If you plan to live in France you'll be faced with a lot of ups and downs.
Don't forget: the best way of settling into life here is to learn our language, French. In this way you will avoid many problems. You can contact Language Study Centres at Chambers of Commerce and Industry or professional English speakers.
The professsionals you need to contact, if buying or renting either a main or a second home, are estate agents ( to find ads immo and property for sale, see our real estate agencies committed to welcoming you in English), property managers and 'notaires' (solicitors). You'll aso have to deal with:
- The Mairie (Town Hall)
- The Caisse Primaire (Social security)
- The Bureau des Impôts (Tax Office)
- The Electricity Office like EDF
You'll have to think about the services at your disposal: schools, shops, etc.
If you set up a business
First you will have to define your project and investigate the market that you intend to enter. You'll have to deal with, depending on your project:
You will have to think over the legal structure, the administrative formalities, the taxation obligations and the social security protection.
If your French isn't perfect there are people and services who can help!
Some useful informations on the European Community is also available in local organisations such as 'Maison de l'Europe en Limousin' located in Limoges.