Living in France as an expat has taught me how beautiful other people’s culture could be.
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What is it like to live in the City of light? How does one make friends in Paris? Give us your email address and we'll send you some tips!
Living in France as an expat has taught me how beautiful other people’s culture could be.
Ever wonder why French is mostly considered the best practical language worldwide?
According to current statistics by the L’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), there are 274 million French speakers in the world.
This makes French the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 2nd most learned foreign one.
These statistics come from a 2014 analysis which discussed French’s progress since 2010.
The stats stated that “the lack of linguistic diversity encourages uniformity in the way we perceive and think the world” and the OIF is trying to keep French and multilingualism alive within international organizations.
Due to the population growth, the OIF estimates that the number of French speakers will increase to over 700 million by 2050, 80% of whom will be in Africa.
This would increase the proportion of French speakers in the world population from 3% to 8%.
However, to continue to progress, many more French teachers will be needed in Africa, else the feasibility of 700 million francophones by 2050 seems unlikely.
French is one of the five official languages of the United Nations. French claims the spot of the 3rd most important global business language, after English and Chinese, and the 2nd business language of the European zone after English (but still ahead of German, Russian, Italian and Spanish).
The French language also accounts for 5% of Internet pages, ranking between sixth and eighth of the languages most widely used on the Internet.
Money transfer service is no longer a new concept here in Europe.
In fact, I’ve been told most Brits (just an example) prefer using reliable money transfer agencies to send money abroad to using banks.
Known as the ‘The city of lights’ (La Ville Lumiere), ‘the city of Romance’, ‘the culinary capital of the world’, Paris is one of the most amazing places you will ever visit.
Commuting from one place to another in Paris can be a frustrating and inefficient experience. Standing on the metro platform or waiting for a bus can get boring coupled with a tiring day at work. But it does not have to be, there are many ways in which you can make your Parisian commute more productive.
“It’s in forging that one becomes a blacksmith”.
If you were to translate that sentence in French it’d go like: “ c’est en forgeant que l’on devient forgeron”
True Parisians take time every year to attend at least one of the following social and cultural events.
Do you live in Paris?
Words of my african ancestors are full of wisdom.
In Africa, a child learns and gets wisdom about life by frequently sitting beside older people.
At Expats Paris, we’ve been working on making transparency a new goal for us to win over our community and the general public. We’re open about apps we use to manage our business, we identified our ego-related risks, but we’ve also written about other expatriate communities that may be considered as our “competitors.”
Here are the main innovations that have been introduced in Paris and entire France on January 1, 2017, such as, for example, caregiving leave, no-fault divorce, air quality certificate, or the end of plastic bags in the Parisian food markets.
I read somewhere online that the definition of hell could be summarized in the following quote:
“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” — Anonymous
The Parisian suburb of Saint-Cloud not only houses the first American school in France, it also houses the first international school in Europe.
This prestigious school enrolls pupils from all over the world with the aim not only to prepare them for some of the best universities in the world, but also to ensure that their education process is structured and disciplined with a sense of Parisian flair.
Whаt іѕ Emрlоуmеnt Lаw?
Emрlоуmеnt law іn Frаnсе governs thе rіghtѕ аnd dutіеѕ between еmрlоуеrѕ аnd еmрlоуее. Alѕо referred tо as Frаnсе lаbоr lаw, Frаnсе rulеѕ аrе рrіmаrіlу dеѕіgnеd to kеер еmрlоуее ѕаfе аnd mаkе ѕurе thеу аrе trеаtеd fаіrlу, lаwѕ аrе аlѕо іn рlасе tо рrоtесt еmрlоуеrѕ’ іntеrеѕtѕ аѕ wеll. France еmрlоуmеnt lаwѕ аrе bаѕеd оn gеnеrаl constitutions, lеgіѕlаtіоn, аdmіnіѕtrаtіvе rules, and аѕ wеll аѕ соurt оріnіоnѕ.
Moving to Paris is probably the biggest decision I have ever had to make. It was both fun and life-changing at the same time.
I could barely catch a wink of sleep the night before my flight as I anticipated what was in store for me in the world’s most revered city.
The City of Light.
I finally realized that if you want to become a mature person you need to kill this part of yourself known as ‘EGO’.
I know, I was born without an ego or identity.
I slowly developed one and it latched onto every part of my life – status in life, ideals, belief, etc.
As an expat, you’ve probably come across many organizations that cater to the specific needs of people living abroad. Many provide unique services that make them stand out, but at heart, they offer basically the same thing: how-to’s, guides, meeting places for fellow expats, and so forth. In this article, I’d like to compare Angloinfo and InterNations to investigate their similarities and differences.
