Few people, and certainly few British people, are aware that there are laws concerning the content of business websites in France. All non-personal (ie, business) websites in France are required to contain specific information. Here’s a rundown of those requirements:
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.
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.
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
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€!