My wife and I are planning on retiring in France in the southern area near Villefranche Sur Mer. We are selling our residence here in the U.S. and plan on renting an apartment in the village Villefranche. We have read many of the forums here as well as information online from the French Embassy in the U.S. about visas. My questions surround this Visa process. Our move is planned for about a year from now. From what we gather we need to make a personal appearance at the French consulate in L.A. (we reside in AZ) approx 6 months prior to our desired departure date. The financial proof should be no problem...the health insurance is somewhat confusing...we have health insurance here in the U.S. but I am assuming that we need to show proof of global health insurance that would cover us in France..which would mean we need to change our current policy to a global coverage one ? Since we plan on renting an apartment to reside in ...will the Consulate require an exact address of said apartment prior to actually moving over ? We will both be retired at time of departure with no plans on ever working again in France ..just enjoying retirement. What type of Visa should we be applying for ? Thanks for any help anyone can offer us.