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France > Health

France

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In France

Thursday September 12, 2019 (16:54:38)

France’s social healthcare system, l’assurance maladie, is fairly comprehensive and covers almost everyone. However, expats may still decide to take out private health insurance in France for a number of reasons.

Registering with the French health insurance system requires a three-month wait after arriving in the country, followed by up to another three months of submitting paperwork and waiting for responses from local authorities and doctors. Some expats choose to take out private health insurance to cover them during this period. Private health insurance also covers more options than the state health system: opticians, osteopaths and chiropractors, for example, are not covered by state healthcare.   more ...

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France

How To Register With The French Health Service

Thursday September 12, 2019 (16:36:22)

France offers healthcare for everyone living in the country, whether you are an expat on a short-term assignment or a life-long citizen. However, in order to reap the benefits of the health system, you will need to register first.

L’assurance maladie is the term for the main French healthcare system, and it covers almost all health-related concerns, from GP visits to dental treatment. The only services not covered by l’assurance maladie are opticians and optional healthcare extras such as chiropractors and osteopaths.   more ...

France > Property

France

How To Rent Out Your Home In France

Thursday August 08, 2019 (11:15:33)

Are you thinking about letting out your property in France? Before throwing open the doors of your dream property, here is a handy checklist to assist you as you stumble through the quagmire of rules and regulations set out by the French government.   more ...

France > Living

France

How Might The Changes In French Driving Laws Affect You?

Monday July 08, 2019 (16:24:19)

For France, 2019 so far has been nothing but turbulent. Following President Macron’s announcement of plans to increase the costs of petrol and diesel at the end of last year, mass protests ensued that snowballed into violent riots. Of course, the Yellow Vest protests were not solely based on the fuel hikes, but also the high cost of living in France and the government’s tax reforms, which were felt to be disproportionately hitting the working class.   more ...

France > Living

France

Gilets Jaunes: What's Behind The Protests, And What Do They Mean For Expats?

Monday July 01, 2019 (18:05:10)
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A widespread movement across France has gained global attention and been dominating the news. In fact, the protests organised and carried out by the gilets jaunes have become so colossal that the mouvement des gilets jaunes has become the longest running protest in France since the 1940s. The protests have been increasing in scale and violence since the end of last year, but they have undeniably produced tangible results from a government that had no choice but to listen to the unrest.   more ...

France > Health

France

France Implements Euthanasia Law: Will Other EU Countries Follow Suit?

Tuesday June 25, 2019 (12:04:36)

The topic of euthanasia is one that has long divided opinions. However, due to current happenings in France, the conversation surrounding the right to die debate has been reignited.   more ...

France > Property

France

How To Find An Apartment In Cannes

Monday June 17, 2019 (14:26:26)

The French port of Cannes is a legendarily lovely place to live, with its silver screen associations and glamorous image. For many people, it’s the first place that comes to mind when they think of the South of France: yachts, beaches, sophisticated dining and shopping as well as the classic Mediterranean climate. It’s a place for which many people have a hankering – but is that just a pipe dream? How easy is it to find accommodation in the town?   more ...

France > Moving

France

How Will The New Carte De Sejour Rules Affect You?

Monday June 10, 2019 (18:15:49)

As Brexit continues to loom, it is strongly suggested that UK passport holders living in France apply for a carte de séjour (French residency permit). This is not a current legal requirement, but if this is done before Brexit, it will give you the right to remain in France. This is a good time to apply for the permit as not many people are doing so right now.   more ...

France > Financial

France

How Might The Changes To France's Taxation System Affect You?

Monday April 01, 2019 (16:49:34)

A new year brings new changes to the French Tax system. They are not as dramatic as they have been in some previous years, but there are still some significant changes.   more ...

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France

How Might The Changes To France's Pension Reforms Affect You?

Monday April 01, 2019 (16:13:38)

The French government is in the process of a total pension revamp. Currently, there are two main compulsory pension plans: ARRCO and AGIRC. AGIRC applies primarily to white-collar employees, while ARRCO applies mostly to blue-collar staff. These French pension plans are funded by employer and employee social security contributions. Pension benefits for public sector workers are worked out based on salary during the last six months before retirement. In the private sector, pensions are based on the salary average over the last 25 years of service.   more ...