It depends a bit what sort of visa you're looking to get. If it's a limited duration visitor's visa (as for a student or a "fiancé" visa) check with the consulate to see if they want you to have repatriation coverage. (I.e. where you'll be sent back to your home country in case of serious illness or accident.) If this is the case, you'll need a form of long-term travel health insurance.
If you're going to retire or otherwise stay there indefinitely without working, then you'll need full coverage expat health insurance. Most of the big international insurers offer this sort of coverage - Bupa, AXA, Allianz, etc.
Thanks Bev we are looking to stay indefinitely so will try Bupa and Allianz
Bev whilst I have your attention my wife and I are looking to go over in September to buy a bed and breakfast we are looking in two regions Rennes and Lyon (even outskirts of these two cites) we picked them as of there locations and the fact that large universities are located there so we think they might get patronage from parents visiting their children all your round.
We would like to contact realtors in the two areas that we can meet up with and get them to help us look for suitable properties.
Would need them to speak English
Can you recommend any web sites to make contact with realtors?
Also have you heard of global visas an organization that helps/assists you getting visas,whilst I know that the French government don't deal direct with any organizations and it must be the individual applicants,have you any knowledge of such organizations or any thoughts?
Thanks as always on your valuable insights