy company listed on the French Stock Exchange has the state as the majority shareholder. In France, renewable energies have grown steadily in the last few years to reach 11.7% of primary energy consumption and 25.3% of gross final energy consumption in 2019. Renewable energies sustain the equivalent of 60,000 full-time jobs. The most developed renewable energies are still wood energy and hydropower, but onshore wind farms and heat pumps are two sectors that have progressed the most in the last few years, with offshore wind farms currently under development. Energy production in France is primarily based on nuclear energy, which accounts for 78% of the country’s electricity. The increased reliance on nuclear energy enables France to boast one of the least carbon dioxide emission levels in the developed world. The future of France’s energy industry lies in renewable energy, especially since the French National Assembly passed a law in July 2015 requiring that 40% of the nation’s electricity be produced from renewable energy sources by 2030.
Agriculture was traditionally the primary economic activity in France before the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. France is recognized as having the sixth-largest agricultural production in the world and the largest in the European Union. France is also the world’s second-largest exporter of agricultural products and is only surpassed by the United States. Huge wheat farms are located in the country’s northern region, while southern France is renowned for its vineyards and horticultural products. France is the largest producer of sugar beets and the second-largest producer of cheese and wine worldwide. Western France is the main producing region of dairy products, poultry, apples, and pork. The vast majority of agricultural exports are destined for member states of the European Union, which receive 49% of all agricultural exports from France. The agricultural industry in France has the privilege of receiving significant support from the EU in the form of subsidies, which amount to more than $11 billion. In recent years, the industry has implemented numerous reforms due to international agreements, including the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
France is the most popular destination in the world, receiving about 85.7 million tourists annually. This massive tourist traffic also means France is ranked fifth in the world regarding tourist spending. The tourism industry is a crucial economic pillar in France, injecting over $70 billion into the country’s GDP. Of this total, 70% comes from domestic tourists, while the remaining 30% comes from international tourists. The industry represents 9.7% of the country’s GDP. France’s popularity among tourists is attributed to a wide array of prime tourist attractions across the country.
Manufacturing is among the largest industries in France, accounting for billions of dollars in the country’s GDP. The country is recognized as the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the world and is home to two of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world: Peugeot and Renault. France is also renowned for its aerospace sector, dominated by Airbus, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer. Technology is another important economic pillar in the country’s economy. France is ranked among the most technologically advanced countries in the world, and the country has an ideal environment for technological research and innovation. This environment has led to the growth of some of the largest technology companies in the world.
Transport in France is a multi-billion industry, and some of its key players are major global companies. France has one of the world’s densest networks of roads and railways, interconnecting the nation’s cities. The French cities of Paris, Marseille, and Lyon have extensive metro systems, while Rennes, Lille, and Toulouse have light metro systems. The railway network in France stretches 18,580 miles, most of which is under the operation of SNCF (French National Railway Corporation). However, the largest company in France’s railway transport is Alstom, based in Saint-Ouen, but it has operations all over the globe and over $37 billion in assets. France has one of the highest concentrations of airports, with a total of 478 airports across the country. The busiest airport in the country is Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, which records about 60 million passengers each year, making it the fifth busiest in the world. Air France is the French national carrier and flies to 150 destinations on all six continents worldwide.

Commercial Laws in
France

French employment laws are based on a combination of the French Labour Code, Civil Code, and Social Security Code, with considerable influence from sector-specific agreements. These are known in France as national collective agreements (Conventions Collectives Nationales, CCN). There are over 300 such agreements, and they cover more than 90% of the workforce.

Collective bargaining agreements can introduce additional benefits and entitlements, but certain statutory minimums must apply to any contract.

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The website www.impots.gouv.fr gives you access to all the official online services of the General Directorate of Public Finance (DGFiP). This is a site of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The General Directorate of Public Finances (DGFiP) services are present throughout the territory, as close as possible to its users and partners. Installed in the Public Finance centres, these services belong to different categories, which reflect the diversity of the missions carried out by the DGFiP and its audiences. These include:

  • Individual tax services (SIP)
  • Business tax services (SIE)
  • The treasuries
  • Property Tax Centers
  • “Registration” poles
  • Land registration services

The Ministry of Labour draws up and implements French occupational health and safety policy and manages cooperation with the social partners in the Conseil d’orientation sur les conditions de travail (COCT) [Steering Committee on Working Conditions].

Individual employers, employer federations, trade unions and organisations are part of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) that lay employees’ employment terms and conditions framework. They generally cover specific sectors or industries. Foreign companies with no legal entity in France but employing staff registered with social insurance and tax authorities must still adhere to applicable collective agreements. Failure to comply risks fines and other sanctions compromising your business activity.

Collective agreements are binding on employers, regardless of whether the employer is a member of the organisation that drew up the agreement or whether the employee is a union member.

France has more than 300 collective agreements, also known as national collective agreements (Conventions Collectives Nationales, CCN). These agreements cover more than 90% of the workforce. Collective agreements generally enhance the minimum requirements of the French Labour Code and, in some cases, introduce guarantees that the Code does not cover.

