Life in France
Exchange student, Stella Chavin, created this digital story about life in France and the differences between her school in France and City High School.
Moving to France
Thousands of Britons move abroad from the UK every year, and many of them choose France as their new home. While France is only a short distance away, literally just across the Channel, there is a world of difference between these two countries and lifestyles — enough of a difference to make thousands bid farewell to their native country and start a new life in “La Douce France”.
It is not only the weather which attracts ex-pats. If you choose the south of France to be your new home and buy a property there, you’ll find yourself in a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. But many people also opt for other parts of the country, such as the south-west, which are less pricey and less crowded. Property for sale in south west France represents some of the best bargains available, and the region has much to commend it.
Many people who relocate to France want to trade in a life of drudgery in the grim, cold and unfriendly north for a relaxed and easy-going sunny French lifestyle. It is a surprise for many to find that it is possible to live a good life in France for much less than it would cost you to have a similar lifestyle in the UK.
Many things are said about the relationship between the British and the French, and a lot of it is based on historical issues. Often Britons and Frenchmen have a distaste for each other, but they do not know exactly why. This outdated attitude, based mostly on history should not influence you.
France is a wonderful country, and you will find that its inhabitants are among the friendliest people in Europe. Of course, true friendship grows with mutual understanding and you should do your share in building a good relationship, such as learning to speak French. Especially in more remote areas you will find that being able to speak the language, or even just knowing the most important words and phrases, will take you a long way and make life much easier.
Mingle with the locals, don’t isolate yourself. In other areas which are popular among British expats, such as the Costa Blanca in Spain, they’re known to form their own communities and very often have little or nothing to do with the local inhabitants. This is not a good situation and will certainly not help to integrate foreigners into the local community.
France truly is a country with many opportunities. In fact, it’s more like a few countries in one. If you are still at the stage of checking out which area of this vast country would suit you best, you would be well advised to check out our Visitor’s Favourites
I’m looking for a list of beach-front rental houses in French Polynesia. Any help?
My family is looking to rent a home in French Polynesia. Any of the islands will do. Moorea, Bora Bora, and on and on…
We’re looking for at least a large 2 bedroom home, but preferably 3 bedrooms. And hopefully for less than $3000US per week. We’d like to stay for 2-3 weeks around May-June.
I’m having mixed luck searching and hope you all can help out. Thanks!
Here are a few that look promising (I’d like to find a list that would have at least 10 like these):
Stewart McIntosh answers:
France welcomes the commencement, as scheduled, of the referendum on self-determination in Southern Sudan. The holding of a free and transparent referendum constitutes an important step towards the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in 2005 in Naivasha. We urge the parties concerned to honor their commitment to allowing the ballot to take place in an atmosphere of calm.
Although Toulouse (31 Haut-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees) is often referred to as the “Pink City” it also has a claim to be called the “Violet City” as every winter the city celebrates the Violette de Toulouse.The Fete de la Violette Festival takes place on the weekend of 5-6 February 2011. in the Place du Capitole.
German troops have been stationed in France as a gesture of unity between the two countries.
German combat troops were stationed today in France for the first time since the Nazi occupation during the second world war.
The force stationed outside Strasbourg was agreed by Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel as a show of unity between the countries. The French defence minister, Alain Juppé, hailed the “highly symbolic” move as an end to “centuries of conflict”.
AFP – Polls opened across Egypt on Sunday for a parliamentary election expected to strengthen the ruling party’s grip in the most populous Arab nation but marred by a crackdown on the Islamist opposition.
Polling stations opened at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) and are due to close at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT), with around 41 million Egyptians eligible to vote. The first results are expected on Monday.
Egyptian security forces were on the alert after activists clashed with police at the end of a campaign overshadowed by violence and the arrests of more than 1,000 Islamists.
Initial indications showed a low turnout in the country of 80 million people, where polls are traditionally eyed with suspicion and where past elections have been marked by deadly clashes between police and protesters and battles between machete- and sword-wielding thugs hired by rival candidates.
At one polling station in central Cairo there was little sign of early interest in the election, with more journalists than voters present when polls opened.
In Alexandria, too, very few voters turned up in the first hour. Those who did were mostly supporters of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP).
“It’s important to vote,” said Assem Nureddin, a private company employee in Alexandria, proudly showing the ink on his finger to prove he had voted.
A street vendor in the city however said he had no interest in voting. “The MPs are each one for themselves. If I vote, what is it going to change?”
The NDP is widely expected to win a solid majority of the 508 elected seats and to make further gains when President Hosni Mubarak fills the 10 remaining seats with his appointees.
Not everyone planning to cast their ballots on Sunday, however, were NDP supporters.
“I’m going to vote for the (liberal opposition) Wafd party because their candidate is decent,” said a 30-year-old taxi driver in Cairo, who gave his name only as Mustafa. “I’d vote for any candidate who isn’t NDP.”
Much attention is focused on the Muslim Brotherhood, the only serious organised opposition, which is predicted to win far fewer seats than the fifth of parliament it secured in the last election in 2005.
Rights groups say the election has already been compromised by the arrests of opposition activists and restrictions on their candidates.
Eleven Brotherhood supporters were sentenced this week to two years in jail for handing out the group’s leaflets and campaigning.
Egypt bans using religious slogans in campaigns, a hallmark of the Islamist group.
“The elections are already fatally compromised,” said Tom Malinowski, the Washington director for Human Rights Watch.
“It is not going to be a fair and free election,” said Malinowski, part of a delegation from the New York-based rights group visiting Egypt for the election.
Rights groups say the election, which consistently return NDP-dominated parliaments, are routinely spoiled by fraud at the ballot box, a claim denied by the government, which has pledged to hold a fair vote.
Local civil society groups have complained that the authorities rejected requests for thousands of permits to monitor the vote and the count, while the electoral commission says it granted more than 6,000 permits.
Egypt does not allow foreign election observers.
The NDP is running about 800 candidates. Legal opposition parties, the majority of which have no representation in the outgoing parliament, are running about 450 candidates.
The election is being closely watched for an indication of how the government will conduct the far more important presidential election in 2011.
Mubarak, 82, has not yet said whether he will run in the next election. But the former air force chief’s eventual successor will most likely come from his ruling NDP or the military.