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France Company Formation


Type of Entity: Limited_Liability_Company (SARL)
Type of law: French civil law
Shelf company availability: No
Incorporation time frame: Two days to four weeks
Minimum Government fees: EUR 1
Regular Corporate Income Tax: 25%
Double Tax Treaty access: Yes, Companies have access to 108 tax treaties
Minimum issued share capital : A minimum of EUR 1 (it is advisable to start with a minimum of EUR 1,500)
Minimum paid up share capital on incorporation: No minimum, fixed in the company statutory rules
Minimum number of Shareholders required: One
Bearer Shares: No
Nominee Shareholders Permitted: Yes
Minimum number of directors: One is required to be appointed by the shareholders
Corporate directors permitted: Yes
Local directors required: No
Local meeting required : Yes, it is obligated to hold an annual meeting each year to approve the annual accounts.
Company secretary required : Not applicable
General Meetings of Shareholders: Yes, once a year
Local Registered office required: No office required, just a mail box
Tax residence to benefit from Tax Treaty network: Yes
Exchange Control: Not existing
Disclosure of beneficial owner to Company Registrar: Yes (he or she must be an individual (not a legal entity)
Government register of directors: Yes, should be registered with the French Registry of Commerce and Companies (RCS)
Annual return: Yes
Submission of accounts: Yes, All French companies must file their corporate tax returns usually by April the 30th
Audit: No, but a statutory auditor is necessary if SARL exceeds two of the following three thresholds :
  • Pre-tax turnover over EUR8 million
  • Total balance sheet over EUR4 million or
  • 50 employees
Change of domicile Permitted Yes

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