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The French Teaching System

In France, the education of children (and not schooling per say as many think) is compulsory from age 6 to 16. It relies on baisc principles established during the 18th century up to the 20th century and can be summed up in one sentence: “The organization of a free secular compulsory public education at all levels is a state obligation”


Top Mistakes to Avoid When Moving To France


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Celebrate Halloween in Paris!

Terrifying and cultivating, Halloween must be celebrated in Paris! As you know…Halloween is not exactly part of French culture, however


What May Change with the New French President, Francois Hollande?

As you may already know, France has just learned about a change of political direction with the election of the left-wing candidate, Francois Hollande, as Republic President. The new leader has planned numerous reforms in the state for the next 5 years, with

Posted on June 3rd, 2012 | Permanent link | 2 Comments »

Sainte Catherine – 25th of November

Sainte Catherine is celebrated on the 25th of November. Catherine of Alexandria is the patron of the barbers, wheelwrights, rope makers, drapers, schoolchild and students, wool spinners, genealogists, millers...


Education in France

The educational system

The educational system is extremely important in France, more than 15million people (both teachers and students) have a direct link with it which represents 1/4th of the total population. The Preamble of French constitution sets out that “the Nation guarantees equal access for children and adults to education, vocational training and culture” and therefore considerable means are implemented to succeed it


Tips to improve your French speaking skills


If you plan to move to France, you should probably consider learning the French language in order to be able to hold a conversation with your neighbours. The French are notoriously known for not speaking great English and this will often be the case if your new property is in the heart of the countryside


Nice, six districts undergoing radical transformation where you should buy before the end of the year.

What with the renovation of the Pasteur district and Thiers train station area and the creation of a green zone, dozens of big constructions sites are shaking up the city’s appearance.  Here is guided tour of the best places to invest in 2011: Nice Meridia, urgent, new accommodation to grab before the district becomes expensive.

Posted on March 24th, 2011 | Permanent link | 1 Comment »

Yet another reason to move to France!

A survey released at the end of last year placed the UK as the worst place to live in Europe, in terms of quality of life. And guess who came out on top? Yes, France topped the chart, thanks to the earliest retirement age in Europe, the highest percentage of...


British give up on French

With British pupils shunning French, even ‘schoolboy’ French may soon be a thing of the past while UK students will lose out to their French counterparts in an increasingly global jobs market reports Rebecca Lawn

The number of teenagers studying French...

Posted on October 6th, 2010 | Permanent link | 1 Comment »