Moving To France

by Jose Marc Castro on August 4, 2009

movingtofranceIMAGEFrance is one of the powerhouses of the European Union and still attracts so much interest from foreign residents looking to relocate overseas. The country has a truly unique and fashion entirely its own often mentioned in the same breath as Italy as a popular country for romantic rendezvous and getaways.

There is however a lot to France behind the scenes, with culture, art and architecture once again coming to fore. This country certainly has much to offer both in terms of employment and everyday life as it has a deeply ingrained faith in the freedom of speech, which forms the basis of French law and culture. These are some of the reasons why the Expat community living in France flourishes and thrives by the day.

Content: Culture in France | Employment in France | Property in France | State Benefits in France | Key Facts on France

French Culture

France is one of the true metropolitan countries of the world, as it integrates into its own a variety of different cultures over the centuries which has in the past resulted in a number of internal disputes. The country is heavily infused with certain elements of religion and culture prevalent in different areas.

The country is well known for its love of the arts and architecture and has a long and great history, taking in revolutions, wars and major changes in the way that the country is run, full, vibrant and headstrong. Its freedom of speech has attracted a number of outspoken and controversial figures to lead its political governance and has placed all areas of society under discussion.

Employment in France

France has been, for many years, a hive of private enterprise with over 2.5 million companies registered in the country. However, the government still maintains a stranglehold on the major industries including defense, transport, insurance and banking, but government is slowly practicing laissez faire, loosening their grip on these major industries.

The working arena is still suffering from the days of massive unemployment over 30 years ago, and France has the lowest percentage of 15 – 64 year olds in work throughout the developed world. This has certainly increased with the current financial recession, as unemployment rates in the first half of 2009 hover around 9.3%. While this is slowly improving there is still a long way to go to compete with the likes of the US, UK and Japan. However, this has left a gap in the market for foreign nationals actively looking for employment, and the fact that French students continue their education for longer than their European counterparts is also of assistance.

Unfortunately the tax situation in France is a lot harsher than other European counterparts, with up to 60% of gross pay being diverted into the French State Benefit system. It is a requirement of French law that either you or your employer register you with the authorities as an official worker in France – failure to comply with the regulations can lead to grave consequences for your long term residency in the country.

French Property

The housing market in France has historically been a lot steadier than for example the UK market (and many other European partners). A large number of European residents relocating to France where property prices are on average substantially lower. This has been the trend in 2009 as many property investors are seeking hard bargains for the properties in the market.

However, there is a large difference in pricing, depending on location, with older housing less expensive than new builds (this is a market which has attracted UK buyers, who tend to look for history and character for their properties). Inner city accommodation is obviously the more expensive, with countryside property prices much lower. Widely fluctuating property prices are one less worry when looking to relocate to France.

State Benefits in France

France has one of the most lucrative and expanding state benefit budgets in the developed world, with little hope of this trend changing in the immediate future. The country has one of the most work force protective benefits systems across Europe, with the jobless well compensated for their lack of genuine income. The latest aspect of this expansion is the creation of the RMI unemployment benefit or the “revenu de solidarte active”.

Unemployment benefit, income support and maternity pay are just some of the major costs to the state benefit system. As the working population can contribute up to 60% of the gross salary to the state, this has often provoked anger from the business community.

The current government is committed to spending million of euros encouraging the unemployed back to work, but with the benefits system ingrained in French society, this will be a long term project. However, this does leave potential for foreign nationals to find employment in France, safe in the knowledge that they will be looked after by the state if they were to lose their employment at any point in the future.


While France has many attractions to foreign nationals looking to relocate, there are a number of areas which need to be addressed. While there are genuine gaps in the employment market which can be exploited by overseas workers, the downside is the taxation situation. The first one France Expat Forum last August 22, 2009 shares the tip that:

Applying for work kind of depends on what line of work you’re in, and how good your French is. For social security, your employer should sign you up your first day on the job.

