I am an F-1 student who just graduated with an M.S. in journalism and I will be getting my EAD card on July 15. I found a French employer who wants me to work in their Washington D.C. office as a correspondent but I am wondering whether or not this qualifies for legal employment under OPT?

-I will be working + 20h/week
-The French employer does not have a US taxpayer number and I will be paid in France (on a French bank account)

I would like to go back to France for August. As long as I have all my administrative documents along with my EAD card and my proof of employment, I think that I should be able to come back to the U.S. and start working. My only concern is whether the fact that my employer is located in France would prevent me from coming back to the U.S.?

Thanks so much for your answer,