Advice for an Emigre in France

France and England have had a stormy relationship in recent centuries; however, like quarrelling brothers, we know how to make up! Nowadays we enjoy a particularly strong relationship, and cultural solidarity. However, differences still exist between the two nations; therefore moving to France can be a little complicated at times!

Perhaps the most pertinent difference that anyone moving to France will notice is that it is a culture that is pretty much obsessed with legislation; therefore purchasing a property over there can be a lot more difficult than it would be in the UK. This is confounded by the language barrier; therefore it might be a good idea to seek the aid of a translator – or better yet, learn the language! On a related point you should ensure you keep a copy of all of your paperwork, or anything that looks as though it might be important!

While there is a lot of cultural similarity between England and France, there is still bound to be a bit of a culture shock for anybody moving to France. For example, drinking habits are a little different in France, with alcohol being consumed mainly during meals. Of course encountering the idiosyncrasies of a new culture is one of the best things about relocating to a brand-new country; therefore you should take pleasure in getting involved in your new community, and sampling local fare etc.

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