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LIVING

10 Rules of the Road to Know for Driving in France

If you plan on driving while you're living in France, you may want to be careful when you first get on the road. While French drivers drive on the right, like North American drivers, the similarities practically end there. Here are ten things you should know about driving in France before taking the wheel: In […] Continue

WORKING

Which convention collective applies to your job in France?

If you're thinking about getting a job in France in any field, one of the first things you should look at is the convention collective that applies to your new position. A convention collective is basically a collective bargaining agreement between the professionals in your area of work. Different conventions collectives apply to different areas […] 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

3 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Medical Care in France

In France, Sécurité Sociale is a national, government entity that regulates medical costs and covers the cost of healthcare for the vast majority of French residents. In fact, the French constitution ensures healthcare for all, and a 1993 Conseil Constitutionnel (the French equivalent of the Supreme Court) decision indicates that foreigners residing in France are […] Continue

EDUCATION

How do I find a Test Center for the TCF, DELF, or DALF?

If you want to study independently in a French university, you’ll need to provide proof that your level of French is sufficient for being able to succeed as a student. For most universities, this means providing proof that you have at least a B2 level of French on the European Common Language Frameworks, a standardized […] Continue

LEISURE

What to Do During Your Free Time as an Assistant in France

Do you always do whatever it takes to stay busy?  Yet, whenever you have time on your hands, you get bored?   When boredom sets in, you feel like your very existence is futile, and, much like in the Myth of Sisyphus, you roll your own stone endlessly.  Maybe you’ve already decided to go to […] Continue

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