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France is a country located in Western Europe. Clockwise from the north, France borders Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland to the east, Italy to the south-east and Spain to the south-west, across the Pyrenees mountain range (the small country of Andorra lies in between the two countries). The Mediterranean Sea lies to the south of France, with the Principality of Monaco forming a small enclave. To the west, France has a long Atlantic Ocean coastline, while to the north lies the English Channel, across which lies the last of France’s neighbours, England (part of the United Kingdom).

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The official site of the French Government Tourist Office.

www.roughguides.com/destinations/europe/france/

Explore France with Rough Guides: find out the best places to visit, when to go, view itineraries and read about chateaux, champagne, Paris and Provence.

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A guide to France with articles, photos, facts, videos, and news from National Geographic.

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France Travel Guide: photos, tourism, heritage, picturesque villages, traditions, gastronomy, landscapes, hotels.

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Plan your France vacation with the Frommer’s comprehensive France travel guide. The travel guide includes information about hotels, restaurants, attractions, …

Generalities

France has been the world’s most popular tourist destination for over twenty years (81.9 million in 2007) and it’s geographically one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy (particularly wines and cheeses), history, culture and fashion.

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A generality or generalty is a word used in Ancien Regime France and other European countries of that era to indicate the regime of central government (as …

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France was divided into 32 generalities (districts), in each of which in 1634 a royal intendant held a commission to perform specific tasks, often financial, but also …

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Provinces of France before 1791. … The généralités (generalities) and the intendances (intendancies) were financial divisions, mostly established in the …

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This book is an annotated bibliography of publications on the rural exodus in France and overseas departments. The citations are arranged in sections covering …

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Formalities

A lot of variety, but temperate winters and mild summers on most of the territory, and especially in Paris. Mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean and in the southwest (the latter has lots of rain in winter). Mild winters (with lots of rain) and cool summers in the northwest (Brittany). Cool to cold winters and hot summer along the German border (Alsace). Along the Rhône Valley, occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as the mistral. Cold winters with lots of the snow in the Mountainous regions: Alps, Pyrenees, Auvergne.

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All links recommended by inpat, the portal for expatriates Administrative rights and duties for foreigner living in France.

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All types of short stay Schengen visas to metropolitan France are issued by the embassy of the Netherlands in Ghana. The embassy of France …

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Information on customs formalities involved in moving to France. French customs documents available for download.

Visas

Letter of Invitation. If staying with friends or family, a letter of invitation from the host in France, can be used instead of the hotel reservation. The letter should be addressed to the Embassy of France, Visa Section and should state the relationship to the applicant, the dates of the visit, and the address and phone number where you will be staying.

www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/france/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/

All foreign nationals entering and staying on French territory must be in possession of a valid entry and stay visa, unless you are exempt from this requirement.

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French overseas “Départements” or territories · – Visa for the French overseas “Départements” (DOM) · – Visa for the French overseas territories (TOM) …

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For visas and any other administrative formalities related to travelling to France, please contact: 1. The Consulate of France in Johannesburg …

Work

If you are by law required to obtain a visa or other type of authorisation to work and fail to do so, you risk possible arrest, prosecution, expulsion and prohibition from reentering France and the Schengen area.

Citizens of EU and EEA countries (save from some Eastern European countries, for a temporary period) and Switzerland can work in France without having to secure a work permit. Most non-EU citizens will need a work permit – however, some non-EU citizens (such as Canadians, Croatians, New Zealanders etc) do not require a visa or work permit to work during their 90 day visa-free period of stay in France (see the ‘Get in’ section above for more information).

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Jobs in France – Search 1220448 jobs from 88446 agents and employers – All the English and foreign language job offers on one website. Jobs in France.

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Work in France, information on working holidays, volunteering opportunities abroad and study overseas – Lonely Planet.

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Workpermit.com guide to immigration to France, French work permits and work visas.

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Summer Jobs in France on The Season Workers Website – Advice and guidance from the Season Workers community on living and working seasons in France.

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Accommodation

Hotels come in 4 categories from 1 to 4 stars. This is the official rating given by the Ministry of Tourism, and it is posted at the entrance on a blue shield. Stars are awarded according to objective yet somewhat outdated administrative criteria (area of the reception hall, percentage of rooms with ensuite bathroom…).

Rates vary according to accommodation, location and sometimes high or low season or special events.