It is easy to see why France has the most foreign visitors of any other country in Europe, but relocating there is a different matter. It requires careful planning and an appreciation of the cultures of this widely differing nation. As one other expat said France Expat Forum last August 19, 2002:

“Life is too short to sit in the rain and under the grey clouds of Belfast!!”

More facts about France :-

Capital : Paris

Official Language : French

Government : Unitary Republic, with a President and Prime Minister.

Size : 674,843km2

Population : 64.1 million

Currency : Euro / French Franc

International Dialling Code : 33+

Economy : 6th largest in the world

Religion : Mixed (although 51% of the population are Catholics)

France has a significant English speaking expat population, mostly consisting of retired and so-called inactive expats – ie below retirement age, but not in active employment. The workplace in France is very protected, and finding work if you are not a native French speaker will prove difficult. In the Brittany and Dordogne regions there are a high number of English speaking expats, and many people find employment by providing services to this (wealthy) community. Corsica also attracts a certain number of expats, but does not yet offer significant employment possibilities.

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Darrin Phillips December 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I am planning to relocate to France. I am skilled in floor covering and remodeling. I for the most part will be learning French in France. Any suggestions as to what region might work out best for me would be much appreciated. Thanks!


Tifany December 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm

I want to move to france. I am not quite sure what part but I deff. want to move there. I am married and have a 5month old and a almost 2 year old. I am very curious how much it would cost to move to france and what is required for the move. Does it cost much to move to france and if so how much?? And what kind of jobs are available in france??


Darren Thomas May 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Hi Tiffany. We do regular moves to France – all in all it depends how much you would require moving to France? We do regular man and van removals to France in our Long Wheelbase high top vans which hold 13 cubic meters. These vans are the smallest size vans we take to France and are the cheapest. Another option that could make your move even cheaper is if you are flexible with your dates or should I say you let us know in advance the date of your move and we can try and fit it in with another job coming back from France. Another thing worth mentioning when you move to France is to double check the moving companies have got contents insurance for your belongings. You don't want your items damaged or stolen and not get nothing in return for them. Hope this helps. Regards. Darren.


Cheryl Idrees November 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Hi Darren…. I am interested in moving some furniture to France…. I am very flexible as regards dates and will appreciate your details…kindly email me at [email protected]
Kind Regards,


Keith October 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

We need to move some furniture to the mid Pyrenees. Dates are not too important and the items could go in small batches. A dishwasher, a tumble dryer, a washing machine, a freezer, a cooker, a three piece suite, a kitchen table and six chairs, a dresser, a single bed, a desk in pieces, a garden table with 8 folding chairs and cushions and a upv window 3.2 metres long and two upvc doors that are 1.2 metres wide. The last two items are new and are needed soon.


Jan Crayman-Smith June 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I want to take my cat with me when I move to France. Does anyone know, without maying the earth, the easiest, least stressful way to do it?



Samuel Allen November 23, 2011 at 7:30 am

I looked into that and if the cat gets a chip or a tatoo of identification and a doctor's certifation of immunization and is fixed then it can go on the plane with you and does not have to undergo a grueling quarantine.


Lexie Rose June 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

It's not a problem. I am visiting France for two months and my cat and dog are with me. They both flew in the cabin on the plane. United States airlines do not allow pets in the cabin on overseas flights, so we flew Air France.


LOUISA LOWE July 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

We are looking to move to france with two young children. My husband is a plumber and i work in the catering industry.
Which areas of france could you suggest that would be good for children and also reasonable to get work in?
Any other hints or tips would be very gratefully received, especially in renting a house for us.
Many thanks


Susie December 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hi Louisa,
France is pretty safe in general. I've been living here for 2 years now- just 30 minutes from Bordeaux's city centre. It's a great place to live, because you have a big city- and therefore lots of job opportunities and amenities, yet there is a great sense of family life and a calm pace. People take their time for lunch, for example…the beach is closeby, the mountains not to far away…
Let me know if you need more info 🙂


John Preece January 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Hi Susie, Myself and my wife are interested in moving to France from Scotland within the next few years and specifically I had been looking at Bordeaux and the surrounding areas. We are even planning a holiday this summer and I hope to do some scouting work. How easy it is for English Speaking people to get unskilled work in the area, as neither of us really as trades? would be good if you can give me some help
Thanks in advance.


