Bienvenue! Doing business in France can be both pleasant and very profitable. A competitive location and gateway to the world (especially towards Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle-East), France has been attracting international companies for years. Located on Europe’s main North-South roadway, France features a highly developed transport network as well as a sophisicated telecommunications infrastructure. Moreover, companies can easily find the qualified personnel they need, proficient in foreign languages and adaptable to an international environment.
However, non-French employers are often reluctant to hire French employees because of a supposedly very strict labor legislation and a high exposure to labor litigation.
French law does take a very protective approach toward the employee. Avoiding pitfalls is not always easy, but a general understanding of the French labor system is already a good start in becoming a confident and successful employer in France.
Join Bird & Bird attorney Nathalie Devernay, live form Lyon, France, as she explains:
Nathalie Devernay, Attorney, Bird & Bird