However you decide to set up your business, all the formalities for creating a new company can be dealt with at the nearest Centre de formalités des entreprises (CFE), which are located throughout France. They handle all administrative details in one place, including all the documents required to set up, change or close down companies, and deliver them to the relevant authorities. It takes a few days for a company or branch to be recorded in the Company Register (Registre du commerce et des sociétés – RCS). The cost of administrative formalities is approximately €50, plus the cost of publishing a notice announcing a new company in the legal gazette (approximately €230).
A company or establishment can also be registered online.