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The main government organizations, resources and services in France all in one place.
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Emergency Numbers

  A handy list of important numbers:   These are important numbers for the emergency services in France. You can…

Latest articles on living in France

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What is a Réveillon?

According to French tradition, a proper réveillon will bring prosperity to the household. A réveillon is a long dinner, and possibly party, held on the evenings preceding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Banque Populaire Cote d'Azur

Banking in France

Banque Populaire Cote d’Azur is a Regional Mutual Bank, located in Nice, just in front of the airport on the Promenade des Anglais. It has a network of 115 branches all over the French Riviera (Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments), including


Learning French in Languedoc

The place An hour inland from the Mediterranean coast, equidistant from Narbonne and Perpignan, lie the Corbières Hills. Ruined fortresses set on crags once sheltered Cathar heretics and guarded the frontier with Aragon and Catalonia. Now there are valleys planted

La-Sante-Prison-MCB Michael C. Berch

French prison opens its doors to non-cons

La Santé, one of most notorious prisons in France whose former guests include Jacques Mesrine and Manuel Noriega, recently opened its otherwise impenetrable doors to the public ahead of a four-year refurbishment programme. The always excellent Andrew Hussey, who lives in the Montparnasse