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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

Stay in France After Finishing Your Degree with an Authorisation Provisoire du Séjour

If you’re working on a master’s degree in France and would like the opportunity to stay in France and work upon obtaining your diploma, you can be eligible to apply for an “Authorisation Provisoire de Séjour” to enable you to search for a job once your program ends. The Authorisation Provisoire de Séjour, or APS, […] 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

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What to Expect from Your OFII Medical Visit in France

A few months after you arrive in France, you'll get a letter from the Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration, or OFII, making an appointment for you to come in for your OFII medical visit. Once you get this letter, stating the date and time for your medical visit, clear your calendar for that […] Continue

EDUCATION

Warning: Make sure you meet the student visa requirements for France

Whether you're coming to France for a semester in an American program, or coming independently for a year or more, you'll need to get a long stay visa at your local French consulate several weeks before you leave. Visa appointments at all consulates must be made online several weeks in advance, meaning you should plan ahead. The visa […] Continue

LEISURE

4 Free and Pas Cher Activities for a Rainy Day in Paris

Winter in Paris is mostly rainy and cold, and it's going to stay lousy for at least a few more months. With tons of tourists in town for the holidays, the old fallbacks like the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay are hardly solutions: you'll spend more of your time waiting in line  than in the […] Continue

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