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RubyTooz replied to the thread Moving to France on the France forum:
skip2483 initially posted:
I'm a 59 year old retired male looking at the possibilities on retiring in France. I've done some research and it seems the suggestion is to settle in Paris or the Languedoc region. I don't know if that is correct, but I'm open to any tips about making the transition. I'm single, on a fixed income (about $3000 per month).
RubyTooz replied most recently with:
Very true! and it seems that each French consulate in the US does things a little differently, so definitely query the people who you'll eventually be dealing with. It doesn't hurt to look for complementary information on your own, but you should confirm it with the officials whenever possible.
xantippe replied most recently with:
Rather than ask people who don't really know the answer ask your nearest French consul. They have the most up to date information. I expect each case is different, so a generic answer could set you on the wrong path. You won't want to do that ,easier to get the right information first and get every scrap of paperwork they want. Every mistake could set you back months.
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itstime commented on the Expat Report Living in Moulins, France
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
- join the English Club, or if there is none, create one (the city hall will advertise it and provide a room to meet). I joined one and it's been great; half the people are native English speakers--so you feel at home--half are French--so you branch out and make friends with French people. Many French people are eager to join to practice and improve their English. The club organises activities, visits to restaurants, castles, etc. People in it are well travelled and cosmoplitan, many have lived in foreign countries before. (Continue)
itstime replied most recently with:
Would like to know a little more about Moulins if you don't mind. How is cost of living there? Housing, a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment, can you live on a SS check? Obviously that depends on how much but can you live there for $1500 a month. Would love to hear about the winters, how close are you to snow/skiing. Are the summers hot or mild? Are there supermarkets stocked with the normal things we have in the US? Are there inside shopping mall away from the elements, cafes and restaurants in the medium range? Good health care providers (doctors and hospital in case of serious emergencies). It sounds like a nice place and would love to hear from you. Thanks in advance.
RebeccaLael replied recently with:
I live in Moulins and would LOVE to join this English Club, I live in the countryside and it has been so difficult to find and build a community. Please give me more information!
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RubyTooz replied to the thread permanent visa for retiree on the France forum:
itstime initially posted:
What is the minimum fixed income requirement to get a visa to retire in France. I know Paris is very expensive, have been there a few times and that is not possible for me but I have read there are places or cities one can live well for less than $ 1500 a month. Is that true or bologna. It does not sound right to me.
RubyTooz replied most recently with:
France requires that you show sufficient funds to cover your planned stay, which is considered to be 56.20€/day. This is equivalent to the guaranteed minimum wage (SMIC) in France. Hope this helps. I answered your question about how much you need to live well on another thread, but don't hesitate to reach out if you that didn't cover it. Dennelle
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itstime posted strasbourg on the France forum:
Does anybody have long term experience living in Strasbourg as far as renting and expenses to live. Seems like a vibrant nice city to live?
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Deshima posted Vivre et de travailler on the France forum:
Je veux vivre et travailler dans la région de Marseille et de Nice. Qui pourrait me donner une direction. Je dois une préférence pour Roquebrune et ses environs.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Ecole Montessori Bilingue Saint-Cloud in Paris, France
Review-of-Ecole Montessori Bilingue Saint-Cloud
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
If your kid is a non French speaker is a big NO. No timetable for administration stuff, the husband of the headmistress does sometimes the job. By other hand, to enrol your kid, you only need to give the name of your child and transfer the money, quick and no paper work involved. (Continue)
Gwenn replied most recently with:
Wow, thanks for the heads-up. I now know that just because a school puts 'Montessori' in its name, doesn't mean it really is a Montessori school. What a world.
A reader replied recently with:
I agree, and I will add that this report is very soft for what my kid and I went through because of this school. She lost the year in all levels including learning French. Only the English teacher speaks English, no one else in the hole school! You can call it anything except "school" sorry, but it was a horrible experience indeed.
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Gwenn commented on the Expat Report Review of The American School of Paris in St Cloud, France
Review-of-The American School of Paris
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are nice. They are planning a major renovation and expansion in the near future. There are some after school activities for students in grade 2 and higher, but they are very expensive. Sports are available for the higher grades. (Continue)
Gwenn replied most recently with:
Thank you for telling it like it is. We will avoid this school. We are rather disappointed with the quality of French schools in general, and were looking at international schools, hoping that a school e.g. with 'American' in its name would be a good option. However, schools are putting all sorts of things in their names to attract parents and their money, and the only way to weed them out is to dig for information like this.
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xantippe replied to the thread Seeking Legal Residence with a Felony on the France forum:
dracorn initially posted:
I'm close to retirement age and I'm considering retiring overseas, particularly in France. When I read the procedures for requesting a visa, it mentioned about declining the request if I have a felony. I'm very embarrassed about it, but it happened almost 15 years ago (B&E w/destruction of property) with a former girlfriend. I paid for damages and probation which is all complete. Is the anyway to get around it and eventually obtain legal residence.
xantippe replied most recently with:
Could you perhaps petition the court to have it expunged from the record as you have paid the damages and I assume any fine? I suppose that depends on the Court system in your State. Although as America has the same rule where they will not issue a visa to someone with a felony it might not work. The Embassy is your best bet.
Lekitanin replied most recently with:
I would suggest to get in touch with the nearest French Consulate General to get reliable and up to date information regarding their requirements for obtaining the permanent residency. If you live in the States there are 10 French Consulates to choose from. Here is the link:
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