The information contained in this section has been provided  by  the national authority in June 2019. We invite you to contact your national contact point to check whether this information is the latest version available. 

National Contact Point

Hôtel de Région, 27 place Jules Guesde, 13481 Marseille Cedex 20, France

Ms. Laetitia Bedouet  
Tel: + 33 4 88 10 76 39




France opted for a decentralised system, which allows two possibilities:

1) The FLC is an external controller chosen in accordance with the public procurement rules set up by the national authority.

2) The FLC is an internal controller: public entities (staffed by a public accountant) are not subject to the obligation to use an external controller if they have an internal public controller. In this case a request for approval must be sent to the national authority.

On-the-spot verifications conducted by FLCS

At least one on-the-spot visit is scheduled during the project’s life. Additional visits can be scheduled if problems are encountered.

Other checks performed by the national authority

The national authority performs quality controls. The purpose of these controls is to verify that the project is properly managed at the level of the beneficiary partner (respect of deadlines, use of standard documents, record keeping, presence of administrative and financial parts); to verify that the control carried out by the first level controller complies with the expectations of the Community and national regulations and that it provides assurance as to the quality of the work performed by the selected first level controller; to identify defects in the procedures and, where appropriate, to propose improvements; and to report any irregularities which will result in either documentary conformance or financial corrections.

An annual calendar is established by the national authority. A sampling methodology has been set up.

Daily allowances

French partners must comply with national rules regarding daily allowances established in the « Arrêté du 3 juillet 2006 fixant les taux des indemnités de mission prévues à l'article 3 du décret n° 2006-781 du 3 juillet 2006 fixant les conditions et les modalités de règlement des frais occasionnés par les déplacements temporaires des personnels civils de l'Etat ».

Link to the applicable rule:

This rule applies for public and private partners.

Public procurement

French partners (both public and private) should apply the following rules: Décret n°2016-360 du 25 mars 2016 relatif aux marches publics et   Ordonnance n° 2015-899 du 23 juillet 2015 relative aux marchés publics.   

In any case, all partners must respect principles of the TUE. Principles of freedom of access to public procurement, equal treatment of candidates and transparency of procedures.

Link to national rules applicable:

Technical facts sheet drafted by the Directorate of Legal Affairs (DAJ) of the Ministry of the Economy, finance and public accounts on the procedures to be implemented concerning public procurement than less 25 000 euros HT as well as the contracts of procedure Adapted (MAPA). Public or private structures can be used for any purchase or when they use external services.

  • What procedure to implement for purchases of less than 25 OOO euros;
  • Contracts with an appropriate procedure;
  • The notion of contracting authority;
  • Advertising thresholds;
  • Modalities for amending contracts