Ibiangake Utuk April 6, 2011 at 1:37 am

Hi Susie,

I am coming to France on a 12 week program, but I want to stay. I am over 30, so I no longer qualify for the au pair jobs. I want to find a job so I can stay for a long while and perfect my French. I want to find something before I leave. How do I do so? Please email me at [email protected]. Thanks.


kin chipman April 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Is it hard for Canadians and Americans to move? My Grand mother was born in Bordeaux! Jan. 1st 1900 – I am Canadian though, so doesn't help… any thoughts? My Californian husband and I want to bail on the US… Thanks for any help!


FrancescaB August 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I am looking to permanently re-locate to Duras area and am in the first instance looking to do a winter let for 2/3 months starting around 1st November 2010. Ideally positioned in or very close to Duras – 3 bedrooms – internet/wireless and phone line needed so I can continue running my business. If anyone knows of apartment/town house or similar for winter let could you let me know please. Thank you.


Debra Rowley August 26, 2010 at 2:05 am

I am seeking permanent residence in France. I am currently an American citizen. I am 56 years old and on social security. I desire living in an area that has reasonable rent, if possible — $600 – $800/mo. I do have 4 cats that I could never part with. I have always admired the French people, their views, and lifestyles. I am a quarter French myself. My late grandmother is French decent. I'm not particular what part of France I move to, as long as I can get there. How do I go about finding accommodations and hooking up with American expats. What are the steps I need to take to achieve this lifelong goal.

Thanks you,


jill September 18, 2010 at 12:25 am

moving and semi retiring to france how do I take income from my american corporation and avoid double taxation, the company is an LLc and I am a consultant with staff working there in the USA I will not be working in France just living there. What do I need to do to avoid tax issues.


Bourgeois November 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Hello Jill,
As French citizen, I can tell you French law is very complicated. However, if you stay at least 120 days out of France, you are not taxable in France.
If you stay more, you have to declare to French administration your American revenue as already under American law. (there is a convention between France and some foreign country and USA is part of them) In that case, you will not have to pay in France, having already paid your taxes in America.
However, remind you will have to pay taxes for your French home, such as "taxe d'habitation" and "taxe fonciere", which are steadily rising.


Bourgeois November 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Hello Debra,
My wife and I are retired, and we run a small business activity to increase our revenues in helping foreign citizens to settle in our area, the south of Britanny , around 100 kms from Nantes.
This area is calm, with wonderful sceneries, the Loire river, the "golfe du Morbihan", the climate is mild, and cost of living still cheap.
If you are still motivated to come to France, we can help you and your cats ( we have 4 too!) to get through the Fench jungle laws and avoid many traps.
In any case, you have to know the cost of renting in France is at least 600€ for a flat with two rooms, kitchen , etc, in town. It depends mainly on where you want to be ( central town or suburb or country).If you want to meet other American or English speaking people, you have a strong community in Nantes ( with lot of pubs), also in Rennes.
If you prefer the country, there are English communities in Morbihan ; also in North of Britanny, in that case, keep your umbrella with you… ( I say that, because I am a "south Breton"..)
Do not hesitate to contact us if you want more infos.


darren December 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

hi jacques please could you email me [email protected]. im looking to move to france with my partner and we are both in our 20s. we are not sure where to start. we would like some information on work in france and houseing. many thanks darren


elaine September 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

v would prefer a i Bourgeoiser
we are thinking of moving for a year with our 5 young children from ireland .what are your fees like?we wo
uld prefer a rural environment. maybe near some primary school that would be glad of the extra children


Wayne September 27, 2011 at 8:11 am


I am 50 and I would like to move to France too! I am on social securety and I was told that my benefits would still continue even in France. Could you E-Mail me at [email protected] ?


