TN 1 (07-99)

GN 01723.020 French Social Security Benefits

A. Introduction

Although France pays many different categories of benefits, this section describes only the retirement, disability and survivors benefits. These are the only French benefits included within the scope of the agreement.

B. Policy - French eligibility requirements

The eligibility requirements for French retirement, disability and survivors benefits are shown below.

1. Retirement Benefits

Eligibility requirements for French retirement benefits are as follows:

  1. Worker

    • Age 60

    • At least one calendar quarter of coverage

  2. Spouse - No provision. However, a supplement may be payable to a worker with a dependent spouse.

  3. Divorced Spouse - No provision.

  4. Child - No provision. However, a supplement may be payable to a worker with a dependent child.

2. Disability Benefits

Eligibility requirements for French disability benefits are as follows:

  1. Worker

    • Must be 100% disabled for total disability benefit or at least 66% disabled for a partial disability benefit,

    • Must have at least 12 months of coverage, and

    • Must have 800 hours of work during the 4 calendar quarters before the disability began (including 200 hours during the 4th quarter before the disability began).

  2. Spouse - No provision.

  3. Divorced Spouse - No provision.

  4. Child - No provision.

3. Survivor Benefits

French survivors benefits may be paid to survivors if the deceased worker had at least one quarter of coverage. The survivor must meet the following requirements:

  1. Widow(er) - At least age 55 or disabled, and not remarried.

    NOTE: If the widow(er) is under age 55 and not disabled, a small income-tested allowance is payable for 3 years provided the worker was covered during the 3 months before death.

  2. Divorced widow(er) - Same as widow(er).

  3. Child - No provision.

  4. Lump-sum death benefit - A one-time payment may be paid to survivors if the deceased worker had some recent coverage.

C. Procedure

Advise individuals that SSA cannot give official information about French benefits. Refer those individuals who want official information to the following address:

  • Social Security Center for Migrant Workers
    11, rue de la Tour des Dames
    75436, Paris Cedex 09
    FRANCE


To Link to this section - Use this URL:
http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0201723020
GN 01723.020 - French Social Security Benefits - 04/02/2014
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