There’s much more in terms of employment opportunities - depending of course on your level of education, qualifications and French-language abilities. If you already live in France or are looking to move to the country, here are some ideas to get you started. Working for a start-up The start-up scene in France is hot right now. So hot, in fact, that some people are referring to it as the "Startup nation". Indeed, Forbes has started releasing a French version of its business magazine in efforts to chart the progress of France on the startup scene. "Many people say France is becoming the 'startup nation' and the discourse is changing. We have a president who is promoting entrepreneurship and free enterprise," Dominique Busso, the media entrepreneur behind the venture, told AFP in October. And don't forget that Paris has recently flung open the doors to the mega startup hub "Station F" (pictured below), a converted railway station that aims to house 1,000 startups. … [Read more...] about The jobs you can do in France (if you don’t want to teach English)
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Stories abound in France of foreign residents being ripped off by rogue traders. And the ones that stand out are of those who have been ripped off by fellow expats whether due to incompetence or basic swindling or a mixture of both. It happens all too often and the victims are often left without their hard-earned life savings. There are of course many expat tradesmen who are bonafide and highly capable and the reality is you could be ripped off by anyone in France, locals too. The problem of rogue builders is one that French authorities and its legal system have seemingly struggled to stamp out which means the onus is on the customer to do what they can to avoid being the victim of incompetence or blatant theft. Victims often talk about feelings of shame, embarrassment and guilt after being ripped off, but often they did many of the right things. However there are certain things, many in fact, that you can do to help minimize the chances and weed out those rogue builders who … [Read more...] about Living in France: How to avoid being conned by rogue tradesmen
How many Americans are actually living in France? It's a good question. According to the most recent data given to the The Local from France's national statistics agency INSEE, the number of Americans in France is around the 31, 000 mark. Although the real number is likely to be much higher, with the US embassy even talking of around 100,000 "yankees" in France. Judging by comments from our readers and on social media platforms there are a few hundred thousand more Americans who dream of moving to France. So you're thinking of moving to France you'll want to know where to find (or where to avoid) your fellow countrymen, right? Paris, Ile de France, Photo: Flickr/Henrik Berger Jørgensen You can probably guess where most American expats choose to settle in France. That’s right: the City of Light. Île de France, the region around Paris, is officially home to about 15,500 Americans (so around exactly half of all Americans in France), making it the clear top … [Read more...] about Where in France do all the American expats live?
British expat Xynthia Hawke died in September 2014 shortly after giving birth to her baby boy Isaac at the Kappa Clinic near Bayonne. An anaesthetist has admitted to being under the influence of alcohol during a botched procedure to try to relieve the young mum from the pain she was in after a successful Caesarean. This week it emerged that another doctor who was working at the clinic that night has been charged in relation to Hawke's death. The Obstetrician was charged with the offense of “non-assistance of a person whose life was in danger” relating to his actions in the clinic after the birth. The family lawyer Philippe Courtois says that second charge “in no way reduces the responsibility for the mistakes made by the anaesthetist Dr Helga Wauters. On the night Wauters, originally from Belgium, had administered the earlier anaesthetic for the Caesarean and then went off to have “a glass of rosé” with friends. … [Read more...] about Second doc charged over death of Brit mum in France
Alex O'Connor, 32, left his job working in a secondary school in northern England to head to the south of France where he works as a personal trainer based on the Côte d'Azur. He runs his own business "Azur Training", and specializes in coaching clients martial arts such as Thai boxing to help keep them trim and in good shape. His gamble to set out on a new career path in France is beginning to pay off. How did you end up in the south of France? Well, I used to live here about ten years ago when I worked as an English teacher and I really liked the area. It’s got a lot to offer. It’s by the sea and it’s close to the mountains. There’s a wide variety of people here and with Nice airport there are plenty of flights home. Why did you decide to set up your business on the Côte d’Azur? Well I just don’t think it would have gone down so well in Barnsley or Doncaster. There's demand here and it’s possible to do it. I remember … [Read more...] about ‘To start a venture in France, just be brave’