Published on : 26/05/2020 26 May May 05 2020

Doing business in France requires keeping up to speed with the quickly evolving and growing legislation. Whether it’s Labor Law, Tax, Social Security, or other, we’re here to guide you through the new rules of the game 

The state of health emergency has been extended until 10 July 2020, included.

However, the term of exceptional measures for adapting deadlines and procedures is no longer linked to the end of the state of emergency.

In its opinion dated 1 May 2020, the Conseil d'Etat had considered that the extension of the state of emergency was justified. However, in the context of the gradual lifting of the lockdown, it called on the Government to systematically re-examine and assess on a case-by-case basis the numerous measures derogating from ordinary law that were also extended.

Following the progressive starting of economic activities, the Government decided to put an end to the measures aiming at interrupting time limits and postponing deadlines.

How does this principle of extension of time limits work?

This principle applies to deadlines and measures that have expired or expire between 12 March 2020 and 23 June 2020. The Ministry of Justice uses the term "legally protected period" The tax administration uses the term "reference period".

The “legally protected period”, during which many deadlines are suspended, is therefore to come to an end on 23 June 2020 at midnight.

The time limits for appeals before the administrative and judicial courts are no longer suspended after 23 June 2020.

The deadlines provided for in the various tax audit procedures, which were suspended during the legally protected period, will start running again after 24 August 2020. Such time limits include deadlines for resumption of administration that should have expired on December 31, 2020.

The derogatory arrangements for the operation of the administrative and judicial courts will end on 23 September 2020.


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