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What are the VAT rates in France?

There are 4 different VAT rates in France. The current VAT rates applicable are either 20%, 10%, 5.5% or 2.1%, but most goods sold in France are subject to the payment of the 20% rate (also known as the “regular rate”).

Here is a board with the different VAT rates applied depending on the nature of the good/ service:

VAT Rate

Goods or Services


  • Pharmaceutical products reimbursable by social security
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Sale of live animals for slaughter
  • Admission to certain cultural events


This VAT rate is applied to goods or services considered essential, including:

  • books
  • works of art
  • cinema tickets & sporting event tickets
  • food
  • gas
  • electricity
  • equipment and services for the elderly and the disabled




  • restaurants
  • farming industry
  • forestry industry
  • television services (cable TV)
  • household work
  • passenger transport
  • camping pitches rental


Every other taxable good and service that has no specific VAT rate applied to it

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