Paris La Défense district

Useful information

This page will provide you with practical information for your business and your stay in France.

International Business Development

Business France contributes to the development and success of French and foreign businesses wishing to expand abroad by supporting them throughout the lifetime of their projects, and is driven by an efficient, result-oriented working culture. Focussed on creating value in France and across the world, Business France supports the international development of the French economy.
The Tax4Business service is a one-stop contact point for all foreign investor’s tax issues. It accommodates your needs and guides you so you can invest within a clear and safe legal environment.
Business France: Business France website.
Tax4Business service

Your rights

Your rights when you are temporarily working in France at the request of your employer based in another country: learn more on

The French Social Security System

The social security system has several branches: sickness, maternity, paternity, disability branch; accidents-at-work and occupational-diseases branch; family benefits branch,etc. Learn more on the dedicated CLEISS website.

The French education system: from nursery school to high school

The French education system is split into three stages: primary school (école), secondary school (collège) and high school (lycée). Primary and secondary education is free, neutral, secular and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16. However, there are some private schools that are not subject to these obligations and particularities of the French education system. Read more on France Diplomatie website.

Welcoming international students

Most French universities have an international student services office to welcome international students. Here, students can find all of the information they need to help them settle in and integrate successfully: assistance with administrative formalities, accommodation, insurance (including health insurance), transport, and student, community and cultural life, etc. This office notably helps students from countries outside of the European Union to proceed with the formalities for obtaining their residence permit once they have arrived in the country. Read more on Campus France website.


Learn more on, France tourism official website: events, practical information, maps, French regions, etc.  

Useful information for your stay in Paris (Préfecture de police website).

Official quality and origin signs (Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry website):
  • Voluntary collective programmes driven by producers or groupings of producers
  • Officially approved rigorous production conditions
  • Regular checks carried out by officially approved independent bodies

Coming to France

Make sure to find out the relevant information to make your arrival and stay in France as easy as possible. If you are not an EU, ... [Read more]
15 July 2014