From the OpenCorporates Blog:
Enfin! Back in January 2017, OpenCorporates quietly started publishing France company data in “beta” mode.
We’re now formally announcing it after completing further work to allow us to process daily updates.
It is thanks to the persistence, effort, and hard-work from open data advocates both inside and outside government that French companies are now available as open data.
Since January, France’s Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE) has published the official “SIRENE” company registration database as open data, and after extensive analysis and processing, we added this data to OpenCorporates. This added over 10 million entities, making it our 120th jurisdiction, and the 2nd largest just behind the UK.
The main company identifier used in France is the “SIREN” – a 9 digit number (consisting of 8 digits + 1 check-digit). This uniquely identifies registered companies, sole traders and state bodies. This number is issued by INSEE at the point of registration of the entity. The number is never re-used. For sole-traders / individuals, the same number is kept for life.
Direct to Open Corporates
Direct to Open Company Data Index