France usually undergoes a transformation throughout the festive season. The city of Paris, for instance, and its most beautiful monuments are illuminated, Christmas decorations adorn the streets, and department store windows are all filled with animated displays. Markets, Nativity scenes, open-air ice rinks, merry-go-rounds and a host of other activities and events take over the city of lights, offering fun for all. Parisians and visitors are the ones that keep the festive spirit alive all the way into the New Year, with special events for an unforgettable and cautious holiday season. Check out our top 10 French Christmas Stories, Facts and Events you should know even as you celebrate in 2016.
You’ve read articles about expat communities—large and small—and how they grew from obscurity to worldwide renown. A majority of these groups serve expats worldwide.
In this piece, we thought we’d share with you a little bit about an expat magazine that you’ve probably seen around town outside various shops, or even read online.
After sharing our Social Media Marketing strategy for (almost) free, I’m thrilled to announce that we’re now planning to share our Event Marketing strategy and it’s going to be (almost) free as well.
Note: This post is a sneak peek of the French Employment Law eGuide we’ve just published and are sharing for with anyone interested in applying for a job offer or just to updating their knowledge in the French Employment.
Finding employment, whether in your home country or elsewhere, can be a challenge.
Availability depends on the state of the economy, the rate of unemployment and jobs in the system, and it can seem as though there are hundreds of applicants for just one position, no matter the pay grade.
Note: This post is a sneak peek of the International & Bilingual Schools in Paris and Ile-De-France eGuide we’ve just published and are sharing for Free with anyone interested in applying for a suitable educational institution for their children.
Note: This post is a sneak peek of a French Visa eGuide we’ve just published and are sharing for with anyone interested in applying for their first French Visa or renewing it.
We all have our own definition of the word “strange” or “weird.”
For one person, it could be cycling nude on a bike trail in the mountains in the middle of winter while singing at the top of your lungs—to keep warm, of course.
Another may be a roommate who likes toast, ketchup, banana and cinnamon sandwiches. When it comes to acclimating in a foreign country, the meaning of “strange” can take on even more nuances, especially if you don’t speak the language of your adopted homeland.
France has always been attractive to immigrants. In 2008, the INSEE estimated that 5.3 million foreign-born residents and 6.5 million of their descendants (French-born of at least one immigrant parent) lived in France, for a total of 11.8 million, which was 19% of the total population in metropolitan France – 62.1 million at the time. These numbers included roughly 5.5 million of European origin, 4 million of Maghrebi origin, 1 million of Sub-Saharan African origin and 400,000 of Turkish origin. In 2010, 27.3% of the 802,000 newborns in metropolitan France had at least one foreign-born parent. In 2012, 229,000 foreigners arrived in the country.
For some intrepid souls, moving to a foreign country, even for a few months, is like a walk in the park. It’s a wonderful adventure and nothing fazes them. Everything falls into place perfectly, and nothing goes wrong. Or, if it does, it’s just a blip on the horizon and they take it in stride.
There’s a blog for just about anything, it seems.
When it comes to Paris, the same applies.
Longtime residents in this enchanting city and Francophiles alike share their love for everything French, as well as the experiences they’ve had while living here.
Below are some of the blogs and websites we love, and are sure you will, too.
Leaving your hometown and all that’s familiar is hard enough. But moving to another country? That’s a whole different ballgame. There’s the airport, the flirtatious taxi driver, and the slightly giddy feeling that you’re in over your head and maybe you’re not quite cut out for your new adventure. Adjusting might take a long time, or just a few minutes, depending on how much wine you need to drink as fortification. It’s a new culture and language, and you may wonder, “How will I survive here?”
If you’ve ever been robbed, you’ll probably understand what it feels like to be hacked.
It’s as though you’ve been violated, and even if you recover the things that were stolen, you’ll always remember the experience.
This was how we felt here, at Expats Paris, when our website (yes, this exact website you’re on) was attacked late April this year. We were victims of a hacking operation against our entire system.
A new edition of a ground-breaking guidebook to Paris has just been published. “Only in Paris” by writer and explorer Duncan JD Smith tells the story of the city through an original and eclectic mix of unusual locations.
Eccentric museums, covered passageways, secret gardens, idiosyncratic shops and unexpected places of worship. Everything that is unique, hidden and unusual in Paris.
France has a very diverse immigrant population. According to the Institut National de la statistique et des etudes economiques (Insee) at least 200,000 immigrants arrive in France every year. Of the 802,000 newborns in metropolitan France in 2010, a little over 13.3% had one non-French parent and 6.6% had two non-French parents.