Commercial Laws in
France

French employment laws are based on a combination of the French Labour Code, Civil Code, and Social Security Code, with considerable influence from sector-specific agreements. These are known in France as national collective agreements (Conventions Collectives Nationales, CCN). There are over 300 such agreements, and they cover more than 90% of the workforce.

Collective bargaining agreements can introduce additional benefits and entitlements, but certain statutory minimums must apply to any contract.

To find out more Download our France Country Guide…

The website www.impots.gouv.fr gives you access to all the official online services of the General Directorate of Public Finance (DGFiP). This is a site of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The General Directorate of Public Finances (DGFiP) services are present throughout the territory, as close as possible to its users and partners. Installed in the Public Finance centres, these services belong to different categories, which reflect the diversity of the missions carried out by the DGFiP and its audiences. These include:

  • Individual tax services (SIP)
  • Business tax services (SIE)
  • The treasuries
  • Property Tax Centers
  • “Registration” poles
  • Land registration services

The Ministry of Labour draws up and implements French occupational health and safety policy and manages cooperation with the social partners in the Conseil d’orientation sur les conditions de travail (COCT) [Steering Committee on Working Conditions].

Individual employers, employer federations, trade unions and organisations are part of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) that lay employees’ employment terms and conditions framework. They generally cover specific sectors or industries. Foreign companies with no legal entity in France but employing staff registered with social insurance and tax authorities must still adhere to applicable collective agreements. Failure to comply risks fines and other sanctions compromising your business activity.

Collective agreements are binding on employers, regardless of whether the employer is a member of the organisation that drew up the agreement or whether the employee is a union member.

France has more than 300 collective agreements, also known as national collective agreements (Conventions Collectives Nationales, CCN). These agreements cover more than 90% of the workforce. Collective agreements generally enhance the minimum requirements of the French Labour Code and, in some cases, introduce guarantees that the Code does not cover.

FAQ

An Employer of Record (EOR) in France, serves as the legal employer for workers on behalf of other companies. This service allows businesses to enter the French market without establishing a local entity. The EOR handles all legal and compliance aspects related to employment, including contracts, payroll, taxes, and adherence to local laws, which can be complex in France. This arrangement benefits companies by reducing the time and cost involved in expanding into France and simplifying the hiring of local talent.

To hire talent in France, companies often partner with  talent acquisition solution providers. These solutions involve navigating complex visa and work permit regulations for foreign nationals, ensuring compliance with French labour laws. Bradford Jacobs, through its Employer of Record (EOR) services, simplifies the hiring process by managing legal and payroll responsibilities. This allows companies to focus on selecting the best candidates without establishing a local entity.

Managing payroll in France involves several steps to ensure compliance with local regulations. Companies can choose between handling payroll internally or outsourcing to a payroll service provider like Bradford Jacobs. Outsourcing payroll offers comprehensive services including registration with French authorities, payroll calculations, tax filings, and ensuring compliance with social security contributions. This solution simplifies payroll management for foreign companies in France, allowing them to focus on their core business activities.

In France, you don’t necessarily need to establish a local entity to hire employees. You can use the services of an Employer of Record (EOR). The EOR acts as the legal employer in France, handling all compliance, payroll, and HR responsibilities, which allows you to hire and operate in France without setting up a subsidiary. This method is particularly useful for companies looking to quickly start operations in France without the complexities and costs of establishing a formal presence.

FAQ

An Employer of Record (EOR) in France, serves as the legal employer for workers on behalf of other companies. This service allows businesses to enter the French market without establishing a local entity. The EOR handles all legal and compliance aspects related to employment, including contracts, payroll, taxes, and adherence to local laws, which can be complex in France. This arrangement benefits companies by reducing the time and cost involved in expanding into France and simplifying the hiring of local talent.

To hire talent in France, companies often partner with  talent acquisition solution providers. These solutions involve navigating complex visa and work permit regulations for foreign nationals, ensuring compliance with French labour laws. Bradford Jacobs, through its Employer of Record (EOR) services, simplifies the hiring process by managing legal and payroll responsibilities. This allows companies to focus on selecting the best candidates without establishing a local entity.

Managing payroll in France involves several steps to ensure compliance with local regulations. Companies can choose between handling payroll internally or outsourcing to a payroll service provider like Bradford Jacobs. Outsourcing payroll offers comprehensive services including registration with French authorities, payroll calculations, tax filings, and ensuring compliance with social security contributions. This solution simplifies payroll management for foreign companies in France, allowing them to focus on their core business activities.

In France, you don’t necessarily need to establish a local entity to hire employees. You can use the services of an Employer of Record (EOR). The EOR acts as the legal employer in France, handling all compliance, payroll, and HR responsibilities, which allows you to hire and operate in France without setting up a subsidiary. This method is particularly useful for companies looking to quickly start operations in France without the complexities and costs of establishing a formal presence.

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