The first official French Accounting Plan, adopted in 1947, had a marked influence in several countries. Its impact can still be felt today and many of its features have been retained in the 1982 French Accounting Plan. The article highlights the economic, political and accounting influences on the development of the 1947 Plan. The main characteristics of the Plan are also described. After presenting an overview of the events that marked the evolution of French accounting subsequent to the adoption of the 1947 Plan, the paper concludes with a comparison of the 1947 Plan with the latest French Plan (1982).

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