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International students have the right to work while studying in France as long as they are enrolled in an institution that participates in the national student health-care plan.
Students who are not nationals of EU member countries must also hold a valid residency permit.
The right to work applies to all students, inlcuding those who are in France for the first time, those who are enrolled in the first year of a university program, and those who are enrolled full-time in a language school.
The law allows students to work 964 hours in a given year, which corresponds to 60% of full-time employment for the year.
Remember that you can’t expect to meet all of your expenses by working part-time, so you must have other means of support.
France has a national minimum hourly wage, known as the SMIC. The SMIC presently stands at € 9,53 gross per hour worked since january 1, 2014, before mandatory withholding for social benefits. Withholding reduces the worker’s net wage by about 20%.
You are no longer required to obtain temporary employment authorization (APT, Autorisation Provisoire de Travail) in order to work part-time while enrolled. (Exception: Algerian students are still covered by the Franco-Algerian agreement of December 27, 1968.)