Nicole Diaz March 4, 2015 at 2:10 am

I am a French citizen living in California for the last 45 years. I lost my son and significant other recently. I have no family left and want to relocate to Pornic with my twin sister, I have two small dogs and want to bring them along but don’t know what to do? Please help!


stace September 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

Hi there im a 33 year old guy with over 15 years exp in landscapes and garden services and im looking at relocating to france to start my work there can anyone offer any advice or even maybe a contract to get me up and running and settled. i have my own website and can provide refs to show my work is good and im honest and genuine if you can help my e mail is [email protected]


Katelyn December 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Hey I am 17 and I'm thinking of moving to France or Australia when I get older. I am sick of American and the poor quality of life and terrible health care system. I was wondering what are good jobs are needed in France or what would be a good thing to go to college for?


Nathalie December 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hi, Katelyn, I desided to answer you because I lived in Australia, and I now live in France, and I can compere.
The health system in Australia did not impress me; I think, it's not better, then in States.
About "jobs" in France…. French people not that open minded, they don't like those who's French is not "mother tongue", it will be hard to squeeze in, but:
there is a American-French hospital in Paris, if you are fluent in two languges and have a doctor/nurse degree, you'll get a job.
There are schools (in Paris as well) that require bilangue teaches. Anything to do with hotels industry will do.
Same for Monaco…..
But don't choose IT, for example, you'll have too much competition from workers coming from East Europe or India.


Edward January 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I have lived in France for 11 years and my wife has been here for considerably longer and we have, as required by the authorities, kept all our fiscal records for the last 10 years. We cannot arrive at the same figure as your editorial that 'up to' 60% of one's gross salary would go to into the social security system. Where do these figures come from? Are they based on much greater saries than we normal working folk receive? If you base your figures on the earnings of bankers and footballers then maybe 60% might be correct. Attribution is at the heart of professional journalism.


Gary January 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

I have been self-employed in France for three years and I can confirm that 60% is correct. The 60% includes income tax and social security charges. As an employee it,s more like 23%.

Hope this clears it up.

Reply January 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I wonder how things changed with the recession. In the past we used to have a lot of british exap but now it seems they all closed their B&B and went back to the UK.


Catherine February 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Hello all – I am hoping to move to Paris this year for my work as a designer, and am told it's quite difficult to get set up there as an American. My french is decent, and of course will only improve with immersion- but I hear it's almost impossible to rent an apartment, get phone service, etc?
Any tips you can share on this? and also, if it was hard to integrate as an American?
Thanks in advance-


Plombier ivry April 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

I am hoping to move to Paris this year for tourism


louiza April 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I am an American wanting to move to south France


John Eames Irvin May 17, 2011 at 2:35 am

I would love to hear success stories of folks who have moved to France on a budget. I have my own Landscaping business in Colorado and would love to live in France. Any hints as to how one might get work over there AND bring my dog with me?


michele May 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

in a similar position myself … first thing I did on making up my mind was to get my dog micro chipped and rabies vaccinated … however I think this vaccination is so that she can return to uk.


michele May 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

ps you register at the local employment exchange – pole emploi =… = these are genius!

also you usually will find an english language association somewhere
you also have a system of chambers of commerce – gotta be worth looking at

make friends with the locals – especially the Mairie!

also when you look up trains or buses you might see something called COVOITURAGE – check it out – car sharing that actually works!

oh yep , just thought , many of the botanic gardens run training schemes which might be a way for you to spend little time and money up-skilling in jargon needed for the business – now why hadnt I thought of that before! …


michele May 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm

know a guy moved to Provence 30 years ago &was successful landscaping there … people seem to run maintenance rather than design and build. french don't have the same idea about landscape as we brits…
rural gardens are veg and grass with maybe orchard, a few lilacs and roses and maybe hedging.
city suburbs/ bourgois properties more likely to have larger gardens where YOU are more likely to find work re-designing …
look at where cities and towns are growing?

