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    Euro (€, EUR)

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Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

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  • Capital city


  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (17 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    1.725% (2018 est.)

France, officially the French Republic (French: république française), is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. France is a developed country with the world's seventh-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the tenth-largest by PPP. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world.

Grow your team in France with Remote

Looking to employ workers in France? Companies hiring in France must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in France on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your France team. You can also pay contractors now in France with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

France, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in France may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in France

Employment law in France is not contained under a single law. Instead it is governed by statutory regulations codified in (among other laws) the French labour code, the French Constitution as well as European Commission and other international labour conventions. Furthermore, collective labour law through codetermination, trade unions and collective bargaining plays a significant role in French labour relations.

French employment law provides strong labor conditions and protections for employees, so employing people will be an important investment and commitment.

Temporary agencies are popular options for more flexible workforce arrangements. For these and many other reasons, the following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in France.

Minimum Wage

The minimum hourly wage stipulate by law for 2023 is €1 709.28per month, or €11.27 per hour. A higher minimum is often set by collective bargaining agreements, which are enforceable by law.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in France fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 3 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

11 Public holidays

Sunday, January 1, 20231New Year’s Day (Jour de l’An)
Monday, April 10, 20232Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
Monday, May 1, 20233Labour Day (Fête du travail)
Monday, May 8, 20234Armistice World War II (Victoire 1945)
Thursday, May 18, 20235Ascension Day (Ascension)
Monday, May 29, 20236Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
Friday, July 14, 20237Bastille Day (Fête nationale)
Tuesday, August 15, 20238Assumption of Mary (Assomption)
Wednesday, November 1, 20239All Saint’s Day (La Toussaint)
Saturday, November 11, 202310Armistice World War I (Armistice 1918)
Monday, December 25, 202311Christmas Day (Noël)

Competitive benefits package in France

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in France are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in France

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in France.

  • 13.00%

    Health, Maternity, Disability, Death

  • 8.55% (ceiling of €3,311) - Old Age Insurance

  • 5.25% or 2.45% - Family Benefits

  • 4.05% (ceiling of €13,244) - Unemployment

  • 0.30%

    Autonomy Solidarity Contribution

  • 0.15%

    AGS (Wage Guarantee Insurance)

Types of Leave

All full-time workers are legally entitled to 25 days paid holiday leave a year. In addition, full-time workers have 11 paid public holidays a year. The minimum amount of annual leave is 5 weeks.

Employment termination

Termination process

French employers in general have the following ways to terminate the employment relationship:

  • Termination by mutual consent through a settlement agreement;

  • Employee resignation with written notice and notice period as per employment contract;

  • Urgent dismissal of the employee, for example in case of theft or any other serious misconduct.

Notice period

The statutory notice period for an employer depends on the duration of employment. For employment duration between 6 months and 2 years, the notice period is 1 month. For employment duration over 2 years, it is 2 months. For executives, the notice period is 3 months.

There are exceptions where notice period is not observed:

  • Employer’s voluntary waiver on the notice period or upon the employee’s request. 

  • Employee’s resignation during pregnancy or for the purpose of raising a child.

  • Employee’s resignation following business start-up leave.

  • An applicable collective agreement makes exemption.

Probation periods

The maximum length of a probationary period is 8 months depends on position held. Probation period is also applicable to part-time employees and collective bargaining agreements also play a role here.