While France might attract a huge number of people who come to these shores to put their feet up at the end of long and stressful careers, most foreigners who come here are actually of working age. Which means they need to find work. But perhaps unsurprisingly many of them find it difficult, indeed more difficult than foreigners do in other countries. A survey by InterNations global community, which interviewed 18,000 respondents around the world found that 55 percent of expats in France found it hard to apply for a job. That's compared to the average of 36 percent around the globe. There were other stats as well that revealed how foreigners found it hard to get work in France. For example 47 percent said they were happy with their career prospects in France compared to 55 percent globally. That score saw France ranked 52nd out of 68 countries for career prospects. READ ALSO: The 10-point checklist - What you have to do to land that job in France "It seems to be generally … [Read more...] about Members’ Forum: Why is it so hard for foreigners to find work in France?
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There’s much more in terms of employment opportunities - depending of course on your level of education, qualifications and French-language abilities. If you already live in France or are looking to move to the country, here are some ideas to get you started. Working for a start-up The start-up scene in France is hot right now. So hot, in fact, that some people are referring to it as the "Startup nation". Indeed, Forbes has started releasing a French version of its business magazine in efforts to chart the progress of France on the startup scene. "Many people say France is becoming the 'startup nation' and the discourse is changing. We have a president who is promoting entrepreneurship and free enterprise," Dominique Busso, the media entrepreneur behind the venture, told AFP in October. And don't forget that Paris has recently flung open the doors to the mega startup hub "Station F" (pictured below), a converted railway station that aims to house 1,000 startups. … [Read more...] about The jobs you can do in France (if you don’t want to teach English)
How many Americans are actually living in France? It's a good question. According to the most recent data given to the The Local from France's national statistics agency INSEE, the number of Americans in France is around the 31, 000 mark. Although the real number is likely to be much higher, with the US embassy even talking of around 100,000 "yankees" in France. Judging by comments from our readers and on social media platforms there are a few hundred thousand more Americans who dream of moving to France. So you're thinking of moving to France you'll want to know where to find (or where to avoid) your fellow countrymen, right? Paris, Ile de France, Photo: Flickr/Henrik Berger Jørgensen You can probably guess where most American expats choose to settle in France. That’s right: the City of Light. Île de France, the region around Paris, is officially home to about 15,500 Americans (so around exactly half of all Americans in France), making it the clear top … [Read more...] about Where in France do all the American expats live?
Aficionados of British TV in parts of France were still trying to get used to not being able to watch BBC’s Eastenders or Top Gear through their satellite boxes and now Coronation Street has bit the dust. In the early hours of Tuesday morning ITV and Channel 4 switched over to a new satellite, meaning many expats in the south of France lost their signal and have thus now been deprived of almost all mainstream British TV channels. The problem began last week when the BBC finally switched its transmission to a new Astra 2E satellite, that focuses its beam more tightly on the British Isles. That meant viewers on the fringe areas of the UK would get a better signal but those further afield, as in France, would lose out. And at 4am on Monday night ITV and Channel 4 made the same satellite switch to Astra 2E, that left The Local's readers at a loss for what to do. @TheLocalFrance we lost BBC completely last week and the remaining uk channels switch over today I believe. … [Read more...] about Satellite TV: More misery for expats in France
One of the comforts of home for British expats living in France is being able to watch the favourite BBC programmes, which they could pick up via a satellite dish. But for many that pleasure was taken away on Thursday morning, when the broadcaster migrated its channels to a new satellite. Those living in the south of France appear to be the worst affected, with those living in Paris and the north apparently still able to watch the BBC. (See maps below) Expats in France have been bombarding community groups to find out if there is anything they can do. "We are in Nimes and lost BBC this morning. We would really appreciate to know if there is any point in buying a bigger dish.....?" said one poster on Survive France Network. @TheLocalFrance Evil BBC - try explaining to a 5 year old why CBEEBIES doesn't work any more. — Angry Satellite User (@signalsgone) February 7, 2014 Another wrote: "In the Gers we've lost BBC, although the Sky box is telling me we still have a … [Read more...] about BBC ‘satellite switch’ leaves expats in the dark