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Moving to France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 14, 2023

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to France for its rich culture, beautiful scenery, and excellent quality of life. Additionally, France is known for its excellent healthcare system, strong economy, and vibrant cities. People looking for a place to live in France can search online for rental properties, or contact a real estate agent for assistance. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in France are Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, and Nice.

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What do I need to know before moving to France?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to France, they said:

"So many beautiful areas in France - so many people spend months finding a house - stick to one area and search," replied a member in Eymet.

"Try to get an "in" with a local, or use the classifieds. You can stay cheaply in a hotel until you find a place, and you could easily come here and start looking in classifieds. It would be good to speak some French since the locals only know a few phrases, for the most part," commented one expat who made the move to Saint Raphael.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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