Websites & La Loi Française

Few people, and certainly few British people, are aware that there are laws concerning the content of certain websites in France. Depending on the type of website, it may be required to display specific information. Here’s a look at those requirements:

Business websites

Regardless of the type or size of business you run, if it has a website, it should display:

  • The owner’s name & address
  • Your contact information
  • The business name and registered address
  • Your RCS regstration number (usually your SIREN)
  • Your TVA (VAT) number, if applicable
  • The businesses’ share capital (if applicable)

Additionally, if your website is an information resource (such as a forum or a blog), it must include the name and address of your website hosting provider.

E-Commerce Business websites

If your website is an e-commerce website (ie, an online shop), then as well as the above, it must also contain:

  • Your prices, quoted in euros and inclusive of tax
  • You delivery charges
  • Your accepted payment methods
  • A Terms and Conditions page
  • Your cancellation policy

Some people prefer to create a “Legal Information” page listing all these details in one place. This is optional: the important thing is to ensure the information is there somewhere.

If you are based in France and have a website, it’s a good idea to ensure yours complies. The punishment for non-compliance can in theory be up to one year of imprisonment, or a fine of 75,000€!