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Moving to France Week

Ask us your Moving to France questions and see the latest from the 2012 guide

MOVING to France will transform your life but the process is not necessarily straightforward.

This week we are holding a 'Moving to France week' to complement the new 2012 edition of our Moving to France guide, explaining a whole range of subjects to take you through the basics of the practical side of life in France.

The information has been researched by our journalists, who have all made the move here, and compiled with the help of experts in their respective fields.

We would like to invite your questions on the topics below, the best of which will be passed on to our specialists at the end of the week. We will publish the responses online as we receive them.


Formalities: Visas and residence permits, importing your possessions, driving licences, work permits.

Buying a Property: Buying or renting a house or flat, finding ads, hiring a notaire, signing the contract, costs and tax.

Second homes: Legal points to consider, keeping your property secure, insurance.

Renovation: Finding a builder and architect, obtaining planning permission, references and quotes, fixing specifications, how to check a tradesman is legitimate.

Retirement homes: Accommodation types, costs, finding a home, tax implications, financial aid

We look forward to receiving your questions. Please keep your questions succcinct.

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