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Ministry for the Economy and Finance (policy making)
Agency for State Financial Information (AIFE) (implementation and maintenance)


Ordinance No. 2014-697 of 26 June 2014 on the development of electronic invoicing

B2G eInvoicing will be mandatory in France gradually from 2017 until 2020

Mandatory for

Submitting: Economic operators
Receiving and processing: Central authorities, Regional authorities & Local authorities

  • OASIS UBL 2.1

Chorus Pro (in production)


The Ordinance No. 2014-697 of 26 June 2014 on the development of electronic invoicing stipulates that economic operators involved in public procurement should submit eInvoices, which have to be accepted by all public administrations.

The mandatory submission of eInvoices started, on a gradual basis, from January 2017. According to the ordinance, the date of enforcement of the law for the suppliers varies according to the company size:

  • 01/01/2017 for any company including more than 5000 employees
  • 01/01/2018 for any company including 250 to 5000 employees
  • 01/01/2019 for any company including 10 to 250 employees
  • 01/01/2020 for any company including less than 10 employees

The law 2015-990 of 6 August 2015 for the growth, activity and equal economic opportunities excludes from the application of ordinance 2014-697:

  • SNCF, SNCF Réseau et SNCF Mobilités ;
  • Caisse des dépôts et consignations.

eInvoicing platform and eInvoicing management solutions

In France, due to compulsory legislation concerning e-invoicing, a national unique invoicing portal called "Chorus Pro" has been developed by the Agence pour l'Informatique Financière de l’État (AIFE), the french national public agency for IT, depending of the Ministry for the Economy and Finance.

Chorus Pro supports all suppliers of the public sector to submit their invoices, to check on their current status of the invoice and the payments.

Usage of Chorus Pro is free of charge for suppliers and contracting authorities.

In order to adapt to the capacities and needs of the suppliers concerned, the portal offers three modes of sending: the manual entry of invoices directly on the platform, the downloading of PDF or XML invoices (signed or not) from the portal, and EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) in direct connection or via a service operator.

Chorus Pro allows the use of the UBL Invoice 2.1 standard for different types of formats (including structured UBL and minimal UBL). As from April, it will also allow the use of standard CII 16B

Status on the implementation of the European Standard on eInvoicing (EN)

The draft law on the Growth and Transformation of enterprises (PACTE), which will be submitted to Parliament by summer 2018, should empower the government to take legislative measures to ensure the transposition of Directive 2014/55/EU of 16 April 2014 on electronic invoicing in the context of public procurement.

The national centralised eInvoicing infrastructure Chorus Pro already supports UN/CEFACT CII and UBL. The EN will have no real technical impact. The EN will have no impact on public administration as Chorus Pro is provided at no cost for administrations or suppliers.

Approach for receiving and processing eInvoices

The Agency for State Financial Information is responsible for operating the (single hub) eInvoicing platform (Chorus Pro).

Economic operators submitting eInvoices and public entities receiving and processing eInvoices are connected to the Chorus Pro, a three-corner operating model. 

Additional information

The French e-invoicing forum (Forum national de la facture électronique et des marches publics électroniques – FNFE-MPE) and the German Forum (Forum elektronische Rechnung Deutschland – FeRD) have developed Factur-X, a hybrid invoice based on the EN16931. The implementation of Factur-X in Chorus Pro is scheduled for April 2018.

Are you aware of further developments on eInvoicing B2G in this country? Contact us via the link Something wrong with this page? at the bottom of this page.
You can also access the 2016 and 2017 eInvoicing Country Sheets via the eInvoicing User Community.


Last updated:  Jun 22, 2018 10:59



ReviewerLaura Hiel and Cyrille Sautereau

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