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An Expat Guide To Allocations Familiales In France

Friday November 03, 2017 (14:15:51)

Being a legal resident of France gives you access to a wide variety of benefits, including a number of childcare facilities. As an expat family, you can make use of several family entitlements by applying for child allowance, family income support, single parent allowance or housing allowance. In certain cases (mainly family allowance), you may also be entitled to claim back pay for up to two years.   more ...

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The Top Ten French Cities For Buying Property

Thursday October 19, 2017 (15:21:05)

France is known for many things. Its cuisine is renowned the world over, and some of the most sophisticated vintage wines can be found in France. The country has been an important center of art and is the abode of many famous artists. It is a tourist hotspot and is one of the most visited destinations in the world, as well as being a center of romance. The world’s largest museum, the Louvre, is in France. It also has one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. It’s therefore no wonder that having a home in France is so advantageous.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To The French Education System

Thursday August 10, 2017 (15:20:52)

Similar to the French health system, education here is very reputable. If you and your family are thinking of moving to France decisions will need to be made regarding the education of your child, and this guide will give you an insight into the options available.   more ...

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Top Tips For Expats Moving To France

Tuesday May 30, 2017 (11:25:16)
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As with all overseas assignments, research before moving to France is key and a short trip to learn more about a potential destination will be well advised.

In addition, it is also good advice that anybody thinking of moving to France on a long-term basis should make some effort to learn the language; French is the only official language and though many people can speak English, making the effort to converse in French will pay dividends.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To The Regions Of France

Thursday May 25, 2017 (13:32:59)
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Thinking of moving to France? You'll join the many expats that have settled there. Whether it's the scenic coast line, gorgeous countryside, the lifestyle or the delicious French cuisine that has prompted you take the plunge, you’ll be glad you’ve made that brave decision to make your dreams become reality. Below is a simple guide to varying costs and locations to help you decide where to reside.   more ...

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The Ultimate To-Do List For Expats In The South Of France

Friday May 19, 2017 (16:44:27)
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The South of France is the home of some of the most scenic places in the world. Besides the popular cities such as Cannes and Nice, there are also other lesser known, but equally picturesque areas in the region.

The best time to visit the South of France is during the summer or between May and September. The restaurants and hotels stay open and many of the attractions adhere to high-season hours. Many visit the South of France for the renowned Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix, which take place during the second half of May. The weather is warmer during this time and the crowds of tourists start to fade away.   more ...

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A Gluten-Free Guide To Paris

Tuesday May 16, 2017 (14:14:45)
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Paris is synonymous with croissants, croques monsieur, palmiers and pains au chocolat. This isn’t such good news for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. However, upon doing a little bit of research, it is possible to find a number of gluten-free treats in this beautiful city. In fact, apart from the baguette that accompanies every meal, much of the French diet is relatively gluten-free.   more ...

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The Expat Tenant's Guide To Renting Property In France

Thursday May 11, 2017 (13:32:00)
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It is possible to enlist a real estate expert to help in finding a home that will meet requirements; this is particularly useful for expat families looking for a property in big cities, for example.

The property professional in France will have in-depth knowledge of the rental market and understand the renting process so the move runs smoothly - and it's also a great help for those who cannot speak French fluently.   more ...

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A Brief Guide To Expat Pension Plans In France

Friday April 28, 2017 (15:01:38)
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French pension rules are complex and have been changed in recent years – and more changes are planned.

Typically, a French pension is available to those expats who have lived and worked in the country for a number of years and meet a set of conditions.

The French social security system, or sécurité sociale, is the fund into which all employees in France must pay into before they can claim a pension.   more ...

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A Expat Guide To Tax In France

Friday April 28, 2017 (13:49:23)
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This guide contains information on the following taxes:

• Income Tax - Currently no PAYE system (due to be introduced in 2018)
• Social security contributions (which will be automatically deducted by employer from your wage)
• Inheritance tax
• Tax on Goods and Services (VAT)
• Capital gains tax   more ...