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Born in France before jus soli was repealed (but in the same year)

As mentioned here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_nationality_law The 1993 Méhaignerie Law required children born in France of foreign parents to request French nationality at adulthood, ...
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Can I have French citizenship?

Unlike others, my story have a bit different. My father is a French before I was born. However, due to the difficulty of Vietnamese government, he could not admit me as his son. Now, VN accepted dual ...
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Good public school to learn French in Paris?

I just arrived in Paris (November 2014). Are there any programs for foreigners that you can learn French? I would prefer something free if it is possible. Like if there is a state program. Time is not ...
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Proof of property ownership for a landlord in France

When renting an apartment in France how do I make sure that the person I'm dealing with is really the property owner? What document should I ask to see? Some countries have a register of property ...
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What's the point of declaring a general practitioner (“médecin traitant”) in France?

What are the financial consequences not to declare a general practitioner ("médecin traitant") in France? I have a French Social Security as well as a French "mutuel".
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Online places to find equivalent/similar products between two different countries

As an expatriate I am sometime looking for a product that is similar (or ideally the same) to a product I use to have it in my home country. It could be some food, drugs, etc. Is there any online ...
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How many attestations d'accueil (Welcome letter) for a family of two?

I recently received an attestation d'accueil from my local City Hall. This is to invite my mother and father from India to France for a short visit of less than 90 days. I have received ONE ...
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Requirements to move to France as the spouse of a Spanish national

I am married with a Spanish national and having a resident permit of Spain (tarjeta de residencia familiar de la union) valid for five years. Now we both want to move to France, how can I change my ...
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Rental contract in France can only be terminated at the end of a calendar month?

I'm renting a furnished apartment in Paris. It's a standard 1 year contract, the "Kit Meuble - location habitation non saisonniere" form. Rent is paid by the calendar month (in fact, I had to pay for ...
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Does moving house invalidate French cheques?

I was looking earlier at my French cheque book, and was rather surprised to see that the cheques not only have the bank's address on them, but also mine too. In other countries where I've had cheque ...
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Consequences of changing Ukrainian for Russian Citizenship for an Expat living in France

I am an Ukrainian Citizen married to a French citizen and living in France of a French Residence Permit for as yet limited validity, obtained based on my marriage certificate + Spouse Visa as granted ...
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Why do landlords in France sometimes ask for a RIB?

When trying to rent an apartment in France, especially in Paris, I noticed that some landlords ask for your RIB (bank account details). I'm curious why they would need this. What do they do with it? ...
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International money transfer online from a French bank

I opened a bank account with Société Générale in France and got access to their Internet banking. I was surprised to see that a wire transfer can only be done online to another bank in France. For ...
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Attestation d'accueil - what in the world is “etat sanitaire” and how do I prove it?

I am an Indian citizen on an EU D/Scientific visa in France. My local mayor's office (mairie) is Gif-sur-yvette. The Mairie has certain documents that need to be produced for a attestation d'accueil ...
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T2 / F2 / F3 / … - Appartment size codes in France

When I open accommodation adverts in France (for instance Leboncoin.fr), I often see keywords I'm not familiar with: T2 / T3 F1 / F2 / F3 / ... Studio Chambre de bonne I'm quite lost in what these ...
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Moving from France to the UK in September - taxes and tax breaks given the different years?

This is a specialisation of the How to handle moving between countries with different tax year dates question, for what seems like one of the specific edge cases from it. France uses calendar years ...
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French Post: What is the difference between “post export” and “lettre prioritaire” [closed]

I am sending small items, less than 50 grams, from France to the US mostly, and normally use "lettre Prioritaire" which takes 1-4 weeks for 1.78 Euro. I just sent something "post export" for 6.73 ...
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Obtaining a copy of the “attestation d'accueil”

My friends in France obtained and filled out the attestation d'accueil form which I need for my Schengen visa application, however they sent it via the postal service instead of scanning it in and ...
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Moving to France, American resident (Finnish Citizen who has never lived there)

I know I can technically move to France, but since I have not been living in the EU- is there anything I need to be aware of? For example, how to register as a resident, how to obtain public health ...
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Does anyone know about the “Carte de commerçant étranger”?

I'm looking at the Carte de commerçant étranger, a French long stay visa for those who are able to make their own business/living in France. I'm wondering if anyone on here has ever done this, how did ...
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Mobile carriers in France and how they work across the EU

I am planning to move to France and I am a bit curious, how do cellular carriers/networks operate in the European Union? If I have a mobile from Orange, will it stop working once I leave France? Is it ...
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Notarizing a signature for a document to be sent to the US (AZ) while in France

I need to get a certified copy of my Arizona driving record. This requires me to complete this form and send it to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (AZ MVD) along with a check. The form ...
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Ohio>Arizona>Germany>France driver's license conversion?

I originally took my driving test in Ohio at the age of 16 and received an Ohio license. While I was in college in Arizona, I converted that license to an Arizona one. Last year, I converted the ...
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Exchanging an American driving license for a French one

A friend of mine is a dual US / UK citizen, but did his driving test in the USA so holds an Ohio driving license. He has been living for some time now in France. Recently, he's been finding some ...
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Until what date do you have to pay rent in France when vacating a flat?

As I came to understand, when you are vacating a flat in France, there can be many key dates: The date on which you would like to leave, that you write in your letter, The actual date that ...
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My father is French can I get French citizenship?

