I am often asked that question. My husband Henry and I have spent countless holidays in France over the last 20 years. Like many, we loved the lifestyle, the culture, learning the language, and of course the wine! At some point, there was a subtle shift in thinking, and we began to talk about “living the dream”. It was a topic that often came up, usually after a few glasses of wine. Peter Mayle has a lot to answer for, and I think it was watching the TV version of “A year in Provence” one evening that tipped me over the edge. Henry sort of got swept along in my headlong rush to get to Provence. Some weeks later, we left Dublin for a week’s French language tuition in Aix-en-Provence, a holiday we repeated twice more. That last trip, we stayed for a month in a little apartment and at that point, both of us were agreed – we want to live in France – and left for Dublin on a high, determined to be back. My balloon was burst when I realised the cost of renting/buying property in Provence.
As you prepare for your move to France, it will be helpful to know some simple and yet interesting facts about this European country. Every country has its own set of rules and ideas. And each country has characteristics that make it different from others.
Removals & Storage
After buying a house and arranging any legal requirements, the next step is to organise for any furniture and belongings to be moved to your new home in France.
Specialist removal companies can help to make this process easy. They will visit your home, pack up your belongings and drive them to your new home in France. If you are planning on moving to france then go for it.It’s a good thought.
France has a nationalised health service that provides treatment to all its citizens. As an expat, a little work will need to be done to be transferred over to the French NHS.
The first step is to advise your local doctor that you will be relocating abroad. Ask for any and all medical records as they will need to be presented to the doctors in France.
Upon arriving in France, a green health card, or ‘carte vitale’ as it is known in French, will need to be applied for at the local ‘Caisse d’Assurance Maladie’.
In the mean time, while the carte vitale application is being processed, temporary healthcare is available through the European ‘E’ card system. Your local doctor will be able to provide advice about applying for the ‘E’ card.