Education Zones

The French Educational System

In France, education is the responsibility of the state and is provided through a series of state (i.e., public) schools, although private schools are also available. Education is mandatory up to the age of 16 and is free until the age of 18. The Ministère de l’Education Nationale (Ministry of Education) manages all aspects of education …

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Transferring into the French School System

It can be a daunting step when moving one’s child from their ‘mother tongue’ educational system into an entirely new one. The good news for those moving to France is that the French state education system is highly regarded both in France and at an international level…

George Sand – 19th Century Novelist with Modern Ideas

George Sand, (1804–1876), whose real name was Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin, was a woman ahead of her time whose works and lifestyle were both controversial and fascinating to her national and international audiences. She defied the conventions of the time by smoking ….

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La France : un état laïque

The separation of church and state has an impact on school and public administration. France is a secular state, but what are the implications of “laïcité” in everyday life?

French television channels

Although French television doesn’t have a great reputation, watching local TV is one of the best ways to keep up with what it happening in the country culturally and learning the language…

French Author gives advice…

The former Chateau of the Comtesse de Segur, famous writer of children’s books in the 19th Century, is certainly an appropriate place for a 21st Century writer to live. Genevieve Brame, author of ‘Living and Working in France – Chez Vous En France’, is fortunate to have an appartment in the chateau grounds in the lovely Normandy countryside. I was fortunate to spend a pleasant lunch with her and to take the opportunity to ask her what advice she would give to second home owners in France.

Recommended Reading

In this section you will find suggestions for helpful books on cooking and food in France.

Current recommendation:
‘The A – Z of French Food’, Scribo Editions.

This unusual, almost quaint glossary is an indispensable handbook for anyone who is not totally fluent in French. There is always something on the menu which…

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Insider Tips on Educating Your Child in France

Much of the information available about French education prepares you for the procedures and helps you understand the system. However, there are some aspects about moving your child to France that aren’t mentioned in books or TV programmes…

Animal Free Organic Growing

Image not found.As a vegetarian or vegan you might like to try growing some of your own food — or maybe you already do. That’s a great idea, but how do you go about it? …

Educational Cycles

Reforms introduced in 1989/90 divided nursery and primary schooling into cycles (cycles pedagogique). There are three cycles, each of three years duration, designed to provide the ability for pupils to …