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France > Living


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 ...

France > Property


The Expat Tenant's Guide To Renting Property In France

Thursday May 11, 2017 (13:32:00)
(c) Jace Grandinetti on Unsplash
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 ...

France > Financial


A Brief Guide To Expat Pension Plans In France

Friday April 28, 2017 (15:01:38)
(c) Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay
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 ...

France > Financial


A Expat Guide To Tax In France

Friday April 28, 2017 (13:49:23)
(c) Véronique PAGNIER on Wikipedia
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 ...

France > Health


How Changes To The European S1 Scheme May Affect Your Expat Healthcare In France

Friday April 07, 2017 (15:57:38)
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Under the S1 agreement, the UK will pick up the healthcare bill for British expats in member states while other European Union countries will pay for the healthcare of their citizens in the UK.

The S1 is a certificate for health insurance cover for those EU citizens moving to another member state and runs alongside the principle of freedom of movement; the holder will receive the same level of healthcare as a citizen will.   more ...

France > Health


A Simple Guide To The French Healthcare System

Friday March 24, 2017 (13:58:21)
(c) Bruno Abatti on Unsplash

The French health system is rated one of the best in Europe. The state controls health expenditures funded by statutory health contributions. Statutory health insurance (SHI) is mainly financed by employer and employee taxes, but also taxes from tobacco and alcohol, health insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry. Public health care is available to everyone in France regardless of their income. It is obligatory for those earning over EUR 9,654 a year to pay 8% of their income in social security contributions. Those people on lower incomes will receive free health care, including optician and dental care. An estimated 10% of the population require this support.   more ...

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Review: Uncorked

Thursday March 23, 2017 (15:10:01)
Uncorked by Paul Shore
When I first offered to review Uncorked, I did so because I thought it was a book about wine. The author replied that this wasn't the case, and that he didn't want me to get my hopes up and end up reading something I didn't enjoy.

I thought I'd give it a go anyway, because it sounded like an interesting memoir. And it was.   more ...

France > Links


France - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Monday March 06, 2017 (14:11:59)

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at France and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

France > Health


France's Healthcare System Just Got Even Better For Expats

Tuesday January 24, 2017 (17:59:16)
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A popular expat magnet, France has an excellent and robust healthcare system, with its wide network of public as well as private facilities and staff. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this country’s universal healthcare is among the best across Europe, as well as worldwide. This is only expected, since the government spends a higher than average figure on its healthcare system. More than 75% of the nation’s health expenses are funded by the authorities.   more ...

France > Living


How to Survive France As A Vegan

Thursday December 15, 2016 (20:10:53)
(c) Elina Mark on Wikipedia
France: land of croissants, cheese and coq au vin… But can you find beef-less bourguignon or vegan bouillabaisse in France these days? France hardly has a reputation as being a vegan-friendly country. After all, this is the country whose government forces schools to include meat and fish in canteen meals most of the time, effectively making it illegal to serve vegetarian meals at school year-round.   more ...

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