France is considering introducing a new police brigade section in Paris with officers that speak English to help people visiting the city and arriving to live there for the first time whose French may not be up to scratch.

Plans are well advanced and supported by Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault who believes that the force should be tasked with specifically helping those who struggle with French but who have a good grasp of English.

Overall it is also hoped that officers in the brigade will be able to speak a variety of other languages such as Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Portuguese and will be patrolling in areas popular with foreigners such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, big department stores and museums.

The idea is also supported by the Alliance 46.2 group which represents businesses that rely on income from visitors. It hopes that such a move would also attract more people to France as the country has seen the number of visitors fall by 5% due to terrorist attack fears.

It is estimated that France's tourism sector is worth around 8% of the country's GDP and provides jobs for around two million people.

There are other new measures to help both visitors and newcomers being introduced in France. On the roads, for example, there are now new signs aimed at making drivers aware of dangerous zones and the speed limits and they will also alert them to the presence of a speed camera just down the road.

For those moving to France to live there are a number of changes that could be beneficial. Town Halls are currently being equipped with the necessary technology to renew biometric identity cards.

On the health front anyone suffering from a long term illness such as cancer or heart problems can be prescribed a sporting activity by their doctor after a successful pilot scheme in Strasbourg and Biarritz.

People who have recovered from cancer and other long term illnesses no longer have to declare it when applying for a mortgage under certain conditions. Provided they have been free from the condition for a certain period of time, 10 years in most cases, it does not need to be included on the application.

The amount of time after which people do not need to mention their illness is being set by a reference grid which will be updated every year so as to keep track of the latest scientific advancements.

For example, for those who had childhood cancer the limit is currently put at five years to no longer be considered as being in the at risk category for applying for a loan.