Cost of Living in France

by Jose Marc Castro on August 10, 2009

costoflivingFRANCELiving in France can be relatively cheaper compared to the United Kingdom. Although salaries for employees are not that high compared to other European nations, the government does provide a lot of backup to business owners to give company benefits. As many advisories provide, the cost of living is dependent upon your lifestyle with the cost of going out an aspect that you need to consider, as it is easy to get lost in the sights and sounds of the French jet-set and haute couture lifestyle.

France is one of the G8 and its economy boasts a 6th place ranking worldwide. Industries are doing very well which mean that expatriates can easily find secure jobs. Trade and commerce continue to comprise the bulk of the economy. It is considered as a giant in terms of productivity ranking 4th in imports and 5th in exports.

France also has several investors helping it make 2nd place in outward transactions. A total of 57 billion dollars was placed in investments. In terms of per capita GDP, France also leads all other G8 countries. Tourism is also another main contributor in the country’s excellent financial status.

It is the number one tourist destination all over the globe. Productivity is good but the nation is currently experiencing low employment rate due to the aging population. More and more immigrants and skilled workers are needed to ensure constant effectiveness in trade and other business transactions. This has been clearly felt by an expat in a post made at France Expat Forum last August 9, 2009:

Well where to start, first of all this is just my impression and view, I have been here of 7 years and I am well travelled through the North but I have never lived in the south. In the country I find it boring and although I can not totally agree with comments that all the French are rude and unhelpful, I think it fair to say we are not popular in a number of quarters, I think resented is a better term. They resent the fact that we are here in the first place, they resent that we give them far more for their run down ruins than they could ever dream of. They resent that we have invigorated their economy and provided hundreds of jobs in service and other industries that otherwise would not have been available. But they grudging love our money….. There is absolutely no concept of ‘customer service’ whatsoever.

In the main if you need to work (like most of us) you have to look into being self employed, and the social charge system is expersive, most enterprises close in the 3 rd. year………

If you want a place to come and just drink wine, eat cheese soak up the rays and watch the seasons pass, it’s for you………………

Food and Drink Costs in France

The cost of food and drinks in France is significantly lower compared to other European nations. There are thousands of great restaurants offering the best cuisines made only of the finest ingredients. Dining out will definitely cost more but expatriates can also find a good deal of affordable meat, fish, milk, herbs, fruits and vegetables in markets and nearby ports.

France is one of the world’s largest exporters of beer, wine and bread. Pastries and wheat products comprise most of the goods for export. But there are also meat products like beef and pork as well as fish such as salmon that are continually brought out to the United States.

As far as drinks are concerned, France imports and exports wine extensively. Beer and cider are also widely traded. Locally made wine and beer are priced depending on quality but lower prices can be given if purchased directly at the brewery or winery or as wholesale.

An average individual spends around 100 euro every week on grocery items and food consumption. In Paris, the cost of commodities is low compared to other big European cities. French cuisine is very easy to get by in varying prices for every individual.

Clothing and Accessories Costs in France

Since Paris is the center of world fashion, clothes are typically expensive. There are virtually brand and designer labels everywhere. France is the place where everyone on earth can find the best quality and newest designs. Almost every week there are runway shows and magazine debuts are also featured monthly. Coats and jackets can range from 50 euro up to several thousands depending on the material.

Fur coats are limited but still very much available for big spenders. Suits, dresses and other classy items are sold in all colors and varieties at varying prices as well. In Paris, there are also unique items created by designers that can be used for collection purposes.

For expatriates looking for cheaper wares, there are a number of department stores offering different kinds of clothing and accessories. Chinese-made products have also entered France by storm that may have caused some designers to increase significantly in prices and avoid sales and auctions that may make people think of their original creations as mere Chinese imitations.  There are though some low cost high quality manufacturers in this highly fragmented market. In the outskirts of French cities, they are often found as many multiple specialist stores that cater to the market of thrifty shoppers.

Housing Costs in France

Cost of housing has increased drastically over the past years. This is not uncommon since France has always been among the top three tourist destination countries. The influx of people coming in caused congestion a few years prior but the government is doing several housing measures and regulations that aim to limit the population excess. As it is worldwide, the global recession has hit the once red-hot property market in France, especially in the French Riviera as buyers drive harder bargains for the hard earned purchases.

Rental in nearby communities can cost around 500 euro every month while downtown apartment and condominium rental costs reach an astounding 1500 to 2000 euro every month. Fully furnished spaces will cost more as well. Rental spaces are priced according to location, condition and quality.

