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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-11/556 Updated – 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 – 30 June 2021
Context COVID-19
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
Measure added 13 April 2020 (updated 18 May 2021)

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.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

09 December 2020

In the context of the health crisis, an ordinance of 9 December 2020 extends the rights to supplementary health insurance, the disabled adult allowance, the disability compensation benefit and the disabled child education allowance.

During the first wave of the epidemic, the ordinance of 25 March ensured the continuity of certain social rights granted to people with disabilities or in poverty, by relaxing the conditions for opening and recognising the right to certain benefits. This new order published on 10 December 2020 extends some of these changes. It extends the entitlement to certain benefits that would expire or will expire between 1 August and the end of the state of emergency provided for by the decree of 14 October 2020 and provides for the payment of advances. It also provides for compensation for non-salaried agricultural workers forced to stop working.

The ordinance aims to ensure the continuity of the rights of people receiving disability-related benefits such as the disabled adults' allowance (AAH) and the resource supplement (for people who continue to receive it since 1 December 2019).

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 Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

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

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


Social partners on national level manage the unemployment insurance scheme. Therefore they are consulted to the measure decided by the government.

Views and reactions

Social partners have welcomed the measure.


  • 25 March 2020: Ordonnance n° 2020-312 du 25 mars 2020 relative à la prolongation de droits sociaux (
  • 09 December 2020: Ordonnance n° 2020-1553 du 9 décembre 2020 prolongeant, rétablissant ou adaptant diverses dispositions sociales pour faire face à l'épidémie de covid-19 (


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


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