French men are as addicted to fashion as their female counterparts.
Check out all the fantastic male designers that France has produced over the years: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin, to name a few.
Even imports such as Karl Lagerfeld have made their mark on the scene.
Men in France take the way they look very seriously. They have an eye for quality, longevity and minimal fuss.
Bienvenue! You’ve arrived in Paris and you’re ready to have an adventure.
As you walk down the street, you’re in awe of the city and all it has to offer.
All around you, people are either on their phones, shopping, or rushing off to somewhere important.
It all seems terribly romantic and daunting, at the same time.
Not everyone experiences the joy and euphoria of being in Paris. For some, the culture shock is greater than others, and it’s hard to adjust to something that may be vastly different from back home. If this is your first time in a foreign country (like a friend I met recently - the person who inspired me to come up with this post, by the way), it can be difficult to come to terms with the sights and sounds around you, and you may feel overwhelmed. It could be similar to someone moving from an outlying area into a big city for the first time. Everything seems to be too loud, too fast, too confusing and frantic. Still it’s not all bad. You just need to give yourself time to adjust, or learn to slough it off and walk on, as the French do.
A few days before we got hacked, we had written a few extensive guides about The French Income Tax, The French Healthcare and the must-know Things about Rentals in Paris. This time, I’m excited to welcome you on board for yet another epic journey into the land of Bureaucracy. This time we’ll be talking about the Pôle Emploi; the French governmental agency that registers unemployed people (expats included), helps them find jobs and provides them with financial aid.
I know, I know, thinking about taxes gives us all heartburn. In fact, you’re probably having palpitations just thinking about filing them (the way I felt while researching, writing this guide and when I received my recent tax notice). In a foreign country. In another language. Still, it must be done, and now that you’re here and you’ve delved into the fun stuff in Paris, it’s time to learn how to pay your taxes.
I know, I know, thinking about taxes gives you heartburn. In fact, you’re probably having palpitations just thinking about filing them. In a foreign country. In another language. Still, it must be done, and now that you’re here and you’ve delved into the fun stuff in Paris, it’s time to learn how to pay your taxes.
Please note: This French Income Tax guide is published for informational purposes only. Contact a consultant or visit your nearest agency in your arrondissement for detailed help with filing your taxes.
Here I was, bright-eyed and excited to be in Paris. In awe of this extraordinary city, I was soon drawn into the local culture. Not a bad thing, since Paris was to be my new home. But I still needed to find a home. And therein lay the problem. I’d spent so much time making sure my papers were correct and finding my way around town, that I neglected to research fully what was needed to convince a landlord to take a chance on me as a tenant. I assumed it would be easy to find a place and settle down. But I was so wrong. Here are some of the things I wish I’d learned beforehand.
You’ve heard the songs, seen the movies and drooled over the Eiffel Tower. Now you're an expat, you’re in Paris and anxious to be “one of them.” Perhaps you envision a Parisian as someone who sits in a café with a demi-tasse, a baguette and a small plate of cheese. Will there be wine, afterward? You wouldn’t be too far off the mark, but let’s take away the fairytale and look at the things consumed by the everyday Paris dweller.
Her journey as a hairstylist started as a 6-year-old tomboy growing up in a household of three brothers. Although she was against anything girly at this age, she would accompany her mother to the hair salon and sit in awe as she watched the stylist entwine hair between their fingers as they curled, cut, coloured, and created styles that seemed to defy gravity. She would dash home and spend hours recreating looks on dolls while begging my mother to let her live out her inspirations on her long tresses, and as the years went by, her passion for hair only grew.
There are many wonderful things that could be said about residing here, but one thing that may be challenging is navigating the healthcare system. Depending on where you’re originally from, you might not be used to the level of bureaucracy that exists in this country, but it is possible to make it through, I promise! You simply need to arm yourself with information. Lots of it.
And coffee. Perhaps an apéritif…
Ever wondered what it would cost to live in Paris these days ? As residents, we have experienced this first hand. In order to come up with the figures below, we looked into different aspects of life here, including Paris grocery chains and malls; music and movie sites; various transportation modes; State information for insurance; available online cost of living data; and the findings of other expats who’ve also lived here for an extended period of time. Basically, We analyzed a large amount of Data, combined it with our daily-consumer experience and here's what we concluded was the real cost of living in Paris (from January to March 2016).
