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4.3 out of 5 stars
Living and Working in France
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on 14 October 2012
This is a basic and practical guide to living and working in France, and as thus is a good handbook to keep at one's side if relocating. But in Chapter 19 - 'The French' - some of his gratuitous and offensive generalisations about the French I found astonishing in a book that is supposed to support and encourage people to live and work in that country. His opening paragraph is breathtaking, 'A typical French person is artificial, elitist...racist..unhygienic...truculent...callous...bad tempered'..and about forty other both unflattering and bizarrely flattering adjectives. I wonder what a Frenchman writing a Living in Britain handbook might write of us?

I imagine the writer thinks he's being witty and ironic, but in fact it just comes across as both offensive and pointless. The book would be better if it stopped this puerile stereotyping and stuck with the facts. Especially as the writer now lives in the small, typically French area of............Bath, Wiltshire.
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on 26 March 2015
This is THE book if you are thinking of moving to France to live. Covers everything you are likely to need. The only issue is that as the Frnech government keeps trying to manage the situation there some elements are a litte out of date - this does not detract from the book in anyway. You still need to follow the rule of location, location, location and know the area your propose to live in. Vendor delivered to time and to value - can recommend without hesitation.
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on 29 April 2014
This book is a comprehensive, well-researched and well-organized book that tells you everything you need to know about moving to France, living there, going to school, working, buying property, driving and just about anything you might want to do. The level of detail is impressive and shows very thorough research indeed. As Lonely Planet is to budget travellers (the one-stop reference for everything you need to survive on the road), so the Living and Working series is to would-be expats who want to live and work abroad. David Hampshire has put in the research so that you can make your way through the tangle of confusing and obscure local rules and local knowledge that you need to survive and thrive in France. Two thumbs up! (This book is one of over a dozen in a series that covers many popular expat destinations.)
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on 16 September 2012
The book is comprehensive, I found it too tongue-in-cheek and a little sneering towards the French (must we still bang on about the war?). I bought it as part of a plan to live and work in France from 2014 with my current international company. It covers most things I'd expect it to. I felt there were a lot of plugs there for other books by the same publisher. I'll take a positive from it, that it provides a check list of things I'll need to research more thoroughly.
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on 21 April 2012
The French system of renting or buying properties needs understanding before making any decision regarding a property in France and this book provides an excellent and comprehensive summary of their system. The book covers all these plus many other topics such as working in France, taking your car, your money and your pets - even your wife. It covers every conceivable aspect regarding everyday matters - a comprehensive and essential reference, highly recommended. The book also has that essential ingredient - a sense of humour.
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on 2 August 2012
Perfect book with loads of information necessary for anyone who plans to live or work or study or stay or whatever reason to enjoy this country. Gives good insights to details you can't possibly find on the internet and offers good advices to even tourists. This book is totally worth the price and even more you can think of. Grab a copy and all your questions will be answered!
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on 17 November 2012
This is a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to relocate to France. The author has answered all the questions that I did not even know to ask. I bought this Kindle version as an update on an earlier version;I was keen to ensure that I had information that was current and covered any changes since 2005.
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on 15 March 2013
A great informative book . Lots of practical and accurate advice. Purchased originally as a gift for a friend moving here we decided to buy one for ourselves . After reading it we learned a lot from it and we have lived in France for five years. Do not hesitate to buy.
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on 14 January 2016
Very informative and enjoyable to read, makes a refreshing change to read open and frank information.
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on 9 November 2014
A very practical resource that makes for an essential guide on the subject. f you are coming from the UK in particular you will find living in France a very different experience especially with some of the red tape in setting up a business. This book will add clarity around the subject and give you answers to questions at your finger tips. Even reading juts one chapter removed a concern we had on education so well worth buying the book if France is your planned destination.
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