Found 12th Feb
Just wondering whether anyone on here has moved from the UK to France and could offer some advice please? I have been offered a job within the suburbs of Paris and was wondering what I comfortable monthly salary would be? Also I suspect it will be somewhat of a culture shock moving from the countryside to a large city.

Many Thanks for any advice.

  1. Ask
  2. Paris
Groups
  1. Ask
  2. Paris
12 Comments

Learn French

shauneco

Learn French


2.2 million people in France speak Berber

thewongwing101

2.2 million people in France speak Berber



​and in Paris'

I moved to Dijon 3 years ago. My first impressions were good and wondered why us Brits had such bad feeling towards the French. I found them very welcoming and friendly with a willingness to talk and be patient with my French.
3 years later and they drive me bonkers. Just slow at everything. Shopping or the post office takes for ever and a day. They will happily hold up queues to go back into the shop because they forgot something whilst keeping you waiting at the checkout.
Worst drivers with their antiquated rules of the road. All the cars here are damaged, they dont know how to negate junctions even when their are road markings guiding you into lane.
No good doing things by interenet , its all done by the slow old fashioned way with tons of paperwork.You cant just go to one place to get it done either.
I imported my car as car prices here are double and some of that in the UK but again umpteen amounts of paperwork work and umpteen places to take it to.
Cost of living is swings/roundabouts but in general we are better off as a family. In the UK we lost a whole wage on nursery fees whereas here, its dirt cheap, we pay about €100 a month for our boy to go to school with meals, You can take kids from 7am to 7pm aswell should you be unlucky enough to work those hours.
Health care is really good and way better than the UK but you pay a monthly insurance cost, for a family of 3 we again pay about €90 a month but that covers dental and medical.
Min wage here is near €10 an hour. Doing the same job here we earn about £7k more a year and get an extra weeks holiday a year.

I still like living here, The French are still friendly but it takes a lot getting used to their ways of which I dont think I will ever get used to it.

Alliance France do lessons for €10 an hour.

rhinopaul

I moved to Dijon 3 years ago. My first impressions were good and wondered … I moved to Dijon 3 years ago. My first impressions were good and wondered why us Brits had such bad feeling towards the French. I found them very welcoming and friendly with a willingness to talk and be patient with my French.3 years later and they drive me bonkers. Just slow at everything. Shopping or the post office takes for ever and a day. They will happily hold up queues to go back into the shop because they forgot something whilst keeping you waiting at the checkout.Worst drivers with their antiquated rules of the road. All the cars here are damaged, they dont know how to negate junctions even when their are road markings guiding you into lane.No good doing things by interenet , its all done by the slow old fashioned way with tons of paperwork.You cant just go to one place to get it done either. I imported my car as car prices here are double and some of that in the UK but again umpteen amounts of paperwork work and umpteen places to take it to.Cost of living is swings/roundabouts but in general we are better off as a family. In the UK we lost a whole wage on nursery fees whereas here, its dirt cheap, we pay about €100 a month for our boy to go to school with meals, You can take kids from 7am to 7pm aswell should you be unlucky enough to work those hours.Health care is really good and way better than the UK but you pay a monthly insurance cost, for a family of 3 we again pay about €90 a month but that covers dental and medical.Min wage here is near €10 an hour. Doing the same job here we earn about £7k more a year and get an extra weeks holiday a year.I still like living here, The French are still friendly but it takes a lot getting used to their ways of which I dont think I will ever get used to it.Alliance France do lessons for €10 an hour.


Very interesting read, ta.

davewave

​and in Paris'


I have no idea Dave
but
“London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.”
apparently

rhinopaul

I moved to Dijon 3 years ago. My first impressions were good and wondered … I moved to Dijon 3 years ago. My first impressions were good and wondered why us Brits had such bad feeling towards the French. I found them very welcoming and friendly with a willingness to talk and be patient with my French.3 years later and they drive me bonkers. Just slow at everything. Shopping or the post office takes for ever and a day. They will happily hold up queues to go back into the shop because they forgot something whilst keeping you waiting at the checkout.Worst drivers with their antiquated rules of the road. All the cars here are damaged, they dont know how to negate junctions even when their are road markings guiding you into lane.No good doing things by interenet , its all done by the slow old fashioned way with tons of paperwork.You cant just go to one place to get it done either. I imported my car as car prices here are double and some of that in the UK but again umpteen amounts of paperwork work and umpteen places to take it to.Cost of living is swings/roundabouts but in general we are better off as a family. In the UK we lost a whole wage on nursery fees whereas here, its dirt cheap, we pay about €100 a month for our boy to go to school with meals, You can take kids from 7am to 7pm aswell should you be unlucky enough to work those hours.Health care is really good and way better than the UK but you pay a monthly insurance cost, for a family of 3 we again pay about €90 a month but that covers dental and medical.Min wage here is near €10 an hour. Doing the same job here we earn about £7k more a year and get an extra weeks holiday a year.I still like living here, The French are still friendly but it takes a lot getting used to their ways of which I dont think I will ever get used to it.Alliance France do lessons for €10 an hour.



​don't think you could have asked for a better answer than that op
Edited by: "stefromuk" 12th Feb

I've lived/worked in Luxembourg, Belgium and France.

it's rather good to have the experience. The hard bit will be moving from countryside to city. the good bit will be the food and the lifestyle. The only thing I missed and would get when I came back was fish and chips from a fish and chip shop. we also took out cheddar and froze it for cooking.

oh, just remember, their police aint nice. I have seen French police beating up someone three to one. He didn't start it.

you will enjoy it.
Edited by: "jonnithomas" 13th Feb

jonnithomas

I've lived/worked in Luxembourg, Belgium and France.it's rather good to … I've lived/worked in Luxembourg, Belgium and France.it's rather good to have the experience. The hard bit will be moving from countryside to city. the good bit will be the food and the lifestyle. The only thing I missed and would get when I came back was fish and chips from a fish and chip shop. we also took out cheddar and froze it for cooking.oh, just remember, their police aint nice. I have seen French police beating up someone three to one. He didn't start it.you will enjoy it.



Thats the way police should be ours are useless as theyre not allowed to do this.

Original Poster

Thanks all for your comments, they have really helped!
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text
    Top Discussions
    1. meaning of op710
    2. Sainsbury's tu11
    3. NVR upgrade Issue.22
    4. Mobile phone advice1014

    See more discussions