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paxhen replied to the thread Long Term rentals? on the France forum:
Exntrik initially posted:
Will ne moving to Paris 08/14. We are looking for a long term rental about 30 mins outside Paris. 2/3 bedroom, garden/ Looking for vintage look with some modern stuff. Websites, friends or experience appreciated. Thanks. Mark.
paxhen replied on July 29, 2014 with:
There is a great site too We used it to find our place in Asnières sur Seine, 7 min from Paris Saint Lazare and La Défense. An old Haussmannian building, the typical Parisian apartment . Great site, used by most French people in addition to It has similar features too
Lekitanin replied on December 12, 2013 with:
I envy you! What do you consider a "long term" rental? The site I use quite often is You can set up your requirements, wishes, etc and if there is a match you will receive updates from them. There are also few other good web sites but I do not have their addresses handy at this moment. If you wish send me a PM and I will give you some clues and also recommendations regarding "good" banlieus in Ile-de-France. Almost all landlords are asking for some verifiable references and security deposit. For rentals up to three months you can check
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cj222 posted ex pat health insurance on the France forum on July 28, 2014:
what company offers the best rates for retired people?
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Samuel2 posted Water filter on the France forum on July 28, 2014:
The tap water here gets some getting used to. I am looking for a filter to filter tap-water so that it becomes more drinkable. Does anyone have a hot tip? Where to buy?
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Samuel2 replied to the thread Please can someone help on taxes on the France forum:
gladis initially posted:
I'm thinking of moving to France from Britain with my boyfriend and buying a rural property that we will run through solar and wind power, and have our own well with a septic tank. As we would be living off what we grow and because we would be living in a very small community we would be bartering for food with skills and produce, so no income, could someone advice us on an estimate cost it would cost us annually in taxes to live rurally in Morvan, Burgandy please.
Samuel2 replied on July 28, 2014 with:
I am wondering how you would plan on controbuting to the community in which you will be living ang benediting from, if you are not paying French taxes.
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CLP replied to the thread Where to locate in France? Help!!! on the France forum on July 24, 2014:
AnAmericanCliche initially posted:
I am mid- fifties, speak very little French but am learning. I bike, hike & love to explore. But love the big city life, as well. I am looking to move to France in 2015. I prefer rich French culture, architecture, but would like expat support too. Not a beach person & prefer moderate temperatures to heat. Suggestions?
CLP replied on July 24, 2014 with:
Haute Savoie (Annecy area) sounds good for climate and the activities you like but you DO NEED TO SPEAK FRENCH HERE and the people are much colder than other regions of France. Lyon is only about 1 hour and 20 minutes and Geneva is only 30 minutes but it is expensive. Lyon may be a good option since you like the city and there is a lot of transportation you can take to explore France from there and you can get by with basic French. The south of France is nice, but it may be too hot for you and you may get bored since you it is mainly beaches. Another option is the Lille region. It's beautiful and people are much more open and friendly. Good luck! :)
Lindesu replied on July 19, 2014 with:
Where have you visited in the past and what was your opinion of each French area? Depending on you situation expenses may be a big factor. MUCH more costly to live in Paris or Provence. Langdouc in the south westt has much of the charm of Provence at half the price. Brittany and Normandy are more affordable. These areas also more likely to have English expats. If you have not traveled extensively in France, I would recommend a 3 -4 week road trip ( or a couple of 2 week trips) to explore the options.
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markantony posted Pet and house sitter looking for assignment in September on the France forum on July 20, 2014:
I am a philosophy student at Columbia University who is very interested in looking after your home and pets in September (dates flexible). I speak English, Russian, and a bit of French and seek somewhere quiet and relaxing to work on my poetry before enrolling at Oxford in October. I grew up with cats and dogs, so I am very comfortable around them. I also have experience gardening and maintaining my family’s country home. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you think we can work something out. Again, my dates within the month of September (I could even arrive at the very end of August and leave in the early days of October) are flexible. Thanks, Mark
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greengrass10 posted claiming VAT on purchases on the France forum on July 20, 2014:
Hello, Does anyone know if it's possible to claim our VAT on online purchases made on when we leave the country? We can usually claim and get back the VAT on purchases made in France if we stop by the VAT office at the airport. But does that apply to online purchases made in France as well? Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you.
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A Place In The Sun (Channel 4) is looking for a British expat couple living around Carcassonne to take part in an upcoming programme. The couple should be happy to appear on camera talking to our presenter about their experiences of moving and living abroad. If you are interested in taking part, please e-mail[at] with your contact details and a brief account of the motives for your move. Thank you!
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fly4fish2 posted Fractionals in France on the France forum:
Is anyone familiar with the process for purchase of fractional share interest in an apartment? We two seniors currently looking at (haven't yet visited) Halcyon Retreat (you can Google it) near Limoges, France. Have you purchased at Halcyon Retreat, or know of someone who has purchased?
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Hello, We are a French family with 3 children ( 8, 6 and 2 years) and we come near Cambridge to learn English, language and culture from 1st Sept. 2014 to 28 February 2015. We have a friend who lives there and we know well the school, but we try to exchange our house with a english family which would like to come to live 6 months in our house in the South of France, 30 miles in the South of Toulouse, in the campaign, to learn French! Our house has 4 rooms, a big terrace, a big garden and we have a wonderful view on Pyrenees. The school is 0.7 mile, in the village of "Le Fossat" (look on Google Map;-)) and is very nice (quite new 100 pupils). I can obviously help for the installation here and all the papers of registration at the school or the others... Then, we live at 1 hours of ski resorts, 1:30 of Méditerranée and 1:15 of Carcassonne (Ryanair - Stansted). You could contact me to my personnal e-mail : clac[@] (anti-spam) Excuse my english, Regards Christelle
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