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The InterNations Expat Guide for working and living in France

Are you an expat working and living in France? Or are you preparing to move soon to Paris, Nice or any other of the French international hotspots?

Expat life in France has much to offer and provides a great intercultural experience – from discovering the countryside like the salty marshland of the Camargue, learning how French people celebrate Bastille Day, up to tasting France’s favorite dishes such as foie gras.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in France. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world – from living in Argentina to living in UK.

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Top Articles in the France Expat Guide

  • Moving to France

    For many expats, moving to France conjures up images of excellent cuisine and wine. But of course, that’s only half the truth! The InterNations expat guide on moving to France provides you with useful info beyond this stereotype: on the French language, popular expat destinations, and more.
  • Living in France

    Life in France may be full of joie de vivre, but it is best to come prepared. The French are very proud of their culture, so get informed before starting your new life to avoid any faux-pas! Our expat guide to France will equip you with essential info on the locals, the language, and healthcare, and more.
  • Working in France

    Expatriates are often attracted by France’s promising working conditions and good social security coverage. If you are also intrigued by the idea of working in France, our InterNations guide helps you learn more. We cover France’s industries, business climate, and work permits.
  • The French Economy: An Overview

    The French economy is a strong player, both in Europe and worldwide. With a large, and growing, services sector, it is an attractive destination for expats looking for work. Our guide briefly introduces the sectors, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the French economy.
  • Unemployment Benefits in France: A Safety Net for Tough Times

    You have been enjoying a new life and career in France, but one day, the worst-case scenario happens: you lose your job. What now? This InterNations guide explains how unemployment benefits work in France and what to watch out for when it comes to renewing residence permits.
  • French Road Rules

    Getting behind the wheel is a great way to discover France. But before you embark on your trip, you should learn more about French road rules, from tolls to speed limits, from clean-air stickers to what to do in a case of emergency. With our guide, you will be ready to hit the road in no time!
  • Rural Towns or Major Cities? The Best Destinations for Expats

    Choosing a place to live can be hard, especially in a country as diverse as France. InterNations gives an overview of four regions in the land of wine and cheese that are perfect for relocation.
  • Finding Your New Physician: Doctors and Dentists in France

    Moving to a new country, you will also need to find a new doctor and dentist. Whether you are looking for a general practitioner or seeking specialist treatment, InterNations has compiled a guide to getting yourself set up in France.
  • From Crèches to Child-Minders: Childcare in France

    No matter where you are in the world, every working parent wants the best possible care for their children. Fortunately, France has several options, and our expat guide offers advice on where to send your little ones and how much you can expect to spend.
  • The Country of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity

    The French are known to be proud of their country — a pride woven into their customs and traditions. From celebrating the end of the French Revolution to marching through the streets with their national motto: this expat guide gives you all the information on the rich culture of France.
  • Types of Businesses in France

    If you want to open up a business in your new home abroad, it will take a lot of research and planning to prepare everything correctly. This article provides a general summary of the types of business options available in France.
  • France in Numbers

    Have a look at these key facts and figures on France’s demographics, languages, economy, climate, and more to get a first impression of the republic, including its overseas regions.
  • How to Stay Safe and Sound in France

    An ongoing high threat-level has left not only tourists wondering whether or not France is a safe destination. However, you are much more likely to fall victim to a pickpocket in Paris than to a terrorist attack. In certain areas, nature as well as social tensions pose a certain risk, though.
  • French Customs: The Dos and Don’ts of “Douane”

    Ready to make the move to France? Whether you’re passing though on vacation or moving your home overseas, stay on the right side of French customs by keeping these things in mind when packing your bags.

Working and living in France – Valuable Information from A to Z

Moving to and living in France requires a wealth of up-to-date, trustworthy information on various aspects of French expat life. Living abroad in France raises a lot of questions such as: ʺHow do I find the best relocation services for moving to France?ʺ, ʺWhich essential etiquette rules should I know for business lunches in france?ʺ, ʺWhich international school in Paris should our kids attend?ʺ or, ʺHow do I obtain a work permit for my spouse at the French municipality in Lyon?ʺ

Collecting all that information on working and living in France is quite laborious and time-consuming. Our InterNations Expat Guide for France aims to help you and provides you with reliable info on those topics that matter to expats living in France. The Guide includes information on many different areas ranging from expat institutions and clubs, to sports & leisure or local infrastructure, up to restaurants & nightlife. Typical questions related to expat life abroad, such as ʺHow proficient do I have to be in business French?ʺ, will no longer remain unanswered.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside France? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Italy or living in Taiwan!

Tips on living and working in France – From special food stores to serviced apartments

Moreover, our expat directory for France includes recommended listings of expat institutions and relocation services, e.g. special food stores or serviced apartments. As a member, you’ll also be able to share your experiences of living abroad in France with your fellow expats on the InterNations Forum. We are looking forward to welcoming you with a heart-felt Bonjour from our expats living and working in France.