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Selling Tobacco in France

Updated on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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Selling-tobacco-in-France.pngFrance is one of the most welcoming countries in the world when it comes to foreign investors and the retail industry plays an important role in the country’s economic development for several centuries. One of the most prolific businesses one could open is a tobacco shop.

Selling tobacco in France is not easy because of the harsh regulations the Government imposed during the last few years, however if sticking to the laws regulating the sale and advertisement of tobacco products there should be no problem. Our company registration agents in France could offer information on the applicable legislation.

First steps to open a tobacco shop in France

Selling tobacco in France implied the registration of a company with the appropriate chamber in the Trade Register. In order to do that, an enterpriser must select the suitable type of company for their needs and then register as a commercial agent in France. The most employed structure for opening a tobacco shop in France is the limited liability company.

Once the company formation process in completed, the owner must obtain the approvals to sell tobacco and related products in France. It should be noted that starting 2014, e-cigarettes are considered tobacco products in France.

Requirements and licenses for selling tobacco in France

Foreign citizens or companies seeking to open retail companies, respectively branch offices or subsidiaries for selling tobacco and associated products in France must respect several regulations imposed by the law. First of all, no retailer is allowed sell cigarettes to persons under the age of 18. Also, tobacco retailers are allowed to promote their products only at the sale points or at different events such as motorsport contests. Tobacco shops are also subject to various restrictions related to sponsorship from companies producing tobacco.

When it comes to the licensing requirements for French tobacco shops, the import of tobacco is subject to applying for an import license with the Customs Authorities.

Considering the laws related to selling or producing tobacco are changing at a fast pace, we invite you to contact our company registration consultants if you want to open a tobacco shop in France. We can also assist with the registration of other types of companies in France.


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Call us now at +33 9 73 22 01 51 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Paris, France. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to France.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in France.



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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