Expat France


France - The French lifestyle is envied around the world. From chic and cultured Paris to the vineyards and sunflower fields of Provence, France continues to attract expats with its style, scenery and a cuisine that promotes eating to an art form.

France - Discussion Forum - Latest Posts

  Franglish - learn French and meet locals in Bordeaux
  Franglish - learn French and meet locals in Strasbourg
  Franglish - learn French and meet locals in Montpellier
  Franglish - learn French and meet locals in Nice
  Expat Experience: Christopher GJ Cooley, Bordeaux
  Article: Starting A Small Business In France?
  What Scent Are You ‘Singing’?
  Article: Driving In Paris - A Few Survival Tips For Expats
  Expat Experience: Kim, Near Chateaubriant - Loire Atlantique
  Expat Experience: Richard Nahem, Paris

Expat Focus Columnists - France
Kim Defforge
Stephanie Dagg

  Starting A Small Business In France - 5 Things You Should Know

Articles - France

The French government has made considerable efforts to promote a better entrepreneurial environment in the country, and this has comes as a huge respite to expats, who, in the past, tended to get bogged down by restrictive legislation and tedious processes. Here are 5 things you should know when starting a business in France.

Creating your company

The first step in starting your company in France is to write the statuts or basic laws of the company. These are standardized documents that may be obtained online.   more ...

  Driving In Paris - A Few Survival Tips For Expats

Articles - France

Driving in Paris can be a nerve-wracking experience for many. The Étoile, for example, is the intersection of twelve major Parisian roads, and maneuvering a vehicle through this junction alone has given many foreigners the jitters. Most holiday-goers are advised to avoid driving in Paris at all costs because of the numerous hassles one is likely to face. But for those who are in the process of making the city their home, driving may become a necessity. While Parisians may have mastered the art of navigating the bustling streets, expats could do with a few survival tips.

Renting a car   more ...

  5 Good Reasons You Should Move To France (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Articles - France

France, with its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, fine wine and scrumptious cuisine, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. It probably doesn’t take much to make you want to pack your bags and head to the picturesque French countryside for a weeklong holiday. But moving to a foreign country is something quite different. It is a truly life-changing move, and one that should usually involve a great deal of thought. If you’re wondering whether moving to France is the right decision for you, here are 5 good reasons why it just might be:

• A new cultural experience
Getting introduced to a new culture can always be an opportunity to evolve as a person.   more ...

  France - Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Articles - France

At Expat Focus, we like to take a look around the internet and see who’s sharing interesting ideas and useful tips for expatriate life all around the world. In our travels, we come across lots of blogs we’d like to recommend, and we’ll be featuring some of them over the coming months. Today we’re focusing on France; here are five of our favourite expats writing from their new French homes.   more ...

  An English Christmas - French Style

Rosie's Prawn Cocktail - French Style
Articles - France

I must have blinked, just as I thought Autumn had arrived it was suddenly winter. Its now time to start planning my Christmas, well planning started in March when our turkeys arrived becoming the most pampered live stock here at Half Acre, with a diet of bread, corn and fresh veg. Now they’re ready to repay us by providing us with our Christmas lunch.

Having an extended family here in France there are occasions when we attend two Christmas feasts; a French one Christmas eve and a traditional English one on Christmas day. The French don't have a Boxing day holiday and are usually back at work on the 26th so it makes sense to have a relaxing restrained Christmas day and let the excesses of Christmas Eve fade.   more ...


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