Guides for everyday life in France
This section is packed with information on everyday life in France, advice to help you establish new routines and run your life whether you are buying a holiday home or making a more permanent move. Start by checking out our articles on the most common issues (see right), including driving in France
, getting set-up with utilities in France
, installing a pool in France
, French weather
, computers and TV
and having pets in France
. If you would like to make a contribution to the zone, please get in touch
The Post Office
The French Post Office (La Poste) is a state-owned company, and post offices (bureau de poste or simply poste) in France are always staffed by post office employees, who are French civil servants (fonctionnaires). Read our article on *Postal charges
to find out more...
Bright ideas to help you with the everyday tasks of French life
Last Call Return in France
Finding cheap car fuel
Some dates for your 2012/13 diary.
Get organised with our check-list of things to do...
If you want to legally employ someone on a temporary basis, whether personally or professionally, you will need to use the chéque d'emploi
system. Here's how it works
Flying to France?
Visit the FrenchEntrée Flights to France
map to view the airlines flying from the UK airports to France.
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No green fingers? No problem.
Tips from lansdcaping expert James Basson
What you need to know
Moving to France is a big step whatever age you are. But there are some issues that are more like to affect those retiring or planning to retire. Elaine Douglas gives advice on what to expect and how to deal with it.
French culture is very family-orientated and so it is not surprising that moving to France has an increasing appeal to families with young children. But how to adopt a French lifestyle and maintain the income to sustain it is a common challenge for those contemplating a move. more...
Nicky Whenman moved from Essex to Malestroit in Brittany six years ago. Here, she tells FrenchEntrée why she chose to settle in the region and how she found a way to work from home so she could be there for her children. more...
Whether you want to rent out a few weeks to cover some costs, make your retirement home pay for itself, or you dream about a career change or living abroad, letting your property could be the answer.
Hayley Flurer from South Africa moved to Strasbourg in 2009 and discovered a novel way of earning a living (and meeting new people) even before she had mastered the language. more...
The cost of using toll roads in France can soon add up. Signing up for télépéage
could work out more economical on many levels, offering discounts and allowing you to avoid the queues. more...
Understanding the ki, kwa, kan, pk (who, what, when and why)
There was a time when it was enough to be able to converse in the boulangerie and skim read the local journal to get by in France. But what should you do when a friend sends you a message like ‘mrci pr le kfe’? The answer is to text them back... more...
...on the Process of Purchasing a Property in France
So you have found the house of your dreams and you now need to think of the practicalities and legalities of the transaction. What follows is a brief synopsis of what you need to know.
Unfortunately breakdowns are an everyday motoring risk. The safety of you and your passengers together with other road users is a top priority, so here are some tips on what to do if your vehicle breaks down when driving abroad.
Managing your finances in another country presents a number of potential pitfalls. Local tax systems and finance regulations are some of the biggest hurdles to overcome; but getting the basics right can be relatively easy with the correct know-how and support. more...
Renovating a farmhouse is a labour of love for many expats in France and properties with features like original wooden shutters are some of the most sought after - give them the attention they deserve and they’ll reward you for years to come.more...
For some, the dream of a new life in France doesn't work out. For others it is hugely successful. How do you make sure you fall into the latter category? We take a look at the common problems cited by those who give up on French life.
Had a ticket recently and not sure how many points are left on your licence? Or perhaps you're unclear about whether points lost years ago have been returned? Now there's an easy way to find out
Sally Stone offers some advice
Having lived here for three years, I'd forgotten what a shock it can be coming to live in France. But I’m witnessing at close hand a friend who has just made the move and how hard it is for them to adjust. Any suggestions how I can help?
How does it feel to move to France when you're a child? To leave behind all that is familiar for a country you may know little about, and where you don't speak the language?
What to do - and not do - to help your child adjust
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16 Crossings a Day
offers 16 crossings a day between Dover and Calais from just £19. We'll welcome you onboard the Rodin or Berlioz where you'll find a relaxing atmosphere with great French food and a fantastic view of the channel.
British Corner Shop
We are the online supermarket for British Expats, selling over 8,000 of your most loved British products delivered to your door. Visit our website to begin your British Food Shopping
Insure Your Holiday Home – In English
Insurance for your French holiday home when it's unoccupied or holiday let. Simple to understand French home insurance in plain English - Get a quote
Innovation in Wealth Management
Fiscal, legal, mortgage, pension, investment and financial advice and services to French residents, those relocating here or those with assets in the hexagon, whatever their nationality. Qualified as Conseillers en Gestion de Patrimoine Indépendent, and with UK financial and IFA qualifications too. Find our more
French property and succession law
We help UK Nationals with buying and selling French property and French succession law problems including making wills. View our website to find out more
International school of Cote D'Azur
EBICA offers students a complete double French-English curriculum from Preschool to High School. Visit EbicaSchool.com
Need French healthcare?
Exclusive Healthcare offer Top Up health insurance to residents and home owners in France. Private health cover is also available. Learn More
Financial advice & solutions for people relocating to France
Download Siddalls help sheets for "your new life in France" by clicking here.
Sail to Le Havre
New for May 2013
, Brittany Ferries introduces a high speed service to Le Havre. Arriving in just 3hrs 45 mins, this early morning sailing means that you can be in France for lunch
Moving to France for LESS!
Anyvan is a part load and removal specialist moving anything and everything to/from France – saving up to 75%. Visit AnyVan.com
UKtelecom Special Offer
40% off your broadband & FREE CALLS to French and UK mobiles. Management of new line installations, unlimited call packages and much more. Save money here
Are you frustrated with French paint?
The Best of British Paint in France.
The most famous cabaret in the world!
Over 620,000 spectators a year come to admire the most beautiful girls in the world. The Moulin Rouge, for a friends’ gathering, night out with the family or a romantic rendez-vous, always makes for an unforgettable night out! Visit Moulin Rouge
Lettings, Project management & Building services
We will beat any genuine quote on price and quality, just let us have the details of your estimate. Visit www.property-euro.co.uk
Breakdown Direct European breakdown cover
offers you great value European breakdown cover and first class service, with 24/7 emergency support from AXA Assistance, one of the world’s leading emergency assistance companies.
Baggage delivery from ONLY £69*
Cost effective removals and transport services between London and Paris.
French Property Services
Looking for your perfect French property or have already found it but need help with its upkeep? Let us help
French Insurance in English
All your Insurance requirements from an Independent Broker. Health, Cars, Property, Marine, Commercial, etc. Get a quote from Asttral.
Mobile homes for sale in France from £5,995
New sited mobile homes from £16,995 and resale sited mobile homes from £5,995
. Sites open for 12 months of the year. Aquitaine, Brittany, Dordogne, Languedoc, Pas-de-Calais and the Vendee.
Fed up of high UK taxation?
Tax planning is essential if you are to avoid paying on to Caesar more than is due to him. Blevins Franks mini-site explains more
Save a Fortune on Currency Exchange
Whether you need advice or an international money transfer quote, FrenchEntree's currency partner - Moneycorp - can help. Visit the France currency exchange