There are good reasons for this. Paris, you'll have guessed, is home to the largest US expat community. The City of Light has great cafés, culture, and beautiful architecture of course, but it's also where Americans stand the best chance of getting a job. Many US companies have headquarters in or close to the capital and other American groups and organisations such as the American Library and the American Church based in the capital provide opportunities for work and networking that aren't found elsewhere in France. Other favourite areas for Americans who have settled here are the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region in central France with the country's second largest city of Lyon, famed for its food, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in the south of France, home to Nice and the glamorous French Riviera. These are all places with large cities and good transport networks. Another reason so many Americans settle in … [Read more...] about The questions Americans should ask before moving to France
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Driving along the majestic Garonne in autumn 2017 en route to the city centre of Bordeaux, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in Dublin circa the Celtic Tiger period of the nineties or Canary Wharf in the eighties. Where once the "Sleeping Beauty of the South West" boasted grim warehouses overlooking under developed docklands, now Bordeaux has been transformed - practically beyond recognition to many residents. The result? The city itself and the surrounding satellite towns and suburbs of the ‘Nouvelle Aquitaine’ have experienced what has been described by some estate agents and developers as the most significant period of urban growth in housing since Bordeaux's illustrious mayor Alain Juppé took office more than ten years ago and woke the "Sleeping Beauty". READ ALSO: I myself arrived in the city in January 2014 with no fixed job, no apartment, no plan but to get on the housing market. So, having spent years … [Read more...] about Booming Bordeaux: How the south west’s ‘sleeping beauty’ has woken up
Whether it’s retiring to the sunny Dordogne, studying in Paris or taking the plunge to teach English in picturesque Bordeaux or Lyon, many people dream of living in France. But how easy is it if your level of French is basically non-existent? And aren't you just asking for problems? For a start, talk to anyone who’s moved to France and they’re guaranteed to mention the word ‘bureaucracy’. Finding a place to live, opening a bank account and dealing with the endless amount of paperwork you’ll encounter can be cumbersome for any foreigner, even those who are fluent French speakers. For some things a good knowledge of French is simply essential. For example if you’re planning to apply for French citizenship you will need to take a French test if you’re under 60. And whether you're trying to register a car, get a French driving license or a resident's permit (carte de sejour) then speaking French is pretty much a necessity. “Even … [Read more...] about Members’ Forum: Should you move to France without a word of French?
Etretat How could you not love Étretat in north-western France? This tourist hotspot combines excellent sea views and unusual rock formations - all you need for a memorable sunset photo. Indeed, the area was a drawcard for Monet back in the day. Fun fact: Famed French writer Guy de Maupassant grew up in Étretat. Rocamadour Photo: Shutterstock Rocamadour: Located in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, this isn't your typical sunset on the water. But who cares - it looks amazing in the late afternoon sun. Be sure to check out this area next time you're in south-western France, and don't forget to taste their one-of-a-kind goats cheese while you're there. Carcassonne Photo: Rob Glover/Flickr Carcassonne, featuring its fairy-tale Unesco heritage fortified city, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the south of France and for a good reason. The cobblestone city becomes even more breathtaking as the low sun hits it from the west, with the … [Read more...] about In Pictures: The best places in France to watch the sun go down