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Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion

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 100 cities in the world where the cost of living is highest, Paris is in 37th position (Mercer Consulting 2012).
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
Orpi
Fnaim
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
Yes
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Possible
Health System Insurance Body
Social Security
Health Ministry
The Ministry of Health

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
40,000 monuments to visit among which 10,000 châteaux, abbeys and manor houses, the landing beaches.....
Cultural
6,000 museums, 1,000 festivals.
Sculptures, paintings, theater, concerts, cinema, literature, etc.
Nature
Many protected natural parks. See also the French Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Religious
Lourdes, Chartres, Lisieux, Mont Saint-Michel
Thermal
Consult the balneology in France website
Beach
The Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel. 5,500 km of coastline in all.
Winter Sports
The Alps have some of the most pleasant (and most expensive) ski resorts in Europe, such as Chamonix. You can ski less expensively in the Pyrenees or the Massif Central.
Outdoor Activities
Rambling, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, rafting
Shopping
France is well-known for being the greatest destination in the world for shopping with regards to fashion ( the website of the French Federation of Haute Couture ), culinary specialties or wine ( The guide to French wines ), in small specialized boutiques or in the large department stores ( Galeries Lafayette, Printemps ), etc.
 
 
Tourism Organizations
Tourist offices
France Guide
Cultural Organizations
Ministry of Culture and Communication
For Further Information
The culture portal

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Extensive
Civil Liberty
1/7
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2011 report : 38/179
Evolution: 6 places up compared to 2010
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2011, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Extensive
Rule of Law
Guaranteed
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Extensive
Women's Condition
Despite of having equal status and freedom, women are paid 25% less than men.
For Further Information
The Country Report published by Freedom House
The 2006 world ranking on freedom of the Press by Reporters without Borders

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Religion

Degree of Freedom
Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution, and strict anti-defamation laws condemn attacks motivated by religion. A law of 2004 prohibits the wearing of ostentatious religious symbols at school.
Beliefs
Catholics 62%, Protestants 1%, Jews 1%, Muslims 6%, No religion 26%.
Role of Religion in Society
Slight

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