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Hi Folks

Well, after two weeks living here in France I'm as confused as ever! I apologise in advance as I have lots of (brief) questions;

1) i need to see a physiotherapist (have gone and damaged ankle!). Do I just find one over here and go see him/her, or do I need to go via a GP (I've no GP yet either as trying to find out what my social security no is!). Wondering if the physio situation is the same for other 'specialists' also?

2) any recommendations for sites to find co-locations or preferably apartment rentals, without the added extra of an extortionate agency fee, would be welcome. Already checked 'leboncoin' and 'appartager'.

3) Is house/apartment insurance necessary by law?

4) if apartment in 2) above works out would like to get a cat. Are there animal rescue shelters in France, so that I could adopt? What are vet fees here like and should I get insurance (yes, I like to plan ahead..)

5) have finally got a functioning phone, signed to Free.fr (yay). Problem is I haven't a clue how to get online with the card. Instructions from Free (en Francais) suggest configuring server and it gives codes for APN, MMSC, MCC etc. Anyone know what these abbreviations stand for, so that I can have some hope of figuring it out?

Help/suggestions with any of the above gratefully received. Merci tout le monde! :confused2:
 

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Let me see what help I can give you and then we'll let the other forum members chime in here with their advice.

1) i need to see a physiotherapist (have gone and damaged ankle!). Do I just find one over here and go see him/her, or do I need to go via a GP (I've no GP yet either as trying to find out what my social security no is!). Wondering if the physio situation is the same for other 'specialists' also?
Physiotherapist here is a "kiné" - best route is to find yourself a GP (medecin referent) and have them prescribe you a number of sessions with a kiné. As far as the social security number goes - have you taken your certificate of coverage to the CPAM or URSSAF yet? In any event, since you have to pay first and then get reimbursed, you can always just go see a doctor, and declare him or her as your medecin traitant. Once you've fought your way through the paperwork and have your sécu number, then submit the forms you've collected along the way and they should normally reimburse your outlays (or 70% of them at least).

2) any recommendations for sites to find co-locations or preferably apartment rentals, without the added extra of an extortionate agency fee, would be welcome. Already checked 'leboncoin' and 'appartager'.
Google "colocation" and the name of the town or region where you're living. There are a growing number of online listings of specifically flat share listings.

3) Is house/apartment insurance necessary by law?
Yes - but it's mostly civil responsibility insurance and fairly cheap to get. Fastest and easiest to start out with is to ask at your bank. Once you get a bit more savvy with the system, you can start asking around at insurance brokers and agents.

4) if apartment in 2) above works out would like to get a cat. Are there animal rescue shelters in France, so that I could adopt? What are vet fees here like and should I get insurance (yes, I like to plan ahead..)
OK, I come from the US so have a different base of comparison, but I find vet fees here quite reasonable. There are shelters here - and occasionally there are those that run "adopt a pet" days. You can also ask at the vets for associations and shelters they recommend - most vets have a bulletin board with pets available for adoption both from individuals and from shelters and associations.

5) have finally got a functioning phone, signed to Free.fr (yay). Problem is I haven't a clue how to get online with the card. Instructions from Free (en Francais) suggest configuring server and it gives codes for APN, MMSC, MCC etc. Anyone know what these abbreviations stand for, so that I can have some hope of figuring it out?
Are you using a sim card in a smart phone or do you have a Freebox? With a SIM card it is relatively easy to get online and I didn't have to configure any of those server thingees. It could be different if you're using a Freebox.
Cheers,
Bev
 
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