Tips for Getting your French Driver’s License

Tips for Getting your French Driver’s License

If you are planning to move to France or you have just arrived here, you may be wondering if you can legally drive in this country.  The answer depends on your situation, and on where your permit was issued. If you have a driver’s license from another European country, it is valid in France.  As a diplomat, you may be able to drive with your foreign license for duration of your mission in France.  If you are not in one of these cases, you can drive for one year with your valid foreign license and translation of this document, but no longer than the first anniversary date of your residence. If this applies to you, you will want to ensure you have obtained a French driver’s license before your first year of residence is up. Here are four tips for facilitating that process.

Galettes des Rois Season

Galettes des Rois Season

It’s galette season in France! (Galettes des Rois, that is, or “King Cake.”)

We very much look forward to these delicious pastries and the fun tradition around eating them every year. Children (and sometimes even adults ) love to slide under the table to announce who gets which piece, each person hoping to get the slice with the small porcelain figurine (or “fève”) hidden inside and, of course, then receive the paper crown to be worn!

Two crowns are sometimes given so that the….

Determining School Grade Levels

Determining School Grade Levels

Arriving from abroad, do you know your child’s grade level equivalent in France?

When relocating, choosing the appropriate grade level for your child can be a daunting task. Some helpful tips, along with a chart below, will help you determine the right one.

It is important to remember that not only the birth date counts, but also the curriculum when making a grade level calculation. I suggest listening to the advice the school admissions will provide. Cut-off dates are often different from one country to the next and curriculum can vary greatly. In the UK, the cut-off date is….

Understanding Rental Payment Guarantees

Understanding Rental Payment Guarantees

If you are looking for an apartment or home in Paris, one of the first questions you might hear is, “What type of guarantee can you provide?”  Even though your revenue justifies the rent you are willing to pay, landlords often request a form of rental payment guarantee.

There are many types of rental payment guarantees available, and the type or work contract you have will determine which guarantee may work for you.

How to Prepare for a Departure Inspection

How to Prepare for a Departure Inspection

Preparing for the final inspection of your rental property is a task not to be taken lightly. This is the all-important moment when you turn the keys to the property back over to your landlord and your responsibility for the property comes to an end.

The departure inspection is an important appointment that will determine how much of your security deposit will be reimbursed. For example, if you have…

Where to Park All Those Bikes

Where to Park All Those Bikes

Biking in Paris is becoming quite popular, with dedicated bikes lanes popping up in all arrondissements to make it easier for bikers to navigate Parisian traffic. But when you return home the question remains, “What do I do with it now?”

Bike in the CourtyardYou can decide not to get a bike at all and opt instead to use one of the many Velo-lib stations in Paris where…