France

FranceThis section provides relevant information and links about France for those wishing to move there. In addition there are a number of blogs linked to which can provide first-hand experience in life in France as an expat.

France at a glance

Population: 65,312,249 (July 2011 est.)
Major cities – population: PARIS (capital) 10.41 million; Marseille-Aix-en-Provence 1.457 million; Lyon 1.456 million; Lille 1.028 million; Nice-Cannes 977,000 (2009)
Languages: French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
Time difference: UTC+1
Labour force – by occupation: agriculture: 3.8%
industry: 24.3%
services: 71.8% (2005)
Unemployment rate: 9.3% (2010 est.)
Currency: Euro
Internet users: 45.262 million

Governmental Information

Portail du Gouvernement – in French.

Driving

If you are driving in France (or the rest of the EU) you will need to be aware of the Road Safety regulations, which may be different to your own country.

Please also note that France recently introduced a new requirement to have breathalysers in your car. You can usually buy these on cross-channel ferries.

Recommended Blogs

A Mother In France
An insight into an English mother of 5’s experiences living in France

Le Petit Paris Guide
A guide to exploring Paris with kids under 12.