Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2014 data for France. The first table lists the overall "Ease of Doing Business" rank (out of 189 economies) and the rankings by each topic. It also lists the economy's distance to frontier (DTF)** measure. The rest of the tables summarize the key indicators for each topic and benchmark against regional and high-income economy (OECD) averages.

Economy Overview

Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 65,696,689
GNI Per Capita (US$) 41,750
City covered Paris
Doing Business 2014 Rank Doing Business 2013 Rank*** Change in Rank
38 35 down -3

Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2013 DTF** (% points) Improvement in DTF** (% points)
71.97 71.92 down 0.05
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Doing Business reform making it more difficult to do business.

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2014 Rank 41 DB 2013 Rank*** 29 Change in Rank down-12
DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 91.43 DB 2013 DTF** (% points) 91.43 Improvement in DTF** (% points) 0.00

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator France OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
5 5

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
6.5 11.1

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
0.9 3.6

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in Min. Capital (% of income per capita)
0.0 10.4
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Check name for uniqueness with the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI) Less than one day (online procedure) no charge (unless deeper research is made, for example, by field of activity)
2 Deposit the initial capital 1 day no charge
* 3 Publish a notice of incorporation of the company 1 day, simultaneous with Procedure 2 EUR 5.48 per line of 40 characters (assuming 30 lines)
4 File a request for a company’s registration with the Centre de Formalités des Entreprises (CFE) 4 days EUR 83.96 paid to the trade register in the Commercial court
* 5 Buy company books (minute books, inventory books, ledgers). Have company books stamped and initialed by the clerk of the commercial court 1 day, simultaneous with Procedure 4 EUR 45 for three books (EUR 15 per book) + EUR 3.11 stamping fee
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

** The distance to frontier (DTF) measure shows the distance of each economy to the "frontier," which represents the highest performance observed on each of the topics including Getting Electricity across all economies included in Doing Business. An economy’s distance to frontier is indicated on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted: they are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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