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Holiday cottages, villas in France, gites, chalets, farmhouses and apartments for rental France – French holiday accommodation, b&bs, gîtes de …

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ACCOMMODATIONS IN FRANCE French Tourist Office for France tourism & travel; Paris Provence Normandy Riviera Dordogne Champagne Bordeaux …

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Hotels in Provence, Champagne, Loire, and other destinations in France. Lowest price guarantee.

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France Accommodation: Find 1115799 traveler reviews and 270 candid photos for 17141 France Hotels on TripAdvisor.

Study

France, of course, is the best place to acquire, maintain and develop your French. A number of institutions offer a variety of courses for travellers.

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The surest way to make your plan to study in France a success is to let Campus France help you choose your program, look for financial assistance, and prepare …

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Study abroad in France with CEA in Aix-en-Provence, The French Alps, The French Riviera, or Paris. Study abroad for a summer, semester or year.

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France is one of the most world’s most popular study destinations, attracting 6.3% of the 4.1 million students studying abroad in 2010.

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Experience the best study abroad programs in France. International Studies Abroad is here to help you gain that experience.

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We are specialists for Academic Programmes in France, with highschool and homestay immersion. The 2 main goals of our programmes are to give a fantastic …

Health care

Tap water

Tap water (Eau du robinet) is drinkable, except in rare cases such as rural rest areas and sinks in train bathrooms, in which case it will be clearly signposted as Eau non potable. Eau potable is potable water. (You may, however, not like the taste which may be chlorinated, botteled water is common.)

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Your complete guide to health insurance in France and the French health care system. Start here and get your facts right about the French system.

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In the latest of our country guides, Peter Pallot examines health care options in France.

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Introduction. France has the largest land area in Europe, housing 64 million people as of January 2007. This ranked France as the 23rd most populous country …

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Read overviews of the health care systems of 15 countries—Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Italy, the …

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Has anybody noticed how similar the French and U.S. healthcare systems are?

Bank

The Europa series has benefited from advances in banknote technology since the first series was introduced over ten years ago. Its security features have been enhanced, which will help to make the banknotes even more secure. Three new features – the portrait watermark, portrait hologram and emerald number – have been unveiled today.

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Speeches by the Bank’s Authorities. Interview of Christian Noyer, Governor of the Banque de France Euroweek « France in the Capital Markets » – 25 February …

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EcoTV Week: French growth: more frightened than hurt? N. 36 days ago. 2013 : BNL Celebrates its Centennial. BNL, the Italian bank that has …

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France unveiled a long-promised overhaul of its banks to protect taxpayers from risky operations, but the Socialist government ran into …

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Banque de France – Central Bank of France. Banque d’Investissement et de Placements (filiale française de Robeco Groep) – A l’occasion du 40ème …

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Knowledge : Fransabank Group banking and finance legacy dates back to more than nine decades of excellence supported by its very responsible role in the…

Tax

Taxes in France are made up of taxes in the narrow meaning of the word, plus social security contributions. Most of the taxes are collected by the government and the local collectivities, while the social deductions are collected by the Social Security. There is a distinction to be made between taxes (impôts), which applies to production, importations, wealth and incomes, and social contributions (cotisations sociales), which are part of the total wage paid by an employer when he remunerates an employee. Taxes and contributions together are called in French prélèvements obligatoires (compulsory deductions).

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Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy boss Bernard Arnault applies for new nationality and moves shares but denies tax motives.

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Reports say Monica Belucci and Vincent Cassel may join the cast of French celebrities fleeing France. Former President Sarkozy is said to be …

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Information on shop in France: duty free shopping, french flea market, la valle shopping village opening hours.

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A guide to French taxes covering French income tax, French Wealth Tax, Capital Gains Tax, French Inheritance and Gifts Tax Rates. Updated January 2012 with …

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20864114

France’s Constitutional Council overturns a new top income tax rate of 75%, a key policy pledge of new Socialist President Francois Hollande.

Transports

Several weekends each year in France its Black Saturday (Samedi noir) because of the start or end of school holidays and the coinciding traffic jams on the French roads. When possible it is wise to avoid these black days. See for the actual forecast the website of the French traffic service

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Transport in France. Arriving and departing using public transportation in France such as busses, trains, car hire, flights and ferries – Lonely Planet.

