Removals to France

1st Ever Ready provide an award-winning international relocation and removals service for corporate, domestic and commercial clients, particularly specialising in France which is regularly served by our fleet. We are able to take full loads, part loads and single items to any part of France (especially Paris or the South of France). We offer the highest quality of service at the most competitive rates available.

We provide a part or full export wrapping and/or packing service for your effects for extra journey protection as well as short or long term storage both here and in France. You also benefit from our fully comprehensive 'goods in transit' insurance absolutely free of charge, to the value of 75,000, or any higher value (by arrangement) when required. We offer massively reduced rates for customers requiring removals from France back to the UK.

- So for more information, call us FREE now on 0800 281697 (or click here to enquire online) and one of our helpful and experienced staff will be able to assist you immediately!

For more information on the legal and social aspects of moving to France, visit the embassy website: UK Embassy in France

Removals to France: Local Knowledge

Location; Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK

Geography; 547,030 sq km, with 22 regions in France. The terrain is mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east.

Climate; generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north to north-westerly wind known as mistral.

Language; French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)

Currency; euro (EUR) on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries.

Religion; Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%

Economy and Jobs

Finding work; As France and the UK are both in the EU you do not need a work permit. You can apply for job vacancies and receive information and counseling from European (EURES) advisors at selected Job Centers before leaving the UK. UK nationals may also wish to use the French employment service (Agence Nationale pour l'Emploi-ANPE) to try to find employment.

Moving to France

Pets and Animals; Pet cats and dogs can travel from the UK via approved routes to a number of countries, including France, without undergoing quarantine - provided they meet the conditions of the Pet Travel Scheme. With other animals the health rules for taking animals between one EU country and another vary depending on the species of animal.

Cars: You are allowed to drive on "foreign" plates as a tourist for just three months. After three months, if you plan to stay, your vehicle will need a French number-plate. As a resident of France you have a month from the moment of obtaining your residence permit in which to re-register your "foreign" car. Thanks to the latest EU directive on driving licences, you can continue to drive on it until it expires.

Living In France

Renting; Don't buy, rent first. There are many reasons why it is wisest to try living in France before moving in for good. Up to half of "Brits" who go to live in France will be trying to leave within two years. Houses are of course, easiest to rent in the "off" season as well as being the best time to move to France to try out the life style. Renting in France is usually a good deal cheaper then in the UK.

Education; Decrees enacted in the 18th century have given France one of the most advanced systems of education and training in the world today. The vast majority of pupils attend schools, which are overseen by the Ministry of National Education. However, around 100,000 (suffering from various disabilities) go to special schools run under the