If you currently live in the UK, have
decided it’s time to go for it and move to France it’s actually not as
complicated as you might think. Although the UK is not a full member of the
European Union it does benefit from some of the laws that are in place. This
means you won’t have to get a visa so you can live in France, you are actually
considered a member of the EU (as your passport states) and this means you can move
freely within the State.
So that’s one little problem dealt with,
the next is the language. There are French people who speak English and there
are also English ex-pat communities. If you really want to get the best out of
your new life in France you should get some French under your belt. This does
scare quite a few people but French isn’t that hard to master. To start with
you can learn just enough so you can manage in shops and restaurants.
It would also be a good idea to get some
phrases that will help you at the doctors or hairdressers. Of course, if you
have the money you can employ a teacher once you arrive in France and they will
either teach you in class or visit you at your home.
Thinking About It?
It could be that you are still at the stage
where you’re thinking about moving to France. If this is the case, you need to
make sure you research the area you’re interested in properly. If you have
children you should make sure there are schools nearby. You will also have to
make sure you can get to the doctors or a hospital easily enough if needed.
I cannot stress enough how important it is
that you visit the area you want to live as much as you can before making any
decisions. It’s not all about climate it’s about your quality of life as well.
This is so important especially where children are concerned. Depending on how
old they are will depend on how quickly they will adjust and you really should
talk to them about your decision.
If you don’t plan to work when you move to
France make sure you have enough money to support you and your family. There
isn’t much help in terms of state hand-outs in France so bear this in mind. If
you do plan to work once you have moved, check the state tax system. It works
quite differently in the UK and tax is actually much higher.
Another tip whilst we’re on the subject of
finances is your bank account. In the UK it’s much easier to get an overdraft
than it is in France and the interest rates are pretty high. Whilst UK banks
will often let you go overdrawn without prior permission French banks are
unlikely to do this. They take a very dim view of people going into debt, and
with good reason.
France is a marvellous country and you can live
your days there in peace and tranquillity, just make sure you do your research
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