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France: Contracts of employment

Original and updating author: Mark Carley

Consultant editors: Maxime Pigeon and Apolline De Noailly, Osborne Clarke


  • Employment contracts must be written in certain cases, such as fixed-term or part-time contracts. (See General)
  • There are various rules regarding probationary periods, including their maximum duration. (See Probationary periods)
  • There are rules regarding various different types of contracts, including fixed-term and temporary agency work contracts. (See Types of contract)
  • Employers must provide employees with specified information where their contracts are not in writing. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • There are rules regarding how employers may go about varying employees' conditions of employment. (See Variation of contract)
  • Non-competition clauses in employment contracts are permitted, if they meet certain requirements, for example in terms of the scope of the post-employment restrictions on the employee and the financial compensation payable. (See Non-competition clauses)