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Company Incorporation in France

How to start a French limited company. Incorporation or formation of a company in France.



Requirements for Creating a French company

  • Company Goals - a brief description of your business activities.
  • Company name proposed.
  • SARL - a director and two shareholders.
  • Copies of passports of the shareholders and directors.
  • Details on the status of shareholders, including the name of the spouse. This requirement is unique to France.
  • SCI - a director and two shareholders.
Type of Company
Number of Shareholders
Minimum or maximum share capital
SCI- Société Civile Immobilière - Civil Property Company 2 members 1 euro minimum share capital- but watch for thin capitalisation!
La Société responsabilité limitée (Sàrl) – Simple limited company Needs 2 shareholders. A single shareholders version, the EURL is also available Minimum 1 euro. 20% to be paid on incorporation, the rest paid within five years.