One of our strategies for reaching out to and engaging with the Parisian Expatriates' community has always been a social media-based one. So far, we’ve been successful in growing a large community on Twitter, facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest and currently working harder to grow it on other platforms like Tumblr, Linkedin, Instagram and many others.
Paris has so much to offer. It’s a cultural mecca, as well as a leader in the arts. But there is a wealth of information on just about anything, no matter where you go or what grabs your interest in the city. Educational opportunities (free and otherwise) practically permeate the cobblestones.
Why move to Paris, Why move to France, you ask? Well, pourquoi pas? After having lived here for many years, I’ve come up with some really good reasons to do so. Below are a mere handful of them. The list grows daily.
It’s December 2009, and winter has begun. I’ve arrived in Paris at long last, and la vie en rose is a beloved reality. I don’t even mind the cold. Okay, I do, but let me embellish, would you?
A permanent diplomatic mission is known as Embassy and the head of the operation is known as ambassador. Depending on the place and the mission, the embassy has different functions. There are a lot of things embassies or consulates in Paris or any other French city can do for you and many more things they cannot do for you. This blog post was inspired by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office's guide on the support for British Nationals abroad.
If you have just started working for a French employer, you may be a little confused when you receive your first salary slip. This is no simple pay slip and should really come with its own instruction manual. Here you’ll find some insight into those strange deductions and ambiguous terms.
Relocating to France can be a stressful enough experience, but starting a business can take this stress to a whole new level. It doesn’t have to be that way however. Once you’ve mastered the language, the tax system and other Country specific factors, starting a business in Paris is really no different to starting up anywhere else.
Paris is not only one of the most culturally diverse cities to live in, but is also increasingly becoming the center of economic and commercial activity in Europe. In the last decade alone, troves of new businesses and start-ups have popped up all over the city. Interestingly, people from outside France have moved into the city of Paris specifically, and the whole of France generally, to set up their businesses and commercial interests. The successes of most of such businesses have led to ever increasing numbers of entrepreneurs and businessmen alike to come and set up shop in Paris. Let’s get started:
An effective way to decrease costs is to reduce your expenses. There are many methods you can save your money and help prevent that "too much money at the end of the month" sensational. No matter how inexpensive we want to be, moving some cash. There is no way to prevent that, so to save for our relocation, we need to cut our expenses. Here are some simple and innovative ways foreign students can cut expenses, produce income, and get on the road sooner:
Expats looking for healthcare in France will no doubt benefit from the modern healthcare facilities available in this country. Considered one of the most medically advanced countries in the world, France is reputed for its revolutionary medical research. For example, in 2008, virologist Luc Montagnier won the Nobel prize for his research in isolating HIV, the disease that causes AIDS.
Fancy a ride on the love train? Here's a book for this Holidays Season! 'Loving an Alien' is a riveting collection of intimate interviews with brave women who crossed the cultural divide and loved to tell the tale. Vive la diversité!
Fоr mаnу еmрlоуеrѕ іn Frаnсе, thе kеу tо having a рrоduсtіvе аnd hіgh-реrfоrmіng wоrkfоrсе іѕ rесruіtіng thе rіght реорlе. It іѕ vеrу іmроrtаnt fоr еmрlоуеrѕ іn Frаnсе tо be аwаrе thаt еvеn bеfоrе аn еmрlоуее commences wоrk, thеrе аrе a numbеr оf lеgаl іѕѕuеѕ that аrіѕе іn the рrосеѕѕ of ѕееkіng, іntеrvіеwіng аnd ѕеlесtіng саndіdаtеѕ fоr a jоb роѕіtіоn.
Running is rapidly becoming a popular past time past time amongst Parisians, with attendance rates at local running clubs on the rise. However, for the uninitiated to the confusing streets of Paris, running through the city can quickly become an exercise in getting lost.
Picture the scene …
You’ve had the longest week at work – another in a long line of long work weeks.
Travelling from one office to another, leading meetings and actively participating in others.
Fancy a ride on the love train? Here's a book for your trip! 'Loving an Alien' is a riveting collection of intimate interviews with brave women who crossed the cultural divide and loved to tell the tale. Vive la diversité!
Here at Expats-Paris, we provide resources for our members to help the transition to living in France be as smooth as possible. But we’re not the only ones. In this article, we are going to look at another expat community that has been around for at least fifteen years and helped paved the way for others to follow.
As an expat, it’s always a relief to know you’re not alone in your new country. It was hard enough leaving home and all the planning you had to do to make things work. Now you’re here and it can be overwhelming finding friends, a place to live, a new job, and becoming acclimated to a new culture and way of doing things.
