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LIVING

How to Deal with Your First French Strike

It's a cold, rainy morning in Paris in early October, a fine day for the first strike of the new school year. Welcome to France. Despite the fact that there's a new socialist president who's actually planning on hiring 60,000 new fonctionnaires in the next year (and the fact that France already has the biggest […] Continue

WORKING

9 Important Things Your Convention Collective Will Tell You

No matter where you work in France, there's probably a convention collective that applies to your job. And knowing which convention collective applies to you is important, because it will affect almost every aspect of your job until you leave the company. Here are 9 important things that you should know that you can find […] Continue

TRAVEL

Weekend Trips: Verdun Battle Site and Cemetery

If you're interested in European history, you may want to visit Verdun in La Meuse, the site of one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War 1 and the impressive cemetery nearby. Only about 3 hours from Paris by train (change from the TGV to the local train in Metz or Meuse), Verdun […] Continue

BUREAUCRACY

4 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Your Doctor’s Visit in France

If you're a student in a French university or working in France, you're automatically enrolled in the French national social security system, and you have health care coverage. And best of all, it's all part of Obama's Communist Muslim plot to take over the world. Congratulations! Going to the doctor in France is not an […] Continue

EDUCATION

Do I have to take the TCF?

If you want to enroll in a master's program in a French university, you have to have at least a B2 level of French, or an intermediate level on the European scale. If you've taken any coursework in French and done relatively well, and if you can have basic conversations and express simple ideas in […] Continue

LEISURE

30 Free Things to Do in Paris in April

Spring is upon us, and the weather in Paris will hopefully be warming up in the coming weeks. That means that the city will start buzzing again with lots of free things to do, both inside and out. Here's our list of 30 free things to do in April in Paris: Learn how to make […] Continue

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