A visit to Glasgow to study the city's approach to tackling homelessness is helping shape legislation in France.
Tents provided for homeless people in Paris
Georges Cavallier, president of a housing body in France, has praised Scotland's approach after a visit to north Glasgow in February.
Mr Cavallier said: "Scotland's innovative approach undoubtedly influenced the French government."
Scotland aims to eradicate homelessness by 2012. In France, the government aims to create a legal right to housing.
A bill is to go before the French parliament.
Mr Cavallier is president of a voluntary housing organisation formed to tackle poor quality housing in France.
He said: "The various discussions and debates that we had with our Scottish hosts and partners were very useful to shed a more knowledgeable and experienced light on this law-making intent."
Archie Stoddart, director of Shelter Scotland, said: "The international attention that Scotland has received because of its forward thinking homelessness legislation should not be underestimated."