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Hi Erin, and welcome to the forum.

Opening a bank account in France isn't all that difficult - as long as you have all the appropriate documents. It's a bit more of a process than in the US, but still... Is your husband's employer recommending a specific expat bank? (In which case, perhaps they would be willing to provide you with a reference.) I'm not sure what an "expat bank" would offer you. (Actually I only know of one expat bank here in the Paris area - and that's mostly something to do with investments.)

The availability of the free French classes may depend on the sort of visa you hold. If you're required to sign a CAI (contrat d'accueil et d'integration), the language classes should be part of that. On arrival, you are supposed to send in a form to the OFII. They arrange an appointment, and as part of that appointment, you should wind up signing the CAI.

If not, ask at the mairie. If you aren't included in the CAI classes, there are often not-for-profit associations that offer French classes for foreigners for very reasonable fees.
Cheers,
Bev
 
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