It’s never pleasant to make a complaint in any language, but when you are trying to put your point forward with a limited vocabulary and knowledge of your rights, it is particularly frustrating. More…

This small but active charity was founded nearly 200 years ago by the British Ambassador in Paris, to help British people in France who found themselves in difficulty. The BCF continues it work today amongst British residents in financial hardship, distributing aid sourced from donations and legacies.

Pensions are complex, yet often the cornerstone of a comfortable retirement. Today, with Brexit looming and more options than ever for what you can do with your funds, it is difficult to establish the best approach – there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

If you need a visit from a district nurse for injections, dressing changes etc, you can look in yellow pages and pick somebody nearby – although it’s always best to get a recommendation where possible.

Where a Bank holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, many small businesses will ‘faire le pont’ (make a bridge) and take Friday or Monday off too to ;make a long weekend. This rarely applies to large shops, supermarkets etc, many of whom no longer close for most of the public holidays.

Choosing your ‘médecin traitant’ If you are a resident of France, you should be registered with a specific doctor, a médecin traitant. If you do not have a nominated GP, you will  receive  less money…

To start electricity service in your new home in France, contact an energy supplier as soon as possible (ideally about two weeks before moving in) to open an account. You will need to have the following information to open an electricity account:

If you have an Intermarché loyalty card, don’t forget to cash it in before the end of December (Carrefour) or end of February (Intermarché) or else you will lose all.  – Some branches may ask…