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France: Recruitment and selection

Original and updating author: Mark Carley

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


  • Direct and indirect discrimination in recruitment and selection is outlawed on various grounds. (See Discrimination)
  • The inclusion of certain information in job advertisements is prohibited. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • There are various rules relating to the information that can be requested from candidates and selection methods. (See Selection)
  • A firm job offer constitutes a "promise of recruitment", breach of which may result in legal proceedings for damages. (See Job offers)
  • In general, only individuals aged 16 or over may be employed or given an apprenticeship. (See Young people and children)
  • There are restrictions on the employment of nationals of countries outside the EU member states, the EEA countries and Switzerland. (See Foreign nationals)
  • Employers with at least 20 employees must in principle ensure that at least 6% of their workforce is made up of people with disabilities. (See Employment quota for people with disabilities)
  • Certain groups of existing employees have priority if they apply for positions in their job category. (See Priority for employment)
  • Before an employee starts work, the employer must send specified information to the local social security office. (See Formalities)