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French welfare

French welfare: Being poor is a full-time job in France


What happens if your move abroad goes terribly wrong and you have to turn to French welfare? Finnish expat Milla tackles the French welfare system and shares her battle stories of claiming French welfare benefits.

Paris Brussels

Paris vs. Brussels: a knockout?


City of Lights or chocolate? A Parisian trip gets Emily Miller thinking about its ties to, and fundamental differences from, her first European love of Brussels – but does Paris even compare?

Cost of living in Paris

How much does it cost to live in Paris for a sabbatical year?


Could you afford to move to Paris for a year? Ask Canadian expat Sarah Bancroft, who moved her family of four to Paris for a sabbatical year.

Dossier file

How to prepare the ultimate dossier file to tackle French bureaucracy


You'll have no hope tackling French bureaucracy without preparation, patience – and the ultimate dossier file. Paris-based expat Chloe Martin shares her tips on what documents to collect.

History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

18 beautiful French words that have no English equivalent


Everyone can find use for these beautiful French words, which perfectly explain those inexplicable emotions that no English word can't describe.

Learn French: Surviving the language learning curve

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Just arrived in France and struggling to learn French and speak French? Check out Expatica's tips on the language learning curve and how to learn French in France.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand


As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

How to celebrate the New Year in France

How to celebrate the New Year in France


Find out how to jump into celebrating the New Year in France and make your own French King cake to share with friends for Epiphany in France.

Culinary notes from France: 25 facts about French food

Culinary notes from France: 25 facts about French food


Expat food blogger Dominique Cachat shares 25 trivia French food facts to help you dive into the all-important French food culture.

French etiquette

A guide to French etiquette and manners


The French have some very formal rules about manners and etiquette. Avoid embarrassment with this guide to French etiquette and French manners.

Best places to live

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?


Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

Top restaurant in France

The French-expat food affair: British chef named 'best French village cafe'


A small cafe run by a British expat was named France's best village bistrot, on the heels of Marks & Spencer supermarket being named one of the best for takeaway food in Paris. Is this the start of France's expat-love food affair?

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

French beauty tips

French beauty: How to perfect the 'French look' and allure


French beauty revolves around optimising a woman's allure in an imperfect and seemingly effortless way. Find your French style with these French beauty secrets – from Parisian locals.

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