Expatriate Community in France

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
There are 4.5 million expatriates.
Blogs For Expats
Expat blog
For Further Information
French entrée
Immigration Authority
Rights and procedures for foreigners in France
The Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-development
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Club of International Movers (only in french)

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Among the 50 cities in the world where the cost of living is highest, Paris is in 13th position.
Quality of Life
Among the 50 cities in the world where it is most pleasant to live, Paris and Lyon are respectively in 33rd and 36th position.
Sanitary Conditions
Among the 50 cities in the world where sanitary conditions are the best, Lyon is in 23rd position.
For Further Information
The Mercer Human Ressource Consulting list concerning quality of life and sanitary conditions
The Mercer Human Ressource Consulting list concerning the cost of living

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Studios are apartments with one main room. Some of them are let furnished.
Other apartments are called T (or F) with a separate kitchen, or T bis (or F bis) if the kitchen is not separate, followed by the number of rooms (kitchen excluded).
Normal Lease Term
3 years, renewable by tacit agreement. Notice of leaving is 3 months.
Rental Costs
A deposit (given back when you leave the apartment) equal to 2 months' rent is required. At the beginning of the rental period, a third party is often required to stand guarantor.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Going through a rental agency may be more convenient; but the fees are often sizeable (once or twice the monthly rent).
Renting directly from an individual is less expensive, but value for money often varies from one apartment to another.
Rental Agency Websites
Century 21
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Individual to individual
For sale or to rent
To buy-to rent
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Young workers hostel
For Further Information
The real estate magazine for expatriates

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School System

School Level
It breaks down into 5 levels of education: nursery school from age 3; elementary school from age 6 (for 5 years); secondary school (collège) (for 4 years); high school (lycée) leading to the baccalaureat (for 3 years); then higher education (for 2 to 8 years).
International Schools
For further information, consult:
- the list of schools with European sections or Oriental languages according to the regional education authority ;
- the list of schools by course chosen.
For Further Information
The Ministry of Education website
Studyabroad.com France

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The health system offers good quality care. It is accessible to everyone all over France. Health care personnel are very well trained and competent. Problems of levels of staffing sometimes arise according to region or medical establishment. .
International Hospitals
The American hospital in Paris


The British hospital at Levallois

Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Health System Insurance Body
Social Security
Health Ministry
The Ministry of Health

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