The buying process France will usually follow this general path.
An agreement is reached between the vendor and purchaser on the property purchase price.
A solicitor or notary will draw up a legally binding contract which both parties must sign.
A 10% deposit is paid at this point. This money should be held in a secure account until the purchase completion.
The property in France that you have chosen will be withdrawn from the open market and the legal system begins its checks and surveys. If the purchaser pulls out of the contract at this stage the deposit would be lost.
Upon satisfactory completion of all checks, a final contract will be signed by both the vendor and purchaser at the Notary