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Expat Advice: Living in Epinal, France

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An expat shares what it's like to live in the small town of Epinal, France.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Epinal

How long have you lived there?

4 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Epinal in Transition, Epinal CouchSurfing, English in Epinal (Facebook group).

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

As a small town with few expats & international visitors, there is not an overtly diverse culture, but there are various religious institutions, celebrations of other culture (like "American Night" in the summer), and an organization called "EST Solidarite" dedicated to solidarity with foreigners.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Wood, art, typical small-town businesses (bakers, restaurants, clothing & home goods stores). Several employment agencies provide plenty of opportunities to learn about jobs.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Check out nancy.OnVaSortir.com to find out about events that are planned by locals (and therefore not promoted by any public methods), and follow the city on Facebook to get updates about festivals and other happenings around town.

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