One-fourth of the French population lives in housing complexes subsidized by the government. The living condition is not really good compared to modest housing structures in the city outskirts. Farm space is available in the provinces at expensive prices. It is almost impossible to acquire land in the big cities today. Laws and regulations are also very stringent when it comes to expatriates owning French land. The cost of housing and rentals usually include insurance and utilities.

Services Costs in France

France has state-of-the-art technology that provides remarkable telephone and Internet services. Broadband networking is currently the trend and there are several WiFi hotspots almost anywhere in Paris. Remote areas as well are well supported by these modern devices in addition water and electricity.

Education and college grants are made available by the government. Public schools are subsidized by the French government as well since they value the literacy rate among the rising number of younger generations. There are a number of excellent colleges and universities in France. Students aim to study arts and communication in Paris particularly because of its cultural and artistic heritage.

Financial plans and insurance services are also provided to all working individuals. The French health care system is one of the best in the world, offering high quality of services and being easily accessible at the same time. If France becomes the country of your residence, you will be covered by the state social security system that also includes health insurance. Expatriates can also apply for insurance quotes as well. The government can provide funding for immigrants provided that part of their future income will automatically be directed to specific government or community funding.

But the just how expensive it is to live in France? A post made in the France Expat Forum last January 3, 2009 can summarize it:

How expensive France (or anywhere) is will depend on a number of things. The big one (especially right now) is where you’re coming from and what your source of income will be. If, like many of the members of the forum, you’re from the UK, the current rate of exchange is a killer. At roughly GBP 1 = 1 € everything is going to be expensive. And, you’re at the mercy of the exchange rates as they rise and fall.

It can also depend on what part of France you’re thinking about.

Employment Costs in France

Overall, employment rates have been rising in all members of the European Union. France has an employment rate of almost 90%. Majority of the remaining population are working part-time jobs including students aged 15 to 17 years old. Males constitute most of the workforce although majority of French women including pregnant ones are also working full time. On the downside, maintaining these employment costs has put pressure on the overall income of the French, as it is the highest and most expensive overall in the European Union in 2009.

France is currently looking for more skilled engineers, architects and teachers. Business investors are always welcome as well as those who are highly adept in trade and commerce. Expatriates may have a hard time finding a well-paying job during the first few years until they find their niche and prove their expertise in a given field.

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

Modupe November 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Hi, I am an American planning to move to France next year with my 14 year old son.

I am very confused about the best region to live and the schools. We are moving from California. I dont want to live in an overly congested city like Paris nor in a remote village!

From my research, the international schools are extremely expensive. Which bothers me because I will be paying the fees.

I like the thought of free education at a public school as my son speaks a little French; but I understand the standard of each public school differs depending on the region it is located.

I will appreciate some constructive information regarding my concerns.


ann October 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

Amiens! it is a medium sized town about an hour north of Paris driving. I attended the de la salle school there and loved it! Catholique is a popular religion. And I believe de la salle is public. they also do american exchange programs!!


Julia November 30, 2010 at 2:12 am

Hi, I am sixteen and was in Amiens this summer to visit a French friend, also my age. Amiens is a great city! Be sure to be aware of the cultural differences if you are moving there.
Some of the differences are very different, like many of the French teens smoke (a little shocking when out at a cafe with friends. and they are 15 and smoking). There also is no drinking age, so teenagers drink alcohol often.


Julia November 30, 2010 at 2:13 am

Here in America, we sometimes take for granted how friendly people are. In France, people have the reputation of being rude and unfriendly. This is sometimes true, I unfortunately encountered it when I met the friends of my friend. But, if you make an effort to speak French (French before English!) and smile, it makes all the difference! If you say something in French first, people usually open up and will converse in English. All the teenagers learn English in school, so they generally speak English well.
I did see the school of my friend, but I believe it was Amien's private catholic school. It was nice, they don't have uniforms like US private schools.
I loved France so much, I plan to go to a university there after high school, and then permanently live in Paris. Wherever you decide in France, I hope you like it!


