Debt Collection in France.

Handling debt is straightforward with our expert debt collection France team. From issuing a “formal demand” (mise en demeure) to engaging with a bailiff or navigating court procedures like “order to pay” (Injonction de payer) or “full trial procedure” (Procédure au fond), our team stays current with French debt collection laws and is fully equipped for every aspect of your case. With us, you get more than just effort – you get results.

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Service offering

No Cure = No Pay

Our debt collection agency France team adopts a 'No Cure = No Pay' model. This means if we don't successfully recover your debt, you won't owe us any commission. For successful collections, we issue a commission fee, which might already be covered by the debtor.

No Unexpected Costs

For handling debt collection in France, we charge a clear start-up fee ranging from €75 to €175. This ensures that we handle your case with the attention it deserves, without any hidden costs or surprises.

Amicable Procedures

Our aim is to resolve cases amicably. This approach is both time-saving and cost-effective. About 95% of the cases we solve, is solved amicably thanks you our efficient strategy. This reduces the need for complex and lengthy legal proceedings.

Legal Procedures

If your case requires legal action, Byrival is also backed by a network of law firms well-versed in the French legal system, ensuring your case specialized legal support and better chances for success.

Travel to Collect

Our 'Travel to Collect' service, which includes overseas debt collection extends to France as well. When necessary, we'll personally visit debtors wherever they are, a method that has proved to be very effective for Byrival over the past 22 years.

Personal Contact

You will have a personal contact dedicated to your debt collection needs in France, offering tailored advice and regular updates. This keeps you fully informed and in control throughout the process of your case.

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Today could be the first step towards resolving your debt collection issues in France. We're here to listen, understand your situation, and answer any questions you may have.

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Our process

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To understand why an invoice hasn’t been paid, we begin by examining international credit reports and searching through local databases like, and, among others. This investigation helps us to uncover the reasons behind the non-payment, allowing us to tailor our debt recovery strategy to suit the specific situation effectively.


Efficient Strategy

Our debt collection services in France are focused on efficiency. We only move forward with collections when there’s a realistic chance of success, ensuring that your resources are not wasted on debts that are unlikely to be recovered.


Start Case

Within 24 hours of receiving a new case, we initiate contact with the debtor. This quick response is key to setting a successful tone for the recovery process. If your debtor doesn’t respond to the initial formal demand (mise en demeure), we’ll then reach out to them directly by phone and email. This allows us to have a conversation with the debtor to better understand their situation, which helps in clearing up any misunderstandings that might exist.


Amicable Collection

Our primary aim in France is to resolve cases amicably. We successfully settle about 95% of our settled cases amicably, avoiding the need for more time-consuming and costly legal proceedings. When a debtor in France doesn’t pay during the initial, non-legal phase, our French lawyers can initiate an ‘injonction de payer,’ a cost-effective court procedure for claiming unpaid invoices. Our lawyer will request the court for an enforceable title, which legally obliges the debtor to pay immediately.


Legal Collection

If an amicable solution is not possible, we are ready to proceed with legal action. However, this is relatively rare, with less than 5% of our cases requiring this step. When disputed cases, we recommend starting with a procédure de référé, a type of expedited legal proceeding in France. Here, our French lawyer will present key documents through a bailiff to demonstrate the debtor’s obligation to pay. This process is applicable if we can show that the invoice is due, and the debtor doesn’t contest the claim. If the court finds the claim to be significantly disputed, the case will then move to the procédure au fond, or ordinary civil proceedings, for a more thorough examination.



When we successfully recover your debts, we issue a commission fee invoice, which may sometimes be covered by the debtor. If our debt collection solicitors do not succeed in recovering the debt, you will not be charged any fees.

Industries we operate in

At Byrival, our expertise as an international debt collection agency spans across various industries around the globe. Over the past 22+ years, we’ve built a wealth of knowledge in numerous sectors, thanks to our extensive and diverse clientele. Do you have cases outside these industries? No worries, we can still help you!


We collect debts worldwide.

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FAQ on international debt collection

ByRival collects debts in France by initially sending formal reminders to debtors. If these are ignored, we may escalate the process by involving our specialized debt collection team. In cases where the debt remains unresolved, we can proceed with legal actions in accordance with French law.

In France, debts can be pursued for a specific period depending on the type of debt. Generally, the statute of limitations for most debts is five years. However, this can vary, and certain actions like acknowledgment of the debt by the debtor can restart the limitation period.

Yes, debt collectors can pursue debts across European countries, thanks to EU regulations and international agreements. However, the process and effectiveness of collection may vary, governed by the laws of both the originating country (France in this case) and the country where the debtor currently resides.

Yes, France has specific regulations governing commercial debt collection. These regulations are overseen by professional bodies such as the “Ordre des Avocats” (Bar Association) and the “Ordre des Huissiers de Justice” (Bailiffs’ Association). Businesses engaging in commercial debt collection should be aware of these regulatory bodies.

Under French law, the limitation period for payment claims is generally 5 years. After this period, legal action against the debtor becomes invalid. However, there are exceptions; for instance, transport law claims have a 1-year limit, while some construction law claims extend to 10 years. The limitation period can be extended by debtor acknowledgment or initiating legal proceedings. For specific implications for your debt collection case in France, feel free to contact us for more information.

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