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Company Formation France



Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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FAQ.jpgThe process of company formation in France refers to a set of procedures which can vary from the decision on the type of the legal entity of the company to the establishment of a business office in a proper region for the respective business activity. Our team of company formation specialists in France can offer assistance for all the stages of the registration procedure and can also help the investors to comply with the relevant authorities for taxation purposes. 

1. Can a foreigner start a business in France? 

Foreign investors who want to establish a company in France are allowed to incorporate a business here, following the procedure applicable under the local legislation. 


2. What legal entities are available in France? 

The commercial legislation applicable in France prescribes several legal entities which are also available to foreign investors: 
the joint stock company;
the stock corporation;
the sole proprietorship;
the commercial partnership.
As a general rule, most of the investors choose to associate in a business registered as a limited liability company, which provides many advantages to its investors; our team of company formation representatives in France can offer assistance on the rights and obligations prescribed for the founders of French company


3. Is France a contracting state of the double taxation treaties? 

Yes, France is a contracting state of the treaties for the avoidance of double taxation. France signed double taxation treaties with countries from around the world and foreign companies operating on the local market can benefit from their provisions, as long as they are tax residents of the states with which France concluded such a document.

4. Can a subsidiary be registered in France? 

A foreign company can set up a subsidiary in France, which is a type of company with legal personality. However, a large proportion of the company’s capital is owned by the parent company
Businessmen interested in setting up a company a company in France can receive assistance on any matters referring to company formation from our team of company incorporation consultants


  • Theo 2016-08-26

    I am considering opening a company in France.The FAQ page was very informative, but I'd like to receive assistance on this matter. I believe I will start the process at the beginning of 2017.

    Hello, you can send us your request via e-mail at office@lawyersfrance.eu. 

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Starting a company in France can be difficult since it involves such complex procedures. The team from CompanyFormationFrance is very qualified and benefits from extensive expertise in this area.
Mihai Cuc, Partner of
Enescu & Cuc Law Firm
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