TN 1 (07-99)
GN 01723.010 Organization of the French Social Security System
The French Social Security system provides a wide range of benefits including retirement, survivors and disability benefits. To qualify for French benefits, a worker must meet minimum length-of-coverage or recency-of-work requirements that vary depending on the type of benefit. Under the French general system, retirement pensions and some types of survivors benefits may be paid based on as little as one calendar quarter of contributions. Benefit amounts are based on the length of time the worker contributed to the French system and the level of his/her earnings.