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French welfare

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

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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?

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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?

Learn French: Surviving the language learning curve

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

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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

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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.

A guide to French etiquette and manners

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

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

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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?

The French dress code

The French dress code

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All you need to know about the French dress code: never wear shorts and leave the sweatpants where they belong – at home.

Angry French

How to annoy the French

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If you really want to annoy the French just mention you're a vegetarian or practise your poor French with them, says French native Morgane Croissant.

French gift ideas

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

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Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

Funny French laws

11 unbelievable French laws that exist today

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Did you know serving ketchup at schools – the 'incarnation of Americanism' – is banned, as is calling a pig Napoleon. Find out more weird, strange and funny French laws that exist today.

Turning Parisian: You know you're turning Parisian when you use English words like French words

Turning Parisian: How to use Anglicisms like the French

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Can the Académie Française save the French language from English words? At least they can create Anglicisms and claim the words as their own.

French education

The French way to educate that everyone should learn

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There's little room for coddling and praise in French education yet children aim for academic achievement and behave – is the secret the French way to educate?

Life in Paris

The truth about Paris no one tells you

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Paris is known more for being the most romantic city in the world than for its urine-scented streets and dog-eat-dog metro system.

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

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If you're aged 18–28, have your say in ThinkYoung's survey for your chance to win an iPad mini or a Spotify Premium three-months voucher!



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