What is it like to register for an Exclusive Masters & PhD Event in Paris for Free and qualify to apply for $1.7 M scholarships ?
In the past, starting a business could almost break the bank.
Today, with the help of the internet and the plethora of resources available, anyone can have an online storefront in a few easy steps.
Lots of services are available either free or at a low cost to users, saving time and money.
You remember, don’t you?
That time you were trying to find a place to rent after you graduated from college, or moved to the nearby city after high school. Though you had grown up in the area, it was your first time doing this, and you were overwhelmed.
Right. You’ve decided to start a blog.
You have visions of writing articles for The Huffington Post at some point, but for the moment, you’re all set to create your own niche in the ever-expanding universe of bloggers.
And then, you find out it’s not as easy as it looks.
There’s so much variety in Paris.
As for where the live, the options are endless, though it depends on your personal preference, and most importantly, your budget.
Most postal codes—the last two digits—identify the arrondissements.
75003 would refer to an area in the third arrondissement, for example.
There are 20 of them arranged in a clockwise spiral, like a cinnamon roll or snail shell, if you will.
As a new arrival in Paris, you probably want to experience everything all at once, and I don’t blame you.
I was the same way, too, when I came here, and if I’m honest, I still am.
Paris has so much to offer and there’s always something new to explore.
It’s one of the reasons Expats Paris was formed: to become a resource of all things Paris and help expatriates meet each other and form partnerships.
We reach out to newcomers, longtime residents, visitors, multinational companies and the like to create relationships that benefit everyone.
You’ve probably been here long enough to fall in love with your new home, and now, you want to spread that love and open a small business.
Expats Paris can help you reach potential customers in the expat community, and many of our features are free.
Expats Paris is looking to hire an intern with good knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, including various social media platforms.
We are currently developing several products, establishing partnerships with influential Paris-based communities, and will soon be launching a communication campaign to promote these products.
When we started using social media at Expats Paris four years ago, we told ourselves that we had the right to make mistakes, to ask forgiveness rather than permission, and to always test everything.
Expats Paris is now on almost all major social media platforms and has an engaged community of followers and friends.
Now that you’re here in Paris, perhaps you’ve been inspired to become an entrepreneur. That’s wonderful! However, there are quite a few things to consider before you can begin the process. Make sure you do your research on regulations and requirements for your business, and be prepared for lots of paperwork. Also, if you’re not from a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), there are things you have to do before you can even pursue that wonderful new venture of yours.
TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, began as a conference in 1984 and is now a global platform that covers many topics in multiple languages. The nonprofit believes that ideas should be shared and spread, leading to energetic, vibrant conversation. These ideas are shared at events via talks, videos and other presentations, with the aim of fostering discussion to enable growth.
Paris has always been a home to tens of thousands of US citizens (around 15K currently). Having published a post on genuine reasons to move to Paris, we thought it may be interesting to deeply understand what brings people and Americans, in particular, to Paris. In this post we’ll try to profoundly analyze the American communities that you’d find in the city of Light.
You’re moving to France, right? Good.
I guess you have a lot of anticipation, apprehension, excitement or some of each.
Are you moving here for a “French Experience” ?
Are you following a partner? Is it for work, pleasure, studies or one of the twenty reasons we listed here?
It doesn’t really matter how you feel or why you’re moving to France because moving to this country brings a few challenges and a lot of opportunities.
Coco Chanel, the legendary French designer, said it best: “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” For many, French women—les Parisiennes in particular—seem to be shrouded in mystery, with an allure and self-possession that isn’t easy to emulate. It’s not that women the world over aren’t as wonderful or stylish as the lovely ladies in France, but they seem to do it with a flair all their own. Books have been written and studies done to try and capture in words that special...something that is innate in a French woman. How do they do it?
The world is celebrating the International Women's Day on March 8th and in Paris, we’re throwing a huge party to honor women all over the world and in particular, the Parisian women. You should check the event out and register. Also, don’t hesitate to share it with friends. Before this March 8th, we also thought about honoring ladies who are inspiring, paving the way and giving hope to many of Paris-based expatriates. We rounded up powerful profiles of the female community influencers and heroines who are helping women and men persevere and prosper in Paris. Whether their words and daily occupations inspire us or make us laugh, these women have got a profound impact, not only on expat lives, but also on the French people’s lives. Who are they?
I have to say, that I’ve never been much of a fan of boats.
I really dislike boats.
Scratch that again.
I downright despise boats of all kinds—ferries, canoes, cruises, kayaks, barges, rafts and yes, even those Parisian tourist transit vessels otherwise collectively known as "Batobus."
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