but some amazing parks and gardens & long history of gardening on a grand scale in france – I know I contradict myself –
generally the housing market, especially rural is still slow – ie tough, which makes me think I dare not risk setting up as gardener per se. I was a landscaper, had a nursery – I've been thinking of return an outdoor life. I have concluded , keep my outdoor life for leisure and pleasure – not rely on it for income … guess I am much older than yourself.

look up jardins des imaginaires and villandry IF you dont already know them – a treat for gardening buffs!
I would like to keep in touch & hear how you get on

best of luck


Felise May 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I would like to open up a daycare in France near Limoges. Does anyone know how I can find out what the child care licensing requirements are for this? I have a Master's Degree in Education in the US but I don't know if that counts for anything in France.


tasha May 30, 2011 at 7:01 am

I'm wanting to get a french citizenship, and its says if you live in france for 5 years and have been going to a french Uni. you can apply. so can i go to france and buy a house of something then go to uni. whats going on with that???


jamie dismuke June 20, 2011 at 3:33 am

I am a paramedic in Texas and want to re-locate to a french carribean island. Ive doing some research and finding it difficult to get information on what i would need to do to move and how much it would take. If anyone has every made the move succesfully let me know.


charlie July 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

We are an Australian family wanting to spend about 8-12 months in France. We are very keen for our 6 kids to learn and experience
other cultures and languages. We are farmers in NSW and would love to be part of rural France but also near an international school.
Does anybody have any suggestions on where and how we could achieve this dream in 2013.


elaine September 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm

hi Charlie
we have the same dream
we are irish with 5 children. we want to go next sept.


Adrian March 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

We have two children 5&4 and are looking to do the same for up to 12 months. Cultural visa maybe?
Any thoughts, we are from Australia, We don't need work…


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Stephen Briggs August 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

My partner and myself, wish to live in France on a permanent basis. We are currently living in Greece, and want to move to a more suitable part of Europe, as we are restricted in work. We are looking for a region, which has a temperate climate, with views of the ocean. We would like to long term rent, with the view to buy. Any assistance in this matter, would be appreciated.


Wayne September 27, 2011 at 8:23 am

I would love to move to France to live forever. I have an idea of bring my car with me (by ship) as a precaution if I can't find a place to live. I figured I would atleast have a roof over my head for awhile. Would I be able to drive it in France legally after 90 days if I obtained an international driver's license and insurance? Would I be able to get it registered after that if I were not a French citizen?


Sadaqat Ahmad December 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

i would like to move to France from Malaysia i need information


julie mcgregor December 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Does anyone know of someone that could take some furniture from uk (cheltenham) to limoges sometime in january…would be a full van load…


Francesca Mitilienos January 19, 2012 at 1:14 am

My family and I are wanting to relocate to France. We have a 10 year old son and a 8 year old daughter. My husband works in the disability field in Australia and i am run a cake decorating business. What opportunites for work are there. I am an Australian citizen and my husband is originally from Germany. He speaks German and English and I speak Italian and English. Could anyone give me some advise please.
I also do have relatives in Grenoble.


Jeremy Freathy January 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I have renovated an old barn in South West France and require a perminent electricity supply. I have submitted my request to ERDF as instructed. However we have heard nothing back. Has anyone had simular experiences with a new electicity supply and how did they overcome them. An e-mail address or phone number that can be dialed from the uk would be good. Thanks.


Oonagh Karanjia January 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I am looking to move one item to France and seeking a van who takes part loads to Nice. Oonagh


damian January 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm


My wife and I are planning to move to France next year. I am a search consultant and plan to continue my work with british companies but remotely.

Can anyone help with whether I should register to pay income (etc) taxes in france or continue to pay in the U.K – obviously i do not want to pay them in each!

Many thanks



Jonny February 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

We are planning a move to France in the near future and would like some advice. We are both in our 50's and do not intend to work as we have a a couple of pensions which are sufficient for us. Our big worry is health care; I have type 1 diabetes and hich blood pressure and as such require quite a lot of medication. This is free in the UK, but what is the process in France? Will I have to pay for medication, and can I reclaim costs?