Thokear Fatatma March 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I just need to know about what kind of government benifits i would be intitled to after living in France. As in England their are many benifits like Income Support and Child Benifit and Child Tax Credit allong with Job Seekers Allowance,are their the same Benifits in France?. My daughters are already in a public school and my son is two years old. My partner is self employed and i am seperated from him and am unemployed. I am moving to France to be closer to my children. I need to now how i can be housed,and evidently need to now about the Housing Benifits too. Please help me I will be moving in France by the end of the month and have temporary arrangments to live with my partner until i have suitable accomadation.


mark hatton March 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Living in france has become a nightmare.Choose somewhere else,at 1 euro an onion,and food costing anywhere between 3 and 5 times the price per KIlo…………..the exchange rate has absolutely nothing to do with it GET REAL!! Not only do the french people hate us the french government and anyone else that can will steal and rip you off for everything youve got.they are NOT to be trusted as for the weather its freezing in the south west 7 months of the year october through till april,and heating a 200 sq metere house will cost you 2,500 euros a season,in august it rains,nowhere is open,and the french simply do not socialise with us,if you DO go out,on your way home you have a 1 in 3 chance of beeing controlled by the thoughrerly unpleasant police,take my advice,ive been here 10 miserable years(only reason i stay is because of a child born here) dont come,your dream will become a nightmare


jim August 7, 2010 at 2:55 am

Do you speak french fluently?


Annie September 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm

No offense, but with such a negative outlook, it's no wonder you elicit such a negative reaction…the power of positive thinking cannot be underestimated here. I give you that the French are not warm to foreigners if they make no attempt to speak their language, but they are compassionate people and will come to your help if you are in need. It maybe a classic case of culture shock…when in Rome…and go with the flow, you will be much less stressed and more accepted.


Jos September 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I don't know where you live in the SW of France, but you're talking absolute rubbish! We've lived in France, about 60 miles from the Spanish border, for more than 6 years now, and I can assure you that it's nothing like that. Food is fresher, no additives, no carbon footprint and not expensive.Our neighbours are friendly, helpful, patient and will help with any problem now matter what. The local people are welcoming and not in the least bothered that we are English. We socialise at the village fetes, clubs, local events, sport venues etc. My other half speaks very little French, but has never been a problem. Summers last from May until October and winter lasts from February to April. My experience of the police is very helpful indeed (after a road accident) and when I was stopped for speeding, the police officer and I had a chat about how I had settled in and what I thought of France .The health system is great and I thank them for saving my sight . All in all it depends on your outlook in life and whether you actually want to live and integrate here, which obviously isn't the case with you Mark.


John Pletcher March 28, 2012 at 1:09 am

The attributes you describe of where you live are very appealing to me. Would you please tell me the city where you live, or of the vicinity close by? I place a high value on how natives view "outsiders." I love Europe, but as a retiree I must be mindful of the cost of living and how I would be received in a community.


jos September 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Why don't you go back to the UK with your child and do what everybody else does and get yourself a council house and sign on for JSA. You'll get more benefits than you know what to do with!


Nick October 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

Actually, I quite agree with Mark – France isn't all that it is cracked up to be. It is expensive, the police are unfriendly and the administrative system is a nightmare (though I knew that before I arrived). I speak fluent French and am in full term employment but frankly I'm a tad disppointed with this country:-( I am going to give it another couple of years before I make up my mind as I also have a child and uprooting them is not a decision to be made lightly.


Jason December 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

come on mate your just not doing it right france is amazing, sounds like you need a holiday!


burtoncaly January 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I think he don't need a holiday he should just get out of France and go back to his native country….I can understand that he don't like the life here but why he came why he stay so many years and why he don't return in his country..? because nobody care about him or his family. we don't need this guy…


burtoncaly January 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

You should GET OUT of France we don't need you here :)….if you are not happy you can go back to your native country ! nobody care…__your reason that you wrote is really stupid, just because you child born in France you can't go back to your country ??? loL…__the door is OPEN for you and your family ! bye…


Dick Hertz August 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I bet your french is as terrible as your English grammar.


james January 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Mark.. have to agree with you..
its definetly not all cracked up to be, its like living in the 60's.. everything is backward. nothing is easy.. and i left and wish i had done it sooner..


Danielle March 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I am planning to study abroad next year and I am not sure where to go. I am from Maine and grew up and a French community.I would like to go to France to relearn some french. However, I have been to Italy and loved. I am really torn as to where I should go. I am looking for a warmer area, and somewhere with a lot of culture. I like the sounds of the French Rivera, but what are some big cities down there? I am a student so I would like to be able to eat for cheep. Can anyone help? Maybe relate some Italian and French cities to ones in the US.


