11. Social Security Contributions in France

  1. Structure
  2. Contribution Rates
  3. Relief from Contributions
  4. Social Security Benefits

11.4. Social Security Benefits in France

Broadly speaking, the benefits available to self-employed workers are the same as those for employees, save in relation to unemployment benefit where there a more limited scheme applies.

If you become ill, or you have a work related accident that prevents you from carrying out your business, you are entitled to sickness benefit. The amount payable is based on an average of your earnings over the last three years, with maximum and minimum daily rates.

A self-employed person pays in contributions towards training as a general part of the system of social security. They are, in turn, entitled to benefit from assistance with professional training.

Finally, you will also contribute towards a pension when you retire.

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