French for Business Part 2: 85 French Terms Related to Business and Employment


Last Updated: August 31, 2022

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Planning to do business in France anytime soon? Whether you’re popping in for a quick business trip or relocating to a French-speaking country for work, it’s good to brush up on French words that you might definitely come across.

If you haven’t checked it yet, you should also go over the Guide to French Business Culture here. As the first installment in this 2-part French for Business Series, it covers most of the things you need to know to navigate the French corporate world with ease.

French Business Etiquette

And now for the vocabulary list.

You can also download the Business Vocabulary English-French PDF version below.

1. les affairesbusiness
2. l’homme d’affairesbusinessman
3. la femme d’affairesbusinesswoman
4. le voyage d‘affairesbusiness trip
5. le déjeuner d’affairesbusiness lunch
6. le clientclient
7. l’acheteurbuyer
8. le vendeurseller
9. l’associépartner
10. le baillease/ rental contract
11. le bénéficeprofit
12. les biensassets
13. brutgross
14. le chiffre d’affairesales/ turnover
15. le concurrentcompetitor
16. la compteaccount
17. la directionmanagement
18. la gérancemanagement
19. la gestionmanagement
20. l’entrepreneurentrepreneur
21. l’étude de marchémarket study
22. créer une entrepriseto set up a business
23. faire failliteto go bankrupt
24. les fraisfees
25. l’impôttax
26. la liquidationliquidation
27. la locationrental
28. la main-d’oeuvreworkforce
29. le paiementpayment
30. la perteloss
31. le contratbusiness deal
32. le directeur généralmanaging director
33. le chefboss
34. le portablelaptop
35. la sociétécompany
36. Une société par actionsa joint-stock company
37. Une société à responsabilité limitéea limited-liability company
38. Une multinationalea multinational company
39. Une maison mèrea parent company
40. Une association (à but non lucratif)a non-profit organization
41. PME – petite et moyenne entreprisea small and medium-sized business (SMB)
42. le personnelstaff/employees
43. le siège socialhead office
44. la succursalebranch
45. comité de direction or codir for shorttop management
46. le service marketingmarketing department
47. les services de ventesales department
48. la comptabilité (or la compta)acocunting department
49. le service de contentieuxlegal department
50. le service de ressources humaineshuman resources department
51. les honorairesfees
52. le bulletin de salairewage slip
53. le salairesalary
54. le registre du personnelpayroll
55. Un licenciementlayoff/ lay-off
56. Une avanceadvance payment
57. Un règlement par virement bancairepayment by bank transfer
58. la formationtraining
59. la marque déposéeregistered trademark
60. Un rapport annuelannual financial statement
61. Un employeuremployer
62. les employésemployees
63. stagiairesinterns
64. Un apprentiapprentice
65. PDG (président-directeur général)CEO
66. le chef, le patron, le bossthe boss
67. une annonceannouncement
68. une candidatureapplication
69. une lettre de motivationcover/ covering letter
70. un entretienan interview (note: une interview is used mainly for journalism-related interviews)
71. un posteposition
72. Un travailjob
73. une réunionbusiness meeting
74. un rendez-vousan appointment or social meeting
75. prendre rendez-vousto make an appointment
76. un appel d’offrescall for bids/ invitation for tenders
77. répondre à un appel d'offresto bid for a contract
78. un sous-traitantsubcontractor
79. un contrat à durée indéterminée (CDI)A CDI is a long-term contract that cannot be terminated by either party without two months (sometimes three months) notice.
80. un contrat à durée déterminée (CDD)A short-term contract
81. Une évaluationevaluation
82. Un compte-renduminutes of the meeting; write-up
83. comportement de l'entreprisecorporate behaviour
84. délocaliserto relocate
85. démissionnerto resign

Don’t see the work-related terms you’re looking for? Your business French vocabulary might be in this article about Work and Status or here in  this vocabulary list for Essential Work-Related Words.

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