Michelle July 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Hi. I am living in France at the moment and looking for work. I am finding it increasingly difficult. I have been here two months and I am running short of money, not realising how expensive it would be. Does anyone know of any help I would be entitled to regarding help with my rent or bills? I am single and don't speak the language very well. I feel like I am moving at snails pace. Help!!


roli July 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

i want to live in france when i'm older and i want to know how much it is to build a house my budget is
288,000 i want extras from that to spend in france
thank you


Jeanne August 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

Hi everyone,my name is Jeanne,a Ghanaian student moving to Nancy,france this august.i will be attending university for a year in france and was wondering my chances of getting a part time job in nancy.i have never been to france and i am a little worried about the work situation over there.thankyou.


Sahanur Ali October 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Hi Jeanne,

Hope you are going great. My name is Ali from India and wanted to go to France to study French Language next year. I guess you already landed in France and got a job also. If you don’t mind can you tell me your practical experience there (study, living and job).

Thanks in advance



sean August 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm

i have just chastised my wife for filling the car up with english bought groceries before coming on a camping holiday for a fortnight,on the basis of food prices being relatively no different .Do i owe her an apology?


eduardo burciaga October 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Would like to open up a Subway Sandwich Franchise somewhere in the Pays de Loire area and would like to know if by investing in France
I can be granted legal residence status for me and my family.Please advise.Thank-you


christopher October 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Hello or should I say, Bon jour! I am a US citizen contemplating a n offer by a Paris based engineering services company at a salary of 120k euros/yr. With this I am to support myself, my wife and two sons 13 and 9 who thus far are homeschooled but we will probably look in to some sort of international school once there or a french immersion program. I know a very little French and have visited France once for 3 months in 1995. I absolutely loved it and the people and found no evidence of the stereotypes propagated in the US. My oldest son is also currently studying French and my wife took French in high school. The employer is just outside and north of the 18th arrondisement and we intend to live close by and use public transportation exclusively and rentals cars for the occasional excursion. Any tips from those who know?


Ali Haleem November 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Hey… I am a dentist from Egypt… graduated from Cairo Dentistry School, Egypt. I want to move to France and establish myself there. I want someone to guide me to take serious steps towards achieving this goal like how to get a license to practice dentistry in France, how to apply for immigration to France, etc.,

please if some one have any information on this issue, i will really appreciate it 🙂


Ali Haleem


Betsy November 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

the metro system is amazing and if you are planning on taking the occasional excursion not too far from the citi, you can use the metro for that as well. It is extremely easy to navigate ahd signs are well placed for reference until you are familiar with your daily route. I would strongly reccommend a french emmersion program for your children to get them antiquated to the c ulture at a faster pace.


Jason December 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

MMMM france, i lived in paris for a year and to be fair it was pretty awful for me as we lived on the outskirts but the french life was good. I am defo not a city boy and love the country life and all the joys it brings. We are moving in march 2011 to a small town near the swiss border it is beautiful and unpolluted and the french people are great and very friendly. If your looking to transfer your life in England to france and carry on as you were then expect a change……there are no 24h tesco's and little convenience stores dont stock beer or fags for the most part. but if you get over this by stock piling then all will be good. personally im going for family, mushroom hunting, fishing, cooking and of course gorgeous wines that flow from the taps! there is so more on offer in france than here in England….but please i will never loose sight of the fact that England is a beautiful place too and i'll never forget her.
P.S just be sure that you speak the language to a reasonable degree before you embark or yes it will be miserable for you.


lee chute December 20, 2010 at 4:58 am

Hi ,my daugther is going to do a semister in france (St.eitemme ?) She will be there for 5 months and will be staying in resedents.Any good info for her, worry to death for her,she speaks fluent france so that should help,any tips you can give would be helpful..thanks!!


Nabil January 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I get scholarship to Nancy University to study Geology ,please any one have information about this Uni. and how much money to live in such as rent of the rooms ,food ,traveling …….etc


Andrea Reamy Ford June 21, 2011 at 6:11 am

I have enjoyed reading the comments, good and bad. I am in middle America. Married and have a daughter, 5 and a son that is 2. My husband and I are learning French and have dreams of moving to France, in the Carcassone area. Our plans are to work online, writing and my husband would love to teach American football. I would love for our kids to go to an International school but somehow see me homeschooling them would be a better plan. We want a much simpler life. Family is number one to us, and it is just us now. The way the United States has become in the "burbs" is not fun anymore. We no longer want to "keep up with the Jones's"! We want to enjoy food at the dinner table with our kids and re-learn a foreign language and reinvent our lives.
Are there some bad stereotypical sayings of the French people, yes. Are they sometimes true? I'm sure they can be. We are ready to go with an open mind and be as French as we can be! It will be agreat learning experience for both us and the kids. Will it be difficult at first, you bet, but can it be done? Oh oui!
Tip for last commnets: If you plan on moving to France…..#1 should be LEARN FRENCH… The Internet is a tool…there are tons of answers for you to explore….go get it!!

