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Set Up an Online Shop in France

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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Set-up-an-online-shop-in-FranceSelling goods online is one of the most popular activities of French companies which have started expanding their businesses in different cities in order reach a greater number of customers. However, having both a physical and online store is putting pressure on more and more companies, therefore it is quite common in France for businesses to give up their traditional stores and keep only the online ones. Young enterprisers, on the other hand, start their businesses in online environment directly.

No matter the type of business you want to set up, our French company formation consultants can advise you.

The French legislation applicable to online stores

Setting up an online shop in France is very advantageous because it is highly regulated. While there are laws which apply to both online and traditional businesses, e-commerce platforms also have their own regulations to comply with, which makes it safe to be registered here. Among the laws providing for the establishment of an online shop in France we mention:

  • -          the Commercial Code;
  • -          the Consumer Rights Law;
  • -          the Civil Code;
  • -          the Telecommunications and Post Codes Law;
  • -          the Intellectual Property Law.

Additionally, the Confidence in Digital Economy Act was specifically created for carrying out online activities. Our company registration advisors in France can offer information on the other laws applying to online stores.

How to create an online platform in France

The first aspect to be completed when opening an online shop in France is the company incorporation procedure. This can be handled by our agents in France. Following that, the next steps are quite important:

  • -          buying a unique domain name;
  • -          creating a website;
  • -          setting up specific characteristics for selling products online.

These characteristics imply a merchant bank account, safety features which must be integrated on the website used by the French online store, creating advertising channels for promoting the business. Registering the domain name with the Intellectual Property Office is also a good idea in order to protect the company’s name.

For assistance in registering an online business, do not hesitate to contact our company formation consultants in France. You can also rely on us if you want to open a traditional shop in France.



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