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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.

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  Five Things To Avoid Doing When You Move To France


Articles - France

In spite of its reputation as a place where people can be cold and unwelcoming, France is actually a wonderful place to live. The food, the wine, and the French countryside are all fantastic, and the French people are great if you get to know them and show a little patience and initiative yourself. They’re not as instantly friendly and gregarious as certain other cultures can be towards expats, but with time, you can certainly form friendships and maintain a level of warmth with casual acquaintances.   more ...

  Fed Up Of Life In France As An Expat? Try These Suggestions!


Articles - France

Expats sometimes experience a feeling of being fed up with the expat life, and many may yearn to return home. Although not all expats go through this, it can crop up suddenly, especially among those who have been living abroad for some time.

If you’re living in France and getting that feeling of expat fatigue, don’t leave just yet. Try these suggestions and you just might change your mind.   more ...

  5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Paris


Articles - France

Paris is one of the most elegant and sophisticated cities in the world. The River Seine, which flows through the heart of the city, and the thirty-two bridges across it; the architecturally brilliant city squares; and the many grand monuments are all testament to a rich cultural heritage.

But apart from the aesthetic appeal, Paris also offers some practical benefits, such as excellent business opportunities due to the robust economy.   more ...

  Etiquette Faux Pas In France: How Not To Act


Articles - France

France is a land of great cultural diversity. The heart of the country, the city of Paris, is a perfect reflection of this with its mix of people and ideas. But like every other country in the world, there are some inherent cultural customs that are practised by the locals. These social practices date back many years and foreigners may not always be aware of them. Expats will find that social etiquette and formalities are more emphasized in the north of the country, especially in Paris. They are more relaxed as you travel to the south of France. Here are some common etiquette faux pas that may occur in France and some tips on how to avoid them.   more ...

  Shopping For The First Time In France? Here's What You Need To Know


Articles - France

France is among the top shopping destinations in the world. There are shops and stores to suit every shopper’s needs, and you can find everything here, from wines and cheese to high-end fashion. France also has its own traditional handicrafts, which are still produced in many villages. Products like handmade pottery and glass make great souvenirs and gifts. Expats who are just settling into life in France also need to know where to buy essential goods like groceries and household items. Here’s our guide to shopping in France.

Shops and supermarkets

Several small shops and supermarkets with a variety of everyday goods and foods can be found in every town and city center. International foods from other countries can also be found at many of them.   more ...

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