And Mark….I agree you may need a LONG holiday out of France!! 🙂


Lorraine September 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I am very envious, Andrea. We have a small house near Pezenas, around 1 1/2 hours away from you, and every year when I close the shutters to leave I am very sad. We have spent the summers there for 7 years now and I can't wait to live there on a more regular basis when my kids are finished at school. I wish you all the best and you know what, Mark, as everyone else has said, life anywhere is what you make it. I get the feeling you maybe moved because you hated the last place you lived too,,,


Barry September 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

The stereotypes are true. I live in Paris, FR. Parisians are not friendly in general. I have had the fortune to make friends with some friendly French people, but, they aren't common here. I am happy and grateful for the Parisian and French friends I have made, they are very kind and caring and helpful and loving, and I have encountered kind people in the streets, but I have encountered many more proportionately cold people or unfriendly people, not to mention nasty, disgustingly nasty adult men and women acting shamefully and disgracefully. It was shocking to encounter those people. Now I take it for granted that they exist here to a greater extent than they do in the USA or especially Mexico.


Barry September 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Also, the statement of if you speak French or attempt to and they'll be friendly to you is rubbish. Some people are kind and they might be kind whether you speak French or not. Plenty of people are rude and annoying even when you attempt to speak French. Because of that, I no longer try to speak French if I meet someone unless I am on the street asking for directions or at a store or restaurant, or if I meet someone who already seems kind. The kind people will be kind whether you speak English or French, and they will be helpful when they can. But a lot of people are freaking rude and no matter how hard you try to communicate in their language they are not gracious.


Barry September 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Saying that, I was surprised when I noticed that most of my friends are expats. I thought I would be immersed with only Francophiles and really become a Parisian, but I noticed how to combat the nastiness and rudeness that Parisians can be, expats really stick together and really appreciate a kind person, which has been my case. Also, the prices here are exorbitant. Eating out is rare, and if you are trying to live on a low budget, forget about eating out because the cheap food you can eat out is dogfood. I am pretty adaptable, but this city isn't.


Marjorie July 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

It is strange that you seem so flexible about where to live in France. Is your work or your husband's work in Paris? If so commuting time should be a consideration. I would recommend you live in Paris. If you are from California, and you really don't seem to know much or anything about the French or France you will be L-O-S-T outside of very international Paris. Life in smaller and more remote areas is more closed and family and community oriented and you have really not demonstrated that you appreciate or know the culture let alone the differences between regions enough to be accepted or accept others. Paris will be more like living in New York and there is no equivalent to live in Laguna Beach or wherever you come from. You might like Tours, a charming place about an hour from Paris (but commute will be a little difficult and expensive if daily). It is more relaxed and is elegant but on a smaller scale than Paris. The best is to start living in Paris and explore other regions nearby. Culture and attitudes are very different.


marjorie July 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

Your child is best off in a French school right away. He will learn French quickly and you can have him tutored over the summer. International schools (I went to one in Paris) are expensive. Don't think they are a shelter from what one person pointed out: a lot of smoking and much freer sexual attitutes than in the US. In fact they are more wild the public schools because the kids are all privileged and their is a lot of "i can do something crazier than anyone ever did before" attitude in those circles. Parents are also largely absent so your child will have friends with free and empty apartments. Public school kids tend to have working parents and more supervision. That said French parents tend to think nothing of their 14 or 15 year old having a sleepover with a boyfriend/girlfriend of the other sex even when they are there.


marjorie July 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

This is radically different outside of Paris. My grandparents lived in Tours and they wouldn't let me have a guy stay over in their home even when I was 18. Most parents don't mind about sex and see it as a kind of "treat" for kids who are otherwise good in school and not causing trouble. I did a year in a private girl's school in NYC and found that I was back in the 1950s in France morally speaking. French parents are way more strict though on issues of housekeeping and responsible studying behavior than are Americans. Good luck.


