The first steps towards a life you’ve always dreamed of

Once you have moved to France you will immediately notice that many things are different – driving on the right, the traffic light sequences, yellow postboxes, shops closed on Sunday... all of which is part of the fun.

Getting settled in means finding out more about your local community and it is a good idea to introduce yourself at the mairie, particularly in smaller communes. (The commune refers to the first level of local government – usually one village or town – with a council and mayor). This will be easier if you have some command of French ...

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