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France > Living


The Unwritten Rules Of Living In Paris

Friday May 04, 2018 (12:22:55)

Ah Paris, the city of sophistication. The everlasting location of romance, elegance and good taste. The muse of great artists and writers, the resting place of musicians and philosophers.

The city of lights might have a bright reputation, but the drab reality of daily life can come as a disappointment to new arrivals. Finding out that perfect Paris is actually just as prone to traffic jams and litter as any other big city can cause expats to come back to earth with a bump. Japanese visitors in particular seem to be susceptible to disappointment in Paris, bringing on a state known as Pari shōkōgun, or Paris Syndrome.   more ...

France > Moving


How To Pass The French Nationality Test

Monday January 22, 2018 (11:22:53)

Are you an expat looking to gain French nationality? Do you have questions about what the process entails? Or do you need clarification on whether you are eligible to apply?

Perhaps you’ve already started the process, but need some tips on how to best prepare yourself for the nationality test.   more ...

France > Property


Renovating Rural Property In France - 10 Tips For First-Time Buyers

Monday January 08, 2018 (10:47:07)

When it comes to living in France, many people plan to move to expat hotspots such as the beautiful cities of Paris, Lyon or Nice. Others dream of escaping the bustling city life for a relaxed lifestyle in the French countryside, often with visions of a charming old stone house in one of the country’s many sleepy hamlets. France offers a variety of options for first-time buyers who are looking to renovate old properties, either as holiday houses or as a labor of love for themselves and their families. From rustic barns and little cottages to stoic townhouses and grand mansions, rural France has it all!

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France > Living


Challenges Expats Face In France And How To Address Them

Thursday November 30, 2017 (14:15:56)

There are probably very few people who have taken the leap to move to a new country that could tell you it was all smooth sailing from start to finish. No matter how well prepared you are, you are bound to face a few challenges or obstacles at some point during your life as an expat. That should by no means put you off the thought of moving, as the enriching experience of living in a new place and meeting new people will outweigh the hiccups and pitfalls you may encounter.   more ...

France > Financial


An Expat Guide To Allocations Familiales In France

Friday November 03, 2017 (13:15:51)

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 ...

France > Property


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 ...

France > Education


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 ...

France > Living


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 ...

France > Living


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 ...

France > Living


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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