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Cost of Living Facts For Expats Moving To Paris

Wednesday August 06, 2014 (00:15:16)

France has emerged as the number one destination for tourists as well as expats from around the world. Individuals of all ages & nationalities are relocating to this country because of its rich heritage, beauty, culture, living standards, education, nightlife, entertainment and cuisine. While the retired expats are more likely to settle down in rural France, the younger people prefer the major cities like Paris. However living in Paris could increase your monthly expenses to some extent. That said, you can definitely count on the city’s robust and thriving economy.

Food & Beverage

Everyday groceries are slightly more expensive in Paris as compared to the UK and US.   more ...

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5 Places you Might Want To Move To In France But Have Probably Never Heard Of

Monday July 21, 2014 (02:13:09)

Living in France is probably like a dream come true for many Expats because of the quality and pace of life. This country is the number one destination for expats of all nationalities and ages.

There are several places in France that expats from the US and UK would like to move to, such as Paris, Marseille, Nice and Lyon. However, many parts of this country are still unexplored by foreigners. Here is a list of 5 places in France that you may love moving to, but have probably never heard of.

La Gacilly in Brittany

The French village of La Gacilly has a population of less than 2,500 people. The small commune hugs the banks of Brittany’s Aff River. The cosmetic company Yves Rocher is based in La Gacilly.   more ...

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Dealing With Landlords In Paris - What Expats Need To Know Before Renting

Monday June 02, 2014 (13:35:05)

There are many stories floating around about expats who move to Paris, search high and low for an apartment and then get caught in tons of paperwork. There’s also the matter of less than honest landlords who can make finding your dream apartment a distant dream. Although the home rental market in Paris is a difficult place, especially for expats, there are some things you can do to simplify the process.

Most of the population in Paris lives in apartments, which are available in a variety of price categories. Location plays a key role, and depending on the locality, you may have to pay a few hundred euros or a few thousand. Other important criteria are size of the apartment and amenities. It’s a good idea to be certain of your requirements before you move to the city. Houses are much too expensive to buy or rent.   more ...

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Why Moving To France Will (Probably) Make You Healthier

Tuesday May 20, 2014 (17:30:05)

The French paradox, formulated by French epidemiologists, is the observation that despite the high intake of dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, the French population still displays a low incidence of coronary heart disease. This could mean either of two things; one, that the link between saturated fats to coronary heart disease is not entirely valid, and two, that there is some other factor in the French diet or lifestyle that diminishes the risk. Here are some of the reasons why the latter might be true.

Good food equals wholesome food

The French are known to consume liberal amounts of caffeine and alcohol and many are even smokers.   more ...

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Moving To Paris? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On Public Transport

Wednesday April 23, 2014 (14:43:34)

Paris is known to have one of the most efficient public transport systems in the world. However public transport services in Paris can become overcrowded since they are so popular with the people. The city also draws a steady throng of tourists, leading to further overcrowding in trains and buses. The good news is that the city government continues to invest a good amount in public transport in order to improve the passenger conditions.

To help you make your way around the city, here is our guide to the public transport system in Paris.   more ...

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Starting A Small Business In France - 5 Things You Should Know

Tuesday March 18, 2014 (15:46:24)

The French government has made considerable efforts to promote a better entrepreneurial environment in the country, and this has comes as a huge respite to expats, who, in the past, tended to get bogged down by restrictive legislation and tedious processes. Here are 5 things you should know when starting a business in France.

Creating your company

The first step in starting your company in France is to write the statuts or basic laws of the company. These are standardized documents that may be obtained online.   more ...

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Driving In Paris - A Few Survival Tips For Expats

Tuesday February 25, 2014 (05:43:31)

Driving in Paris can be a nerve-wracking experience for many. The Étoile, for example, is the intersection of twelve major Parisian roads, and maneuvering a vehicle through this junction alone has given many foreigners the jitters. Most holiday-goers are advised to avoid driving in Paris at all costs because of the numerous hassles one is likely to face. But for those who are in the process of making the city their home, driving may become a necessity. While Parisians may have mastered the art of navigating the bustling streets, expats could do with a few survival tips.

Renting a car   more ...

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5 Good Reasons You Should Move To France (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Tuesday February 18, 2014 (02:53:28)

France, with its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, fine wine and scrumptious cuisine, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. It probably doesn’t take much to make you want to pack your bags and head to the picturesque French countryside for a weeklong holiday. But moving to a foreign country is something quite different. It is a truly life-changing move, and one that should usually involve a great deal of thought. If you’re wondering whether moving to France is the right decision for you, here are 5 good reasons why it just might be:

• A new cultural experience
Getting introduced to a new culture can always be an opportunity to evolve as a person.   more ...

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France - Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Friday January 31, 2014 (21:10:00)

At Expat Focus, we like to take a look around the internet and see who’s sharing interesting ideas and useful tips for expatriate life all around the world. In our travels, we come across lots of blogs we’d like to recommend, and we’ll be featuring some of them over the coming months. Today we’re focusing on France; here are five of our favourite expats writing from their new French homes.   more ...

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An English Christmas - French Style

Friday November 29, 2013 (03:26:18)
Rosie's Prawn Cocktail - French Style
I must have blinked, just as I thought Autumn had arrived it was suddenly winter. Its now time to start planning my Christmas, well planning started in March when our turkeys arrived becoming the most pampered live stock here at Half Acre, with a diet of bread, corn and fresh veg. Now they’re ready to repay us by providing us with our Christmas lunch.

Having an extended family here in France there are occasions when we attend two Christmas feasts; a French one Christmas eve and a traditional English one on Christmas day. The French don't have a Boxing day holiday and are usually back at work on the 26th so it makes sense to have a relaxing restrained Christmas day and let the excesses of Christmas Eve fade.   more ...