The au pair contract regulates the various rights and duties of the au pair and the host family. It must be signed by both parties and this should be done before the au pair travels to France. Non-EU au pairs also need the contract for the visa application.
There are two different contracts for France depending on the nationality of the au pair:
Terminating an au pair contract
It is possible to terminate the au pair contract at any time. In accordance with the European Agreement on the Au Pair Placement, both contracting parties should observe a two weeks' notice period in taking such a step. This gives the au pair sufficient time to search for a new host family or to organise a trip back home. In serious cases, it is possible to terminate the contract with immediate effect.