Bernard Friot is a French sociologist and economist. He is (since 2009) an emeritus professor of Sociology, and previously taught at Paris West University Nanterre La Défense.
He began his academic career in 1971 at the University Institutes of Technology of the University of Lorraine as an assistant and then as a lecturer in economics. His economics PhD thesis relates to the building up of the French social security system between 1920 and 1980. He challenges the interpretation that makes the 1945 Social Security a necessary element of the Fordist era of capitalism. He insists instead on the "anti-capitalist nature of the institutions of socialization of wages".
He leads the European Institute of Wages and a popular education association called Réseau Salariat, which promotes the idea of an "unconditional lifelong salary" (Salaire à vie inconditionnel) as an alternative proposal to the basic income - an idea denounced by Friot as "the spare wheel of capitalism".