My father was born in France (to French parents) and has a French passport. I am a 26yo Australian citizen. Can I get French citizenship? I have read a lot about it on various forums but was unable ...
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Postal Service in France

I am having a really tough time in France since my French is survivalist at best and that doesn't seem to work with locals. I thought I'd post this on expats.SE and hope that I receive help. ...
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Can a French national keep their life insurance when moving to the US?

Can a French national becoming a US resident legally keep their life insurance? Is there any legal restrictions, other than having to inform the bank and the IRS (because of FACTA)?
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U.S. student gaining citizenship in France?

I'm a U.S. citizen looking at studying in Europe. Right now France or Germany seem like the best/cheapest places (but open to suggestions!). I've had a few people tell me that if you graduate from a ...
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As a foreigner opening a first bank account in France, how long to get a cheque book?

Thanks to the answers in How to open bank account in France if I don't have address of residence yet, I think I now possess the required documents in order to open a French bank account. Yey! As ...
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What is a French landlord expecting when they ask for my “contrat de travail” if I work outside of France?

I've just arrived in France, and I'm looking to rent somewhere for the few months that I'll be here. Based on the answers in Finding short term shared accomodation in France (not Paris), I've managed ...
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Are there alternatives to a cheque for “caution” (deposit) when renting as a new arrival in France?

I've been in France a few days now, and I'm looking to rent somewhere (hotels etc being a little expensive for the long term). Having spoken with a few agents, they all seem to want a Euro denominated ...
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Financial aid while studying in France

I am going to study in Paris for a year (Erasmus). My sending institution will cover some part of my expenses but until I am able to find a job I will be living off my savings. Are there any ...
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Bound accounts in France and Canada

I am a resident in France and am considering moving back and forth to Canada in the next years. I currently have a bank account in France. I am looking for a bank that would offer an account in both ...
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Delay in Long Stay Visa Processing (for France)

I have a job offer (as researcher) from a lab in France. The offer was made on the 17th of Jan 2014 and I received the documentation (convention d'accueil) on the 17th of March 2014. I went ahead with ...
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As an EU citizen living in France, how can I register to vote (eg EU elections)?

As I understand it, as a citizen of another EU country living in France, I'm eligible to vote in some elections, but possibly not all. European Parliament elections should definitely be allowed, and ...
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Tracking French long stay visa application status online

I am looking to find a way to track my French long stay visa application. I had my visa interview/appointment on 3/24/2014 at the Consulate general of France in Chicago. From previous experiences ...
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If asked for ID in France by the police, as an EU national what is considered valid?

On the rare occasion when I've seen people in France challenged by the police about their identity, they've always seemed to show their Carte nationale d’identité sécurisée (CNIS). However, since I'm ...
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What do I need to do to move my pets with me to France?

I'm Israeli with a European citizenship (Romanian). I'm thinking of moving to France to live and work long-term. I also have 2 dogs that I would like to keep with me when I go. What is the ...
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How to find an English-speaking general practitioner in France?

I'm in need of a general practitioner visit and I'm in Paris. Is there any way to know which ones speak English, because it's quite uncommon that people speak English well here, and I don't have ...
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Using the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in France

I came from Denmark to France. I have Danish health insurance plus I have the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) from authorities in Denmark which is supposed to cover you overall in EU for your ...
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Finding short term shared accomodation in France (not Paris), from abroad before you move?

For my planned upcoming move to France, to somewhere other than Paris, I'm looking to find somewhere to live. Based on advice in a few of the other questions here, I'm thinking of finding a flat share ...
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How do I pay with a French cheque?

I am used to always pay with cash or credit card and I never had to pay with a cheque. I am not comfortable with it and I would like to know what are the parts I should fill, if I have to be very ...
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How to prove I am out of the country - Ministry of External affairs, India and Government of France

I was planning on posting this in the "chat" section but I thought maybe it is a worthwhile question. Here is some background I am an Indian citizen in the USA on an F1 visa. I have received a job ...
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How do I pay French taxes if I'm leaving the country before receiving the tax form?

I worked from April 2013 until now (March 2014) in France, but now I am moving abroad (to Italy). How can I pay my French taxes on revenue for 2013? What about 2014? I have not declared anywhere in ...
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Where do I file my tax when participating to the International Internship Programme (VIE) if non-French

International Internship Programme (VIE) is a type of contract that offers to many European citizens to work abroad. From the program description, you are officially employed by the French Ministry of ...
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When do I have to register for French taxes, if I'm a new arrival working in another EU country?

I'm currently thinking of moving to France, for something like 4-6 months, to try to get my French to a higher standard. This would only be a temporary move, and I'd remain employed in another EU ...
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How long can I drive a EU registered car in France for?

What are the rules around how long you can spend driving in France with a car that is registered elsewhere in the EU, before you have to go about taxing/registering/etc it? And does it make any ...
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How long can you live+drive in France before you have to change your EU driving license?

If you move to France, and hold a driving license from another EU country, how long can you drive in France on your existing license? Related - when that time is up, what is the process you then have ...
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As an EU national just moved to France, how do I get a “Attestation d'accueil” for a friend's visa?

I'd previously said to an Indian friend that they ought to come over and stay with me in the summer. At the time, I'd thought I'd be in the UK, and I'm fairly happy about how to go about helping them ...