The French social security is divided into 2 different bodies.
The URSSAF is the social body which collect the payment of the social security contributions. It also carries out the social contribution audit (“contrôle URSSAF”).
The CPAM provide the social security benefits. This is the body to which one send the social security claim in case of illness.
The “social security” is a very generic term. It includes the public health system. But it can also include the public legal retirement system.
The retirement body is the CNAV which provide the retirement benefits to the employees. Other bodies provide the retirement to the employer and independent professions.
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