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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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.
The French post office provides banking and insurance services as well as its primary function of distributing mail...
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...
Getting back in the game the second time around
Romance in France? If you fancy a life à deux
the answer could be just a click away...
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.
The 7 things you need to know
Good quality wood not only makes the fire easier to light and maintain—it makes your fireplace safer. Follow these tips to find a good supplier.
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.
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...
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.
When the French do romance on film, it’s not just rom com-mon, it’s l’amour! Here is a selection of our favourite romantic French films, as voted by the members of FrenchFilmClub.com ...
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
Buy on a French holiday village
Buying with Siblu may be right for you, it is for many others... 'We have more of a social life here than we do at home
.' Find out more by ordering the brochure
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
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
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
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
Save 30% on sailings to France
Wish you could sail in style to France or Spain for less? Join the Brittany Ferries Travel Club – Club Voyage
. Make big savings on Brittany Ferries fares and enjoy lots of onboard extras too!
Your very own gem apartment in Deauville
Make yourself at home in a unique apartment offering 5-stars services and benefit from guaranteed annual income and a 100% VAT refund. Find out more
Surrender to French!
Frantastique provides 10-15 minutes daily, personalised French lessons which adapt to your level and interests. Try it out!
Financial advice & solutions for people relocating to France
Download Siddalls help sheets for "your new life in France" by clicking here.
French Legal Advice
Protect your assets across borders and jurisdictions covering Wills & succession planning, Inheritance Tax, Probate following death of a family member plus more... Visit StoneKing.co.uk for more information
French Insurance in English
All your Insurance requirements from an Independent Broker. Health, Cars, Property, Marine, Commercial, etc. Get a quote from Asttral.
Fast satellite broadband & SKYTV
Subscriptions, product installation and support. Up to 40 times faster than fixed line ADSL connections, UK IP address. Visit Astrasat.tv
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
British Corner Shop
The online supermarket for expats, selling over 8,000 British products delivered to your door. Start shopping
Travel light. Downsize luggage.
Your toiletries delivered to any holiday or business address in France, Corsica & Monaco. Out of your bag into a box! Visit www.box-on-line.com today
Furniture for France
UK Sofas, living room, bedroom, kitchen and office furniture available in quality Oak and Pine. Many styles. Home delivery. visit the website
International school of Cote D'Azur
EBICA offers students a complete double French-English curriculum from Preschool to High School. Visit EbicaSchool.com
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
Keeping Your Home Warm... For Less
As the time honoured art of heating our homes by wood is harnessed and packaged in ever more efficient and stylish stoves, one could be forgiven for forgetting this is mankind’s oldest heat source. Visit www.woodstovestudio.com
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
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.