Contracting in France
Are you planning to be contracting in France? These pages will give you an overview about France as a country, what’s required of you to be contracting in France. Learn more about how to apply for Visa and Work Permit if necessary, the percentage of the French Income Tax and how the French Social Security works. For more practical information, download our guide Start Contracting in France or our International Contracting Guide.
France is situated in Western Europe with an area (including the island of Corsica) of 643,801 sq km (248,573 sq mi) it is the second-largest country on the continent. It has a total population of about 66.7 million. It is bounded on the north by the North Sea and Belgium, on the north-east by Luxembourg and Germany, on the east by Switzerland and Italy. Also on the south by the Mediterranean Sea, on the south-west by Andorra and Spain. On the west by the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean, and on the north-west by the English Channel, with a total boundary length of 6,316 km (3,925 mi), of which 3,427 km (2,130 mi) is coastline.
This country itself is a unitary semi-presidential republic, a founding member of the European Union. It is also a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of the G8 and NATO. It is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council as well. The French economy is mainly based on following: machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, textiles, aircraft, electronics, food processing and tourism.
In France there are many different climates due to the fact, that the Atlantic has a major effect on the weather in the north and west. It means that the temperature is about the same most of the year. In the east, winters are cold and the weather is good. Summers are hot and stormy. In the south, winters are mainly cool and wet and summers are hot and dry. The north has a temperate climate similar to that of the United Kingdom and other Northern European countries.
Paris, France’s capital, the country’s largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Paris is located in the north central part of the country. France is generally divided into 13 régions which are further subdivided départements. This country has two mountain ranges near its borders: The Alps and the Pyrenees. There is a lot of rivers in France, including the Seine and the Loire. France is very well-known for its culture, its many monuments and structures, and famous places such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Giverny, Mont Saint Michel, Versailles, and Notre Dame de Paris.
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Requirements to work in France
Certain nationalities require a French work visa to be able to legally live and work in France. There is a number of different types of French work permits, as well as exemptions. It is depending on your employment situation in France. The French work permit is closely linked to your residence status in France. In most cases, a job will need to be arranged before you can apply for a permit to move to France. Read more about Work Requirements in France.
French Visa and Work Permit
The type of visa required to enter France depends on the duration of and reasons for the planned stay, except in the 2 following special cases. These are a short stay “Schengen” visa (for stays of less than or not exceeding 90 days) and long-stay visa suited to the duration of and reasons for your stay (for stays exceeding 90 days). Read more about French Visas and Work Permit.
French Income Tax
Once a resident in France, you are liable to pay French taxes on your income world-wide. You will need to file your French tax return as an expat and if you’re living long-term in France. You will likely need to file a French tax return. In fact, France has one of the most generous social security systems in the world. But it’s paid for high social charges as well as by income tax. Read more about French Income Tax.
French Social Security
Social security contributions (charges sociales or cotisations sociales) are collected by the state to fund France’s welfare system. It includes health and sickness cover, family benefits, pension, unemployment benefit and workplace accident cover and deducted by employer from the salary every month. Read more about French Social Security.