Denis Comey March 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I hold Canadian & British nationality. I presently live in G.B. I wish to move to France….As I spent the major part of my life teaching in Canada all my pensions are from Canada. I teyruned to live in Uk 12 years ago and at present because of UK/Canada agreement I pay income tax in the Uk, where I now live. I would like to hear from any Cnadian pensioners living in France with regard to paying Income Tax France and not be taxed at source in Canada as a non-resident. Thanks Grateful for any help….Denis


regis April 4, 2012 at 2:28 am

i am going to get married with my french bf in las vegas, but we need to sign the marriage agreement. which marriage law do we apply to ? nevada or france ? can we write financial arrangement in case of divorce ? i don't speak french very well and i have my career here in usa. so i think if i move to france for him, it will have negative affect to my career. i just would like to apply some terms concerning about this to protect myself . he just start his business in france .


Judith April 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Hello, I'm an American citizen. My family and I wish to move to the southern part of Fance. I have 2 young children 7 & 11. I would like to know which schools are good for my kids? In the next year my children will be taking french classes. However, we are all fluent in spanish & english language and already learning some french but will take classes to get prepared.Regarding on getting visas for living there. Who do I need to contact to get permission to stay in the country?


Tom April 19, 2012 at 6:14 am

Hello, I work for a french company in US and they want to relocate me to the main office in Paris.
The company will be going through the process of asking for a work permit and visa for me but I do not have a professional degree although I have 8 years experience with the company.
Will I have any problems gettitng the permit and visa, and how will be the best way to aproach this situation?


Louise April 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Hi,My husband, myself and 2 children (5 years and 3 months) are considering going to France for up to 12 months with the possibility of relocating permanently. . we would need to work eventually but have savings to see us through for up to 12 months. My mum has a property near Poitiers which is vacant most of the year and she would love for us to to live there. Can anyone offer any advice on schools, work and cost of living etc to help us make our decision?
I am a qualified dental nurse and currently manage 2 practices, I also have many other business qualifications. I am thinking of taking a TEFL course to enable me to teach English in France. My husband is a sales rep and in the past has had many outside manual jobs which he would like to go back into – gardening etc.
Many Thanks


rits July 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

this year september i will move to france dijon area.because i will marry to my girl friend after i will live there .i am networking engineer.can i get job in france but i am speak little bit french only.but i am speak english and asian language.can get job can i run family in france. anyone give me suggestion please.


Kaz August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Moving back to France from Qatar. Having been here in Doha 6 years now, I'm looking forward to moving back to SW France in 2013. We sold our original house in Lot et Garonne back in 2006, but have since purchased in Haute Pyrenees. I'm coming back with a 40ft container with household goods and a car. I'll fly back with my 2 dogs, hopefully landing in Paris and then driving down with a van hire. Anybody with any advice to make this exciting move easy? Any help/advice will be appreciated.


Johannes Roux September 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Hi am South African I would like to live France me my wife and two dogs we are in our late 50ths can some body please give me some advise please.


donna February 7, 2013 at 9:34 am

HI me and my husband want to move from the UK to the south of France in a few years do we need any permission of any Kind we want to rent at first my husband is a panel beater by trade and wants to set up over there. can some one give us any info of any Kind to help us please 🙂 we want to live rural if possible


hannah June 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Yeah I am going to move to France after I finish university. I want to move to the South of France. In Aix En Provence. I am working hard this summer and hopefully getting a paid job on campus this fall to save up the money to go on a 5 week travel study abroad programme that is inline with my current university and the trip is to Antibes France. Antibes is around a 30 minute drive (shorter by the euro rail) to Aix and so I plan on visiting the future place that I want to live in. I am a language enthusiast and just when i get there i very well may get a job teaching english. This is pretty much my life dream to move and live in europe particularly in the Mediterranean region near to italy and also spain, so france is right smack in the middle and therefore my best option. I am in love with the languages of French, Italian and Spanish. Considering this is my dream, it's either do or die. So there's no lack of motivation coming from my part, that's for sure! I am also saving up for studying abroad my junior year (I am going into my sophomore year this September) during my spring semester and I plan on studying my major (Painting and Drawing) at Lorenzo De' Medici International Institute in Florence Italy. I went to Firenze 2 springs ago and it was brilliant and I felt very much at home there. Enjoyed speaking italian with a seller man who sold me a very nice italian leather jacket.


