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Practical information France


Foreign workers:

What you need to know about employment in France

Employers are expected to be fully aware of and apply human resources legislation and regulations. This is not always possible, especially when employees are stationed abroad. In that case, you must be able to count on a solid partner who has all the knowledge in-house. At Interfisc, we take care of your employees across the border, allowing you to fully focus on your core business.

Local employees in France, with or without a registered place of business

In several countries, it is possible to offer your products or services through a local employee without the need to have your own registered office there for this purpose. This can, however, often be subject to certain restrictions as to the nature of your activities as a foreign company without a registered office in the country in question.

Please also note that, in principle, French social security will apply to your employees residing in France, whether they work exclusively or partially in that country. In addition, French tax regulations will apply to the income they earn in France and you will be obliged to observe French employment law.

Payroll costs in France

One of the first questions you could be confronted with before taking on an employee in France, is the high level of payroll costs in the country.

In our factsheet Personnel in France, available for downloading below, please find an overview of the employee benefits package that is customary in France and the associated costs, calculated on an annual basis.

The cost overview gives an insight into the terms and conditions of employment that are customary in France, based on which you can decide whether it is worth having an employee in France. As soon as you make this decision, we will be happy to help you make a suitable offer for your employee, so you will be well prepared for negotiating with your employee.

Additional employer obligations in France

In view of the complexity and, possibly, inadequate internal knowledge of French legislation in your organisation, we recommend that you do not limit yourself to reviewing the financial side! Our fact sheets provide a detailed explanation of the sections that make up the cost overview. We also give an overall picture of the French rules concerning:

  • Employment law
  • Social security
  • Taxes
  • Employee benefits
  • Health & well-being
Download our factsheet Personnel in France, with information on regulations, payroll costs, employer insurance and payroll accounting in France!


Official bodies: Information about:
Administration douanière Customs authorities
Administration fiscale Tax authorities
Business France Investissement étrangers
Chambres de commerce et de l’industrie Chambers of commerce and Industry
Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration (OFII) French Immigration and Citizenship Office
Office Français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII) Reception in France of legal immigrants
Pôle Emploi National Employment Office
Portail de l’administration française French government portal
Service des impôts pour les particuliers et les entreprises résidant à l’étranger Tax offices for individuals and companies residing abroad
Service d’accueil des non résidents (SANR) Non-residents’ tax office
Unions de recouvrement des cotisations de sécurité sociale et d’allocations familiales (URSSAF) Responsible for collecting social security contribution


For the exact information regarding inflation in France please refer to the official site of the French government, click here


2021 2022
New Year’s Day 01-01-2021 (Friday) 01-01-2022 (Saturday)
Easter Day 04-04-2021 (Sunday) 17-04-2022 (Sunday)
2nd Easter Day 05-04-2021 (Monday) 18-04-2022 (Monday)
Labour Day 01-05-2021 (Saturday) 01-05-2022 (Sunday)
Liberation Day 08-05-2021 (Saturday) 08-05-2022 (Sunday)
Ascension Day 13-05-2021 (Thursday) 26-05-2022 (Thursday)
Pentecost 23-05-2021 (Sunday) 24-05-2022 (Sunday)
Pentecost Monday 24-05-2021 (Monday) 06-06-2022 (Monday)
National Holiday 14-07-2021 (Wednesday) 14-07-2022 (Thursday)
Assumption of Mary 15-08-2021 (Sunday) 15-08-2022 (Monday)
All Saints 01-11-2021 (Monday) 01-11-2022 (Tuesday)
Armistice Day 11-11-2021 (Thursday) 11-11-2022 (Friday)
Christmas 25-12-2021 (zaterdag) 25-12-2022 (Sunday)

If an official holiday falls during the weekend, no substitute day off is given in France.


2019-2020 2020-2021
– Zones A, B, C * 23-12-19 t/m 03-01-20 19-12-20 t/m 03-01-21
– Zone A * 24-02-20 t/m 06-03-20 06-02-20 t/m 21-02-21
– Zone B * 17-02-20 t/m 28-02-20 20-02-21 t/m 07-03-21
– Zone C * 10-02-20 t/m 21-02-20 13-02-21 t/m 28-02-21
– Zone A * 20-04-20 t/m 01-05-20 10-04-21 t/m 25-04-21
– Zone B * 13-04-20 t/m 26-05-20 24-04-21 t/m 09-05-21
– Zone C * 06-04-20 t/m 17-04-20 17-04-21 t/m 02-05-21
– Zones A, B, C * 06-07-20 t/m 28-08-20 06-07-21 t/m 31-08-21
– Zones A, B, C * 19-10-20 t/m 30-10-20 23-10-21 t/m 08-11-21

* France is divided into three zones with regard to the schoolvacations and only the winter and spring vacation dates are spread. The regions are divided as follows:

Zone A:
Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse.

Zone B:
Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Besançon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen, Strasbourg.

Zone C:
Bordeaux, Créteil, Paris, Versailles.