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Learn about organisation and operation of public transport and transit in France from urban transport and local transit to nationwide rail networks.

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Driver’s licence

A driver’s license/licence or driving licence is an official document which states that a person may operate a motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle, car, truck or a bus, on a public roadway. The laws relating to the licensing of drivers vary between jurisdictions. In some jurisdictions, a license is issued after the recipient has passed a driving test, while in others, a person acquires a license before beginning to drive. Different categories of license often exist for different types of motor vehicles, particularly large trucks and passenger vehicles. The difficulty of the driving test varies considerably between jurisdictions, as do factors such as age and the required level of practice.

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French Driver’s License (Permis de Conduire) and Driving in France for Americans and other non-European Union citizens.

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You may drive with a valid U.S. driver’s license if it is accompanied by a notarized translation in French. It is strongly recommended that you …

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The good news is that France recognises driver’s licenses issued by a large number of countries and has a process in place that eases the way …

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Driving Obtaining a driver’s license in France. Sent by a reader on June 4, 2012 …you can’t overemphasize how very difficult (not to mention expensive) it is to …

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Do you hold a driving licence issued outside of France? Are you legal to drive on French roads with your licence? Find out here, and how to exchange your …

Removal

Last minute and dedicated removals services from a part or small load, a single piece of furniture, antiques collection or house and office removal between London and France with weekly removals services to Paris ideal for mini moves, small or part loads.

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Removal to France, urgent removal vans to France or Paris.

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We have daily collections across the whole of the UK and France our team of dedicated removal managers that will be on hand to help and advise at every step …

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Channel Moving | UK International removal company, removals to France, part load removals France, moving to France – Channel Moving.

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We are a professional removal van to France private business with six VW Crafter vans that offer you a ‘Removal Van to France’. We operate within a 150 mile …

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We also understand local customs, the road networks and all those intangible factors that can make the practicalities of removal to France into a nightmare …

Communications

French (français) is the official language of France, although there are regional variations in pronunciation and local words. For example, throughout France the word for yes, oui, said “we”, but you will often hear the slang form “ouais”, said “waay.” It’s similar to the English language usage of “Yeah” instead of “Yes”.

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Complete guide to local and international telephone service, using pay phones, directory information, Internet access points, Minitel services, broadcast & print …

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France Communications 2012, CIA World Factbook.

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Communications – Practical Paris in Paris. All informations to organise your stay in paris.

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France Communications. French is the official language in France. If you do not speak French, it is very important that you apologize for your lack of knowledge.

Leisure

We are a small family run business and we pride ourselves on customer care and satisfaction. We offer holidays which give lots of activities without any additional cost. The accommodation is in our family home in France, which becomes your home for the duration of the holiday.

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Two properties in Mareuil-Sur-Lay and St-Gemme-Le-Plaine. Presentation of the houses and practical information.

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Travel Agents & Consultants in Brisbane, Queensland, 4000 – France @ Leisure – Yellow Pages® directory.

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FRANCE @ Leisure is an independent, licensed Travel Agency, accredited by the Travel Compensation Fund and UTAG (United Travel Agents Group).

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France has one of the largest cinema outputs in the world and going to the cinema is one of the most popular pastimes among the French. It is estimated that …

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Discover the leisures, activities and sports available in Languedoc roussillon, South of France. Leisure activities in Languedoc-Roussillon: walking holidays, …

Miscellaneous

France has a relatively low rate of violent crime, but crimes involving larceny are common. Pickpocketing, theft of unattended baggage, and theft from rental cars or vehicles with out-of-country license plates are daily occurrences. Criminals frequent tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, and transportation nodes. Foreigners should be particularly alert for pickpockets in train stations and on subways.

Big cities in France can be dangerous if you are not careful. If you observe a few simple rules you can avoid most dangers. The best precautions that one can take against ‘mugged’ or becoming an unsuspecting victim of robbery in France have to do with using simple common sense.

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PERSONAL SAFETY. France has a relatively low rate of violent crime, but crimes involving larceny are common. Pickpocketing, theft of unattended baggage, …

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The Paris papers publish the following, dated Anibes, 20th: “The Nice contingent of the Italian army of reserve has left by steamer for Genoa. In spite of the …

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DOUKETI. A database that contains the persons named in the books you find in the library of Cercle Généalogique the Valley Lys and Ferrain based in Halluin.

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