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Factsheet for case FR-2020-11/556 – measures in France

Extension of period for recipients of social rights allowances

Prolongation de droits sociaux

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 12 March 2020 – 31 July 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Case created 13 April 2020 (updated 10 May 2020)

Background information

This ordinance is intended to extend the rights and allowances paid to vulnerable persons whose entitlements expire on or after March 12, the start of the confinement period. The aim is to suspend all procedures for beneficiaries and to ensure that their assistance and allowances are extended until the end of the confinement period, even if such assistance were to stop from 12 March or be subject to a new assessment.

Content of measure

Recipients of the rights and benefits provided to vulnerable categories - whose agreement on those rights and benefits expires between 12 March and 31 July 2020 or has expired before 12 March but has not yet been renewed by that date - shall benefit from an extension of the duration of that agreement for a period of 6 months from the date of expiry of that agreement or from 12 March if it expired before that date, renewable once by decree. The benefits concerned are in particular - the allowance for disabled adults; - allowance for the education of a disabled child; - the disability compensation benefit.

Use of measure

No data yet available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Parents

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Local funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

Social partners have welcomed the measure.



Eurofound (2020), Extension of period for recipients of social rights allowances, case FR-2020-11/556 (measures in France), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.