Christmas in France – love it or hate it?

Christmas in France – love it or hate it?

I happened upon a post in a “Brits in France” Facebook group a few weeks ago in which a lady asked the group, “Does anyone else hate Christmas in France? Nowhere does Christmas quite like Blighty.” This post jumped out at me but not because I agree with her... read more
Could You Repeat That Please?

Could You Repeat That Please?

Jane Hunt, French resident for 7 years, provides some advice on improving your French listening skills: As a teenager, I was on holiday in France with my parents in the windy Vendée and I needed to buy a hair clip. I looked up the word, “barrette”, in the dictionary... read more
France and its Fantastic Summer Festivals!

France and its Fantastic Summer Festivals!

Everyone knows that big cities in France slow down in the month of August as the majority of its citizens escape to the beach or countryside for some much needed R&R! However, even if some big cities quieten down, lots of places around France (big and small) come... read more
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