michelle June 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm

hi we are planning on moving to southern france in the next few yrs we are not sure on the area yet my my husband is a skilled machine operator and i have an nvq working with children i understand these are not very skilled jobs so we are looking to rent a property rather than buy till we are sure its workable but can not find any properties for let that are not holiday lets as anyone any ideas where to look ? thanks


Dorothy Kuntz July 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

My husband and myself are retired United States citizens. We have a fairly good retirement income and would like to move to France for some years. We are raising three grandchildren and would like some information on how to begin and if it is at all possible.


Florence October 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm


I am opening a bilingual chilcare for families living around Chiswick/ Richmond/Twickenham. I am French and have been head teacher of a French nursery school in London for years. If you are moving to France, I will make sure that your youngest learn the most they can which will facilitate their adaptation into a french school . My childcare is the ideal place for that for sure!! Please get in touch at [email protected] / 07851-153004


Steve Williams May 31, 2014 at 11:40 pm

My wife and I are planning to move to france next year-April/may. We already have access to a property but eventually may want to work -I am a well qualified design engineer but not neccessarily need to keep that as my career


philemon lai October 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Dear sirs,

I am a 42 year-old chinese malaysian and have a family of 3 sons – 7 year-old, 5 year-old and a 2 year-old and my lovely wife who is taking care of them very well. I have been in many trades which includes the thing i like to do best – cooking, which I did run a restaurant before in my country. However, I am now a self-employed businessman involving in building materials mostly on pavement (Claypaver) for the last 6 years. Business is good which I think I have sufficient savings for me to move my family hopefully with the privilege of one day becoming a PR in France. I would like to open a seafood noodle/porridge restaurant in France and raising my children there permanently. Of course this will takes some time for me to prepare things such as getting a place for a restaurant, a place to rent and most importantly learning how to speak french. Please advice whether I am making a wise decision because I would love to see my children building the family tree in France starting with my first move. Please do not ask whether I am having a problem with my country…Thank you


Renata July 23, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Hello everyone,
I am a single mother of a 9-year old boy who is a little hyperactive, but a great kid who loves mathematics. 🙂 We both have dual citizenship – American and Romanian as I was born and raised in Romania, but have lived in the U.S. for 20+ years now. My son wants to move out of the U.S. as soon as possible and so do I, but I need some advise as to where in France, for example, as another option would be, actually, Romania. Well, I plan on using my English knowledge and my university degrees obtained in the U.S. and recognized in Romania, therefore in the European Union, in order to teach in France or work in other domains as long as it is a decent job (and decently paid). Where would you advise me to move, what city or town, and how difficult it is for an EN speaking young boy to learn French when he speaks, in fact, ‘broken’ Romanian, therefore a Latin language? How would public school help him learn French, how do I obtain any benefits for him, considering that I am raising him by myself? What other precious information can anyone give me in this regard? I just want to mention that we are the ‘good Romanians’, those who study hard no matter how harsh our living conditions are, and who work hard to make it. Thank you in advance.


Tina January 18, 2016 at 9:55 am

Hi renata!
I m living in France, in the south (near of toulouse). I m french, my english is approximate.
If you want help to live in france (school, works, house,..) let me know. It s Word pleasure.


Tanya Duncan August 31, 2016 at 12:47 am

Hi i am not getting help with benefits from caf. I live in France and look after my mum with dementia i also have a 2year old son.for 2 years i never asked for any help but now i need it as i have no money coming in and my 24/7 days and nights are looking after my mum and son. They said my partner was too old to work he is 63. Has anyone got advice or hopefully help because we are learning French and looking after a sick person you don’t get more time to do anything .. Can anyone advise


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