What is vie scolaire in French schools and what is its function? Your questions answered…
In France, the school day is long and children spend much of their time sitting behind a desk. They do, however, have a day off from school mid-week, providing an opportunity to practise sport or take on other hobbies.
When Beth Ducat moved to France, she gave her two teenage daughters, Emma and Alex, the choice to stay in the UK or come to France with her. They chose the latter. Here, Beth tells how her daughters coped with their new French school…
Andrea knew she wanted to live in France ever since her first day of French class when she was 13 years old…
Ellie Cobbe spent six months studying in the French capital and met a wealth of different people from all different backgrounds with one shared philosophy: a desire to live and learn in one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Holly was 12 when her family moved from Beaminster in Dorset to the Mayenne in France and had to go to a French school. Find out how she got on…
Why buying property in and around Chalabre, with nearby lakes, castles and stunning views of the Pyrenees, makes for a great investment!
Your essential guide to facilities in towns to be found north of the Loire and east of Angers. You can find details on bars, restaurants, chemists, banks, supermarkets, broadband, English-language cinema, distance to the ports and much more.
This beautiful part of France is home to some of the most spectacular properties in Europe, but you can also pick up a bargain. Its proximity to the Channel ports and Paris also make Sarthe an ideal location.
Extensive details of Fontenay le Comte and surrounding area The south-east Vendee has been a popular destination for house-hunters for many years. The climate, excellent transport links and affordable property make the area ideal for those dreaming of a new…
This is a comprehensive list of things to do at various points during the removal process. Following this checklist will take away some of the pressure of thinking of too many things at once, or having to make last minute changes for forgotten necessities.
There are three terms in the school year, starting in September. Dates of French school holidays vary according to the “zone” you live in.
Le Cordon Bleu, the world’s leading network of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management institutes, opens its new Paris school in June
While you will be familiar with home and car insurance, in France you also have to know about civil liability and other policies that may be new
At the start of the 2015 school year France introduced new ‘civics lessons’ in primary and secondary classrooms aimed at defending the values of la Republique.
Your handy list of French region and department education authority contacts in France Below is a run-down of the major educational structures in France followed by a comprehensive list of the regional academy contacts in France, plus the departmental services within those regions.…
Reforms to the French collège system In spite of much consternation, union disgruntlement and, naturellement, strikes by teachers back in May, France’s Socialist Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem’s reforms to educational practices in French middle schools (collèges) for pupils between 11 and 15…
The allocation rentrée scolaire is a grant to assist households under a certain income level. It may help offset the cost of books and materials.
The French are particular about their CVs so here’s how to make sure yours looks good and reads well. Made it to the interview? Great! Read out tips to give yourself the best chance of success
The gîte market in France is ultra-competitive – but this doesn’t mean it is impossible to earn an income. However, to make it work you have to be committed and focused…
In the House Directors: François Ozon Cert: 15 Running time: 105 mins Claude, (Ernst Umhauer) is a 16 year-old school boy who has taken to spying on one of his classmates and their family in their home, using them as inspiration for his English homework –…
Not all American driving licences are exchangeable for a French one. Find out if yours is – and the step-by-step process to acquiring a French licence otherwise.
Wine is a complex beverage, or at least it should be, and to understand a wine’s complexity and depth you need to analyze it.
During the past 15 years, American Jeff Allen has lived, studied and worked in the corporate world in France. Based on this experience, he identifies some key elements of French culture, and hopes that these insights will help others get to grips with the French work culture.
It is known that being bilingual is a stimulant for children’s brains. A new study finds that the benefits can last a lifetime, far beyond the evident linguistic advantage.
Un footing, le timing, un people – these are all French words! Of course, they sound English but they have been stolen, or should I say adapted, and mean something completely different in French. Un footing is the word for…
As most people know, the law in France differs considerably on certain points to that of the UK or USA, and in France the law with regard to insurance will definitely effect you whether you are buying a house, building property, or intending to drive in France.
Having moved to France in 2004 with husband, son and mum, Maria created a life in Provençe to suit the three generations…
In 2007, the Hill family from Kent moved to Calvados in Normandy where they now run an eco-gite business. Here, wife and mother of two, Rosie Hill, shares their story with FrenchEntree – complete with faux pas and pigs.
Chris, an Isle of Man Advocate in General Practice, and Vanessa, formerly Head of PE at Island Secondary School, met on the hockey pitch…
There’s something magical in the air in France each September – a renaissance after the August shut-down, a new beginning after long holidays on the coast and slow summer days at rural retreats. In the blink of an eye, life in France changes.
The main government organizations, resources and services in France all in one place.
A handy glossary of French insurance terms
The National Museum of Natural History is an eclectic collection of some of France’s most important and distinguished gardens. Here we take a browse around four of the best, from Provence to Paris.
It’s never too late for ‘late starters and re-starters’ who love art, writing and music. Learning new skills in an idyllic setting is rejuvenating.
Five years ago, two mothers from opposite sides of the Atlantic, Sylvie Confiac in Paris, and Susan Horton in New York created Au Pair Paris to match smart, caring young Anglophones with host families in the Paris metropolitan region.
Penny from La Betoule shares her secret for perfect macarons every time.
Doctors traditionally recommend a week in the Alps for the fresh mountain air but are just as keen on the region these days – as a prescription for financial benefits.
Jeff and Liz were dismayed to be shown a house that was different from their specifications, not in the small hamlet they had envisioned, not stone construction, and was very formal in style. It was also substantially over budget. In short, it was perfect.
Elizabeth Whiteman lives in Bury, a small village in the Oise department, close to the town of Mouy, between Chantilly and Beauvais. She is a mother of three and a keen gardener, who also likes to paint her produce.
We ask an American living in Corsica what it’s like to work there, raise her children on the island and what makes the frustrations worthwhile. Cara Straforelli shares some highlights with FrenchEntrée.
This is a popular French pastry filled with almond cream that celebrates the holiday of Epiphany on the 6th of January, the visitation of the Magi to the baby Jesus. This is a very popular tradition all over France among…
This is a popular French pastry shared during the holiday of Epiphany, on the 6th of January. The lucky person who gets the hidden “fève” is crowned King or Queen and gets to wear the crown.
Having suffered a gas attack, frostbite and shellshock – and chronicled the horrors of the Western Front by letter and in his poems – Wilfred Owen thought he would survive the war…
Les Chalets d’Angèle is a brand new development near the French-Swiss border built with respect for the environment
Ange and Bruce intended to move to Finland. After four years in France, one beautiful daughter and a baby on the way, they share the story of the road that led them to Agen – an acronym of Ange… coincidence?
Get married in France? Isn’t that difficult, people will ask, mindful of French bureaucracy? Well, I got married here eight years ago, I have just organised my stepdaughter’s – much bigger – wedding so here’s how to do it!
Beverley and Scott Middleton bought a holiday home in Brittany in 2005. Here, the couple tell us how after viewing 35 houses in 10 days, they fell in love with a property near Carhaix in central Brittany – a part of the world that also inspires Bev’s passion for photography.
Louise Molloy travelled to France from Australia to seek a retreat for artists and writers suitable for vegetarians. She discovered tranquility, time and space in a productive environment at Atelier de la Rose.
Kent Terry from Nutley in England (45) and Jake Watt from Dunbar in Scotland (31) with Tilda the Taxi are Rip-it Encore, a band based near Pézenas (Herault) that play bars, restaurants, weddings, parties and other events.