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If you were covered in the UK for health insurance, you should be able to get an S-1 that would entitle you to regular health care cover here until you found a job (for up to 2 years, I think it is). Basically, it transfers your UK coverage to France - though practically speaking you'll have the same coverage as any other French resident. The French just charge the costs back to the NHS in the UK.
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Another good source for information about the CMU, with plenty of links to official government sites is Service Public: Couverture maladie universelle (CMU) et Aide médicale de l'État (AME) - Service-public.fr

I'm not sure what you're referring to when you say that you have to register with the local mayor after 3 months, but as long as you're going to the mairie anyhow, you should talk to them about CMU. Most mairies have a "social assistant" you can sit down with to determine your eligibility for various aids and social programs. It won't hurt a bit for you to register with Pole d'Emploi either - not for benefits, but for help finding work and any classes or other programs that might help get you started.
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