Whether you plan to live in France or have a second home there, it will all be easier if you have a French bank account. It also makes paying bills simpler – and some organisations such as phone companies or utilities may insist that you set up a Direct Debit or prélèvement. The easiest bank account to set up is a ‘compte courant’ (current account), to pay bills and everyday French expenses, and have a cheque book.
GUIDE TO LIVING IN FRANCE
Welcome to the FrenchEntrée guide to living in France. Here you will find all the information you need in order to make the most of your new life in France. Moving to France is a very exciting prospect, but at the same time, relocating to another country can be rather challenging.
Whether retiring to France or moving to France as a family with children, our indispensable articles will help you choose the right area of France to live in, find and buy a property, give you tips for learning French and explain how to start a business or find a job.
You can also learn about the French school system, how to take out health insurance, manage your pension income and everything else you need to know to make your move to France as stress free as possible. Then you can simply relax and make friends with your neighbours and enjoy the climate, food, wine and the laid back French lifestyle.
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