Fact sheet: The french social security system

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Employees and their families are fully eligible for France’s comprehensive social security system, which includes:

  • Health, maternity, paternity, disability and death insurance.
  • Occupational accident and illness insurance.
  • Government pension contributions.
  • Family allowances.
  • Unemployment benefits.

3 minutes to understand the French Social Security system, an official video from Sécurité sociale


All foreign citizens, whether or not they are an employee, can continue to contribute voluntarily to their home country’s social security system.


Helpful tip:Salaries and bonuses (benefits in kind, expatriation bonuses, etc.) paid to foreign employees registered under the General Social Security System are subject to all the social security contributions payable to France’s mandatory and supplementary insurance funds at the rates in force.

Use the calculator provided by the URSSAF to find out what social security contributions you will be required to pay