Birth certificates, taxes and Parisian living: Essential articles for life in France

Why your birth certificate matters in France, the cost of living in Paris, cutting tax and food bills, and preparing for Christmas and the World Cup - here are six must-read articles for anyone living in France

Birth certificates, taxes and Parisian living: Essential articles for life in France
Paris is notoriously expensive to live in. Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

In France, birth certificates are important documents that are necessary for several different administrative processes. For foreigners, this can come as a bit of a shock – particularly when they are asked for an ‘acte de naissance’ issued within the last six months. Here’s how it all works.

Birth certificate: Why you need it in France and how to request one

Paying ‘Taxe foncière’ is a part of homeowning life in France – but, if you’ve built your dream home, made certain renovations, or you are older, disabled or on a low income, you may be entitled to a reduction or an exemption. We explain the various routes to a possible tax cut…

Taxe foncière: How you could pay less French property tax

Speaking of property, moving to Paris is a dream for many, but while the city has the best employment opportunities in France it is also notoriously expensive – we take a look at the income level you are likely to need to live here.

How much money do I need to live in Paris?

And speaking of cutting costs – with rising inflation and cost of living, many people in France are desperate to keep their grocery bill low. Here are a few tips for how to avoid paying too much for food, drink and other everyday items.

7 tips to save money on your food shopping in France

Even if you’re able to put an offer down now, you won’t be moving in until 2023, and there’s the small matter of the festive season to deal with. With Christmas just a few weeks away, here’s what you need to know about sending gifts between France and the UK, America, Canada, Australia, and Ireland.

What you should know about sending packages to and from France at Christmas

Football fans will be well aware that there’s a World Cup kicking off in Qatar on Sunday. If you’ve decided not to boycott the competition, you may wonder how you can catch all the matches. It’s a good question because not all matches will be broadcast on domestic free-to-air French TV channels.

How you can watch 2022 World Cup games on French TV

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Markets, pests and public transport: 6 essential articles for life in France

From Constitutional changes to Christmas markets, via Paris transport issues, pest control and festive strikes - here are half-a-dozen must-read articles for life in France.

Markets, pests and public transport: 6 essential articles for life in France

Lawmakers in the French parliament voted to add the right to abortion to the constitution in response to recent changes in the United States and Poland. But how easy is it to amend the Constitution in France? We explain…

Can France’s Constitution be changed to add the right to abortion?

France’s former Prime Minister Jean Castex is set to take charge of Paris’s RATP transport network and says he ‘looks forward’ to the job ahead – here are 10 of the biggest challenges he faces.

The 10 problems with Paris transport system France’s ex-PM must deal with

Speaking of transport issues in the capital – are e-scooters an essential new part of the Paris’ transportation landscape or a dangerous menace to pedestrians and motorists alike? Readers of The Local weighed in on whether the city should ban rental schemes.

Inherently unsafe’ – Why Paris readers want e-scooter rental schemes banned

You may not want to think about them, but pests (of the animal and fungal kind) are a common part of the experience of living in France, particularly in the cities – here’s what you need to know if you have unwelcome visitors in your home.

Bedbugs, mice, and mould: How to handle infestations in your French home

Let’s move on to happier thoughts – sort of. Christmas time; mistletoe and strikes… for the past two Christmases strict Covid-19 rules prevented many people from travelling. This year that isn’t an issue, but there are strikes, service reductions and high ticket prices to contend with.

Strikes, prices and services – what you need to know about Christmas travel to France

But, once you’re in France, you do get to enjoy a proper seasonal spectacle as, towns and cities across France get into the festive spirit. Here’s our list of go-to seasonal markets, fetes and fairs.

14 of the best Christmas markets in France in 2022