Now that you’re here in Paris, perhaps you’ve been inspired to become an entrepreneur. That’s wonderful! However, there are quite a few things to consider before you can begin the process. Make sure you do your research on regulations and requirements for your business, and be prepared for lots of paperwork. Also, if you’re not from a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), there are things you have to do before you can even pursue that wonderful new venture of yours.
The mairie du 7ème, one of the most attractive arrondissements of Paris, is tapping into its huge English speaking community to organize a family-friendly event to promote itself to its foreign residents and above all, to promote the use of the English Language in the district.
TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, began as a conference in 1984 and is now a global platform that covers many topics in multiple languages. The nonprofit believes that ideas should be shared and spread, leading to energetic, vibrant conversation. These ideas are shared at events via talks, videos and other presentations, with the aim of fostering discussion to enable growth.
If you’ve ever been robbed, you’ll probably understand what it feels like to be hacked.
It’s as though you’ve been violated, and even if you recover the things that were stolen, you’ll always remember the experience.
This was how we felt here, at Expats Paris, when our website (yes, this exact website you’re on) was attacked late April this year. We were victims of a hacking operation against our entire system.
When we started using social media at Expats Paris four years ago, we told ourselves that we had the right to make mistakes, to ask forgiveness rather than permission, and to always test everything.
Expats Paris is now on almost all major social media platforms and has an engaged community of followers and friends.
A new edition of a ground-breaking guidebook to Paris has just been published. “Only in Paris” by writer and explorer Duncan JD Smith tells the story of the city through an original and eclectic mix of unusual locations.
Eccentric museums, covered passageways, secret gardens, idiosyncratic shops and unexpected places of worship. Everything that is unique, hidden and unusual in Paris.
France has a very diverse immigrant population. According to the Institut National de la statistique et des etudes economiques (Insee) at least 200,000 immigrants arrive in France every year. Of the 802,000 newborns in metropolitan France in 2010, a little over 13.3% had one non-French parent and 6.6% had two non-French parents.
French men are as addicted to fashion as their female counterparts.
Check out all the fantastic male designers that France has produced over the years: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin, to name a few.
Even imports such as Karl Lagerfeld have made their mark on the scene.
Men in France take the way they look very seriously. They have an eye for quality, longevity and minimal fuss.
Bienvenue! You’ve arrived in Paris and you’re ready to have an adventure.
As you walk down the street, you’re in awe of the city and all it has to offer.
All around you, people are either on their phones, shopping, or rushing off to somewhere important.
It all seems terribly romantic and daunting, at the same time.
Not everyone experiences the joy and euphoria of being in Paris. For some, the culture shock is greater than others, and it’s hard to adjust to something that may be vastly different from back home. If this is your first time in a foreign country (like a friend I met recently - the person who inspired me to come up with this post, by the way), it can be difficult to come to terms with the sights and sounds around you, and you may feel overwhelmed. It could be similar to someone moving from an outlying area into a big city for the first time. Everything seems to be too loud, too fast, too confusing and frantic. Still it’s not all bad. You just need to give yourself time to adjust, or learn to slough it off and walk on, as the French do.
A few days before we got hacked, we had written a few extensive guides about The French Income Tax, The French Healthcare and the must-know Things about Rentals in Paris. This time, I’m excited to welcome you on board for yet another epic journey into the land of Bureaucracy. This time we’ll be talking about the Pôle Emploi; the French governmental agency that registers unemployed people (expats included), helps them find jobs and provides them with financial aid.
I know, I know, thinking about taxes gives us all heartburn. In fact, you’re probably having palpitations just thinking about filing them (the way I felt while researching, writing this guide and when I received my recent tax notice). In a foreign country. In another language. Still, it must be done, and now that you’re here and you’ve delved into the fun stuff in Paris, it’s time to learn how to pay your taxes.
I know, I know, thinking about taxes gives you heartburn. In fact, you’re probably having palpitations just thinking about filing them. In a foreign country. In another language. Still, it must be done, and now that you’re here and you’ve delved into the fun stuff in Paris, it’s time to learn how to pay your taxes.
Please note: This French Income Tax guide is published for informational purposes only. Contact a consultant or visit your nearest agency in your arrondissement for detailed help with filing your taxes.
Here I was, bright-eyed and excited to be in Paris. In awe of this extraordinary city, I was soon drawn into the local culture. Not a bad thing, since Paris was to be my new home. But I still needed to find a home. And therein lay the problem. I’d spent so much time making sure my papers were correct and finding my way around town, that I neglected to research fully what was needed to convince a landlord to take a chance on me as a tenant. I assumed it would be easy to find a place and settle down. But I was so wrong. Here are some of the things I wish I’d learned beforehand.
