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An Expat Talks about Living in Fontainebleau, France

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

Fontainebleau

How long have you lived there?

4 years

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

Take a cooking class. You will not only meet people, you will learn how to use local products and become more deeply involved in your host culture.

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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.

Diverse, yes. Accepting, to a point. There is a definite hard core local community that does not allow outsiders to join but at the same time, there is a large international community that is very friendly and welcoming.

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

We have INSEAD, a top ranked Business University that teaches in English as our largest employer. There is also a Siemens plant and a Corning plant. It is also a top site in tourist trade with a large historic chateau that attracts many plus a respected forest preserve that attracts hikers and alpinists.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Family is #1, then comes sports. Work is something you do to support your family and so that you are able to spend time with them pursuing your leisure activities.

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

It is a great place to live.

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