La Prime d’Activité – The Work Bonus!

La Prime d’Activité – The Work Bonus!

So what on earth is it? La prime d’activité is a financial aid aimed at encouraging people to work and supporting the purchasing power of workers with modest incomes. It is calculated on the basis of a quarterly declaration. The payment of the premium takes into... read more
How to Assemble a Dossier in France

How to Assemble a Dossier in France

In France, it seems like you need a “dossier” for everything – rent an apartment, consult a physician or even to find a nanny. The dossier is a nightmare for most expats, utterly confusing, and one of the hallmarks of the oftentimes Kafkaesque bureaucracy that rules... read more
France je t’aime, but not your bureaucracy!

France je t’aime, but not your bureaucracy!

There are so many things that I love about my life in France that I almost feel like I could write a list as long as J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings! I love the smell of fresh croissants in the morning and the view of the Eiffel Tower from my desk. I... read more