Utilities & Services

Opening a French bank account is an essential part of the process for people who are moving to France or buying a French property, so how do you find the right one for you?

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What should you look for to find a reliable plumber in France? Pete O’Grady discusses checking artisan credentials

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When moving to France, discovering what is happening on both a local and national level can be key to settling in and will also help improve your French

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With a little thought and some lifestyle tweaks, almost everyone can trim their outgoings and make life in France a little bit financially easier

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Don’t know your CPAM from your CDD? Here are some of the most common acronyms and initialisms you’ll come across in France and what they mean

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The country’s wide-ranging anti-waste law involves some ambitious targets

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The next round of French local elections takes place in March 2020, with the county and regional elections following in 2021, and finally the next presidential and legislative elections in 2022

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Billions of euros are being invested in improvements to the French telecoms industry but what does it mean in terms of your internet connection at home in France?

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What are the practicalities of doing the supermarket shop in France? Read on for the stores you’ll see across the country, the prices you can expect to pay and what you will and won’t find in the aisles

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Whether you are looking for a way to keep active, get involved in your community in France and meet new people, or whether there is a cause that means a lot to you, here is how you can give back in France

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Whether you are shopping for food or household products or trying to dispose of old items, we look at eco-friendly options in France

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Starting your new life in France will involve a certain amount of paperwork and it’s important to make sure that your name appears correctly on all of your documents – and that changes are made if not. These are some of the the things you should check

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A study has calculated how much money you would need to save to cover day-to-day living expenses for the first three months in 10 French cities. Paris is the most expensive – but it’s cheaper than London

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Mary Hall presents a basic guide to setting up house insurance, bank account and electricity, water and mains gas services for your new French property

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Expats in France

Long gone are the days when the French post office was just used for posting letters and packages. It now offers a diverse range of services from banking and food delivery to taking your written driving test

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Thousands of people in France are signing up to a Rien de Neuf (nothing new) challenge, which involves trying not to buy any new products and instead re-using and exchanging items and buying second-hand. So, what are the alternatives to buying new in France?

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If you live in France and still have a British driving licence, should you apply for a French licence before Brexit? Here’s what you need to know

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Driving in France

France has historically been on the leading edge of eco-friendly projects and regulations. While many argue that much more needs to be done to meet environmental goals in France and globally, here are 11 ways that French government, companies and people are striving to be green.

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France has helped launch a satellite to study the effects of global warming; but how do French attitudes towards climate change compare to those of other Europeans?

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With a little thought and some careful planning, you can stretch your budget and make sure you don’t waste a single penny. Here are 9 ways to save money in your French home and have more to spend on enjoying life in France

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