You’ve heard the songs, seen the movies and drooled over the Eiffel Tower. Now you're an expat, you’re in Paris and anxious to be “one of them.” Perhaps you envision a Parisian as someone who sits in a café with a demi-tasse, a baguette and a small plate of cheese. Will there be wine, afterward? You wouldn’t be too far off the mark, but let’s take away the fairytale and look at the things consumed by the everyday Paris dweller.
Her journey as a hairstylist started as a 6-year-old tomboy growing up in a household of three brothers. Although she was against anything girly at this age, she would accompany her mother to the hair salon and sit in awe as she watched the stylist entwine hair between their fingers as they curled, cut, coloured, and created styles that seemed to defy gravity. She would dash home and spend hours recreating looks on dolls while begging my mother to let her live out her inspirations on her long tresses, and as the years went by, her passion for hair only grew.
There are many wonderful things that could be said about residing here, but one thing that may be challenging is navigating the healthcare system. Depending on where you’re originally from, you might not be used to the level of bureaucracy that exists in this country, but it is possible to make it through, I promise! You simply need to arm yourself with information. Lots of it.
And coffee. Perhaps an apéritif…
Ever wondered what it would cost to live in Paris these days ? As residents, we have experienced this first hand. In order to come up with the figures below, we looked into different aspects of life here, including Paris grocery chains and malls; music and movie sites; various transportation modes; State information for insurance; available online cost of living data; and the findings of other expats who’ve also lived here for an extended period of time. Basically, We analyzed a large amount of Data, combined it with our daily-consumer experience and here's what we concluded was the real cost of living in Paris (from January to March 2016).
One of our strategies for reaching out to and engaging with the Parisian Expatriates' community has always been a social media-based one. So far, we’ve been successful in growing a large community on Twitter, facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest and currently working harder to grow it on other platforms like Tumblr, Linkedin, Instagram and many others.
Paris has so much to offer. It’s a cultural mecca, as well as a leader in the arts. But there is a wealth of information on just about anything, no matter where you go or what grabs your interest in the city. Educational opportunities (free and otherwise) practically permeate the cobblestones.
Why move to Paris, Why moving to France, you ask? Well, pourquoi pas? After having lived here for many years, I’ve come up with some really good reasons to do so. Below are a mere handful of them. The list grows daily.
It’s December 2009, and winter has begun. I’ve arrived in Paris at long last, and la vie en rose is a beloved reality. I don’t even mind the cold. Okay, I do, but let me embellish, would you?
A permanent diplomatic mission is known as Embassy and the head of the operation is known as ambassador. Depending on the place and the mission, the embassy has different functions. There are a lot of things embassies or consulates in Paris or any other French city can do for you and many more things they cannot do for you. This blog post was inspired by a recent campaign by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office for British Nationals abroad.
If you have just started working for a French employer, you may be a little confused when you receive your first salary slip. This is no simple pay slip and should really come with its own instruction manual. Here you’ll find some insight into those strange deductions and ambiguous terms.
Relocating to France can be a stressful enough experience, but starting a business can take this stress to a whole new level. It doesn’t have to be that way however. Once you’ve mastered the language, the tax system and other Country specific factors, starting a business in Paris is really no different to starting up anywhere else.
The world is celebrating the International Women's Day on March 8th and in Paris, we’re throwing a huge party to honor women all over the world and in particular, the Parisian women. You should check the event out and register. Also, don’t hesitate to share it with friends. Before this March 8th, we also thought about honoring ladies who are inspiring, paving the way and giving hope to many of Paris-based expatriates. We rounded up powerful profiles of the female community influencers and heroines who are helping women and men persevere and prosper in Paris. Whether their words and daily occupations inspire us or make us laugh, these women have got a profound impact, not only on expat lives, but also on the French people’s lives. Who are they?
Paris is not only one of the most culturally diverse cities to live in, but is also increasingly becoming the center of economic and commercial activity in Europe. In the last decade alone, troves of new businesses and start-ups have popped up all over the city. Interestingly, people from outside France have moved into the city of Paris specifically, and the whole of France generally, to set up their businesses and commercial interests. The successes of most of such businesses have led to ever increasing numbers of entrepreneurs and businessmen alike to come and set up shop in Paris. Let’s get started:
An effective way to decrease costs is to reduce your expenses. There are many methods you can save your money and help prevent that "too much money at the end of the month" sensational. No matter how inexpensive we want to be, moving some cash. There is no way to prevent that, so to save for our relocation, we need to cut our expenses. Here are some simple and innovative ways foreign students can cut expenses, produce income, and get on the road sooner: