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France - Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Friday January 31, 2014 (20:10:00)

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 ...

France > Living


An English Christmas - French Style

Friday November 29, 2013 (02:26:18)
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 ...

France > Property


Freddy Rueda, Real Estate Languedoc

Tuesday November 19, 2013 (01:28:44)
Freddy Rueda
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Freddy Rueda's estate agency 'Real Estate Languedoc' has been helping clients find their dream property in the Languedoc region in the south of France since 1995.

Specialising in the Hérault and Aude departments of this beautiful wine-producing region, our agency's goal is to help our international and local clientele in their search for properties in all price ranges. Our agency prides itself on having one of the most extensive portfolios of quality properties in the region, from land to build on to village houses, from villas with pools to small chateaux.   more ...

France > Property


Simon Kerridge, Languedoc Property Finders

Sunday October 27, 2013 (20:05:39)
Simon Kerridge
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I have been in residential estate agency for over 20 years. I began in London in 1989 and moved to Pezenas in 2001. Languedoc Property Finders specialise in helping British buyers and sellers buy and sell property in the Languedoc region of France. We currently have offices in Pezenas and Narbonne and operate in and around those two areas. I believe that buying a property abroad should be fun. An adventure if you like, and we work hard to make the journey as enjoyable and stress free as it should be for both buyer and seller.   more ...

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Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire: Travel Focus on the French Riviera

Tuesday October 01, 2013 (00:51:23)

Expat Focus talks to Kim Defforge about her latest book, "Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire: Travel Focus on the French Riviera", a practical concise travel guide without the usual touristy fluff.

Kim, please tell us a little bit about yourself

I lived several years in the city of Nice on the French Riviera, before moving to Cagnes-sur-Mer, a smaller city situated about 7 miles west of Nice. In the U.S., I was a teacher of French and a lover of all things French, and now, enjoy the language, culture, and joie de vivre on a daily basis as an expat.   more ...

France > Living


Bored of Life in France? Visit a Vineyard!

Friday September 20, 2013 (17:03:23)

As the largest wine producer in the world, France manufactures up to eight millilon bottles per year. The rules surrounding winemaking are strict, with many falling under a protected destination of origin – they can only be produced in the specific area in which they originated. The most well-known of these is probably champagne, which comes only from the Champagne-Ardenne region, but certain vins de table that you may recognise as exports also fall under this category: Vin de Pays d’Oc, for example, hails from Languedoc-Roussillon, and Vin de Pays de Méditerranée is made only in the South-East, predominantly Provence and Corsica.

When you tell people you’re about to move to France, the subject of wine will almost invariably come into the conversation. It’s a central part of French culture and one of the country’s main exports; in 2012, a record income of 10.1 billion Euros came from wine and spirits alone. And with consumption within France itself dropping by nearly 20 percent, producers are relying more and more on foreign exports. What better way to boost the local economy, then, than to set off on a tour of some of the country’s finest wineries?   more ...

France > Living


Brittany: A Short History for Expats

Wednesday September 18, 2013 (21:18:24)

Brittany is quickly becoming one of the most popular areas for expats. Close to the coast and not too far from the English Channel, it’s a convenient residence for UK expatriates in particular, who may want to hop across the Celtic Sea from time to time to visit friends and family. A thriving expat population means that it’s easy to find people who speak English, and winters in the North-West of France tend to be milder than those closer to the Swiss border, where the Alpine winds chill to the core.

The history of this province of France is closely linked with that of the UK; it is often referred to as Lesser or Little Britain, and many of its myths and legends are recognisably Celtic in nature. Indeed, it is considered as one of the six Celtic nations – areas in Western Europe whose original Celtic languages have survived down through the centuries. Brittany’s local tongue is Breton, although nowadays only about twenty percent of the population speak it. We’ve put together a quick history of the region so you can amaze the locals with your knowledge of the area when you arrive. If you’d like to learn more, there are a number of historical tours available across Brittany and Normandy for anyone who’s interested.   more ...

France > Living


Moving from London to Paris: What to Expect

Monday September 16, 2013 (19:39:52)

Courtesy of Bupa International, specialist providers of expat health insurance.

Planning on making a move across the channel from London to Paris? Find out more about what to expect, and what the two capital cities have in common...


Like all major global cities, space is at a premium in both Paris and London. All that practice you’ve had in making the best of small spaces with clever storage solutions will come in handy. There are certain arrondissements (districts), such as the 2nd and 8th, where house prices and rental rates are sky-high. But if you’re willing to live slightly further out in the less prestigious areas, Paris is quite affordable, and can be slightly cheaper than London. On the whole property prices in France are up to 30% lower than those in Britain.   more ...

France > Education


Relocation Help - Schooling Options On The French Riviera

Wednesday September 11, 2013 (20:22:13)

by Mellissa Wheeler on behalf of La Costa Properties Monaco

Finding the perfect apartment in Monaco or on the French Riviera could be a dream come true but moving abroad means careful planning and there’s a lot to organise. Relocating to a foreign country can have its challenges but what if there are children to consider too?

A move abroad might mean some changes for you; learning a new language, understanding differences in financial practices, organising the sale, purchase or rental of your new home. For those with children of course, the most important factor will be ensuring your children receive the best possible education.

One of the first questions to ask yourself if you’re looking to buy property abroad is whether there are any good schools in the area.   more ...

France > Health


Dealing with the French Health Insurance System as an Expat

Friday April 26, 2013 (19:20:50)

Overall life expectancy at birth in France is 81.7 years and health is of an exceptionally high standard. In many ways, it excels and overtakes healthcare in countries such as the UK, with better access to new drugs, less hospital infections and pioneering research. However, that said, there is a lot to be said for the quick and easy access to free healthcare enjoyed in the United Kingdom.

The French health care system provides universal health care that is largely financed by way of national health insurance. The country is actually prepared to spend an average of 11% of GDP on its healthcare according to a report in the year 2005. This figure is much higher than the average spent by countries in Europe. Approximately 77% of health expenditures are covered by government funded agencies.   more ...

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