Sabine Lanoy July 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

If people are afraid of stereotypes of the French they should realize that everywhere there are good and bad people and attitudes. Paris is most international and there are diverse people. Other areas are of course more reflective of one type of people. Like parts of Kentucky or Texas would be. Homeschooling would really alienate your children. They need to become more French and parents and kids in France don't homeschool. At least I never heard of it growing up in Paris and Cannes in the summer. I don't know if legally you'd be allowed to keep your children home. I think you'd be viewed as a criminal by the government?! Certainly French parents would see you as deviant and your children would be viewed as bizarre. You have to be more like French and to accept a more democratic view to live here. It is not the individualist style of "educate your kids at home" or "carry a weapon" like in old west. It is modern and liberal view of individual. Read Toqueville and Durkheim.


rachel September 12, 2011 at 1:42 am

Hi, I'm turning 18 next year, and I'm hoping to take a year off before starting university and living in France for a while with a friend. My friend hopes to live in Paris, due to the fact that many people there will be english-speaking tourists and that many people who live there will also be bilingual; but I have a feeling that the cost of living may be too much for us to sustain ourselves for a year before returning home, and I don't want to have to make the mistake of living there first before I realize that it's too expensive. I've tried to find an estimate of what the cost would be to live there, but nothing has been very helpful. If anyone has any information on this that would be helpful to me that would be great.


Immad November 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi, Rachel. I think so far you have decided whether you have to come to France or not. May be i could be privileged with your experience , actually I have selected for scholarship in University of Nice-Sophia antipolis and mean while I have also offer from University of Padua , Italy.By reading above review from different people I realized that France is much expensive and people are not nice until you don't speak their languages. So may ask you here about your experience France life. If you could share with me about your life experience like cost of living , socializing in France etc.


Judy December 20, 2011 at 6:24 am

Hi my child is from UK, as I got married there, Im from Mexico but things didn't work with my husband as we ended up with Social Services. My mother lives in France and she wants to help me with my baby. The problem is that the doesn't want to sing me the permission of our baby. to live there. Im stock in Mexico as he forced me with lies and I don't want to be here as Im living in a small room in my brothers apartment. I couldn't work in Mexico as my baby got sick and the Doctors don't let me take her to the nursery and I really don't trust in Nannies as we have a high percentage of risk in babies kidnaps by not authorised nannies. I have the opportunity to go back and live in UK in a very short time, if the court decided it, and try to make my life again. Or wait until French court decided if I will be accepted to go and live with my family and then try to get the permission, counting that the time for this is uncertain. Just the divorce without any benefit for myself cost me almost a year and lots of money in Lawyers. What would you suggest, would be better for a single mum with a 1 year old baby. UK or France? Both has a beautiful part but Im a bit afraid of expenses and work. Thanks for your opinion,


Skh July 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Hi I am planning to move to BUC city in france with my wife and 2 yr old daughter. Wht should be the ideal salary package I should be demanding to get a decent saving also. I work in the IT domain


Monika June 24, 2016 at 6:56 pm


Just curious to know if you did move to BUC. How is it there? I might land up there for my internship. Please let me know. Any update is helpful and contributes to the decision.



Chris July 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

Hi, I am a retiree from the U.S. but would like to move to Paris. I'm currently writing a novel and am an emerging fine artist, having done numerous paintings in different genres and mediums. I am trying to decide if I can afford to live in Paris. I am a member of a revenue sharing club which pays me over $100.00 USD per day plus I receive a small Social Security Check. I am not seeking an extravagant lifestyle at all. I don't have any family except for my 13 year old cat. I am 64 and would love to live some place near Paris where I can have a garden, access to the internet and a view of beautiful subjects to paint. I am fascinated with French culture, its history and the Louvre. My fantasy is to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower and Jump off! Just kidding. I just want to paint and write and experience Paris. Maybe I am crazy but certainly not an anomaly in that respect.


Karen May 3, 2016 at 11:10 am

Hi Chris,

We have a lot in common. I am a retired journalist, age 63, and I work as an artist in both 2 dimensional art and re-painting upcycled wooden furniture. My dream is to live out my days in or near Paris. As a retired U.S. Veteran’s widow, I would earn retirement pay of about 21k Euros annually, but I don’t require a lavish lifestyle or anything beyond simple art supplies and decent, healthy food. I have diabetes Type 2 but it is well under control. I rarely drink. When I was last in Paris, I spoke enough French to get by–ordering food, asking where the bathroom was, and saying thank you, bon jour, bon soir, kir royale SVP, un carafe d’ eau por le table, Georges Bush c’est incroyable idiot, etc. I found the French people very friendly, I showed enormous appreciation of their beautiful city, and I tried not to mention that I live in Texas. I also never demanded tons of ICE, iced tea or other American stuff. I also dressed neatly, no shorts, sloppy T shirts, or dirty sneakers. I would love to have a French cat!


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