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New french law against VAT fraud
For short, starting 2018, a new french law oblige french merchants to use a software that meets the requirements of inalterability, security, preservation and archiving of data for control by the french tax administration.

This applies to e-commerce softwares.

All important records (orders, invoices) must be made inalterable, secured, journaled, archived.

The management software itself must be then certified NF525 by two organizations accredited to deliver a registered certificate.
The process is complex and expensive (~30.000 EUR)

From January 1, 2018 the company is liable of a fine of 7 500 € per management software, accounting or cash system concerned, in case of a control by the DGFIP (Direction générale des Finances publiques).
The company then has 60 days to comply, otherwise the fine can be applied again.

So basicaly, all open source e-commerce softwares are illegal in France starting 2018 as they cant be certified to the sense of the law.

NOTE: A recent page in english describing the new law for french merchants.
An attack on small merchants - 30k euros to get accredited!! This will mean a lot of businesses will just close or move sites to another country.
Here doc about what is needed to get siftware certified: 
.pdf   referentiel-certification-systemes-caisse.pdf (Size: 450.75 KB / Downloads: 0)
If you read, you see it is very complex, some commercial editors have already NF525 certification, but i doubt any open source software will have it.
See Prestashop or Magento forums. Prestashop future NF525 module is a joke. They dont know what to do and nobody has a solution.
Knowing the french administration, it is the end of using open source software in France for 134.000 merchants.
Thanks for sharing this with us.

It looks like it is a sad day for new business entrepreneurs in France (and a great day for French accountants).

I really was looking forward for Mr Macron new economic reforms when he got elected but this looks like a step backward.
Funny enough, this was one of the reasons I decided to move to the UK in the first place years ago. The French administration was painful back then but it looks like it is going to get even worse after this.

Bonne chance et bon courage à tous mes amis en France.
OpenCart Overclocked Edition Lead developer

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