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Working in France

You are an European Union or European Economic Area national and you would like to start a business in France?

The Guichet Entreprises service of the INPI promotes business creation and job mobility in France. The guichet-entreprises.fr and guichet-qualifications.fr websites both form the online point of single contact for business creation recognised by the European Commission. Thanks to these websites, you will be able to explore new career prospects and start a business in France.

Find out about the requirements you need to meet in order to carry out a regulated activity in France.

> Read our fact sheets

You now have the possibility to set up in France to freely carry out an activity on a permanent basis.

> More on the freedom of establishment

Providing services occasionally or temporarily in France has never been so easy! Find out about all the practical aspects of the freedom to provide services before you get started.

> More on the freedom to provide services

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In order to get your professional qualifications recognised, visit the guichet-qualifications.fr  website!

The guichet-entreprises.fr service makes administrative procedures easy for you by providing you with clear information and a personalised pathway.

The service records your formalities and sends them on to the relevant centre for business formalities (CCI, CMA, URSSAF, Clerks office of the commercial court, chamber of agriculture or the National chamber of independent inland waterway transport). All the authorities involved in business creation (business tax services, URSSAF, INSEE, etc.) will be informed by the centres for business formalities (CFEs). Later on, you will receive a SIREN number (business identification number), an APE code (business sector identification code), a VAT number, etc.

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All the member states of the European Union have a point of single contact! The points of single contact are government portals intended for entrepreneurs working in the service sector. They are members of the EUGO network. More information on the European Commission's website:

European points of single contact | Practical guide to doing business in Europe

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