France has a well-developed legal and regulatory system broadly similar to that in other EU member states. There are only a few restrictions on setting up companies, except in certain areas such as banking and insurance, and there is no restriction on imports or capital from abroad. However state ownership is still a significant feature of the French economy - particularly in infrastructure industries - and some restrictions still apply.

The more complex aspects of French regulation pertain to the classification of businesses. Unlike some other countries, by-laws in France cover a fairly narrow range of business activities. By working through your business plan and charting your present and future goals, we’ll help to ensure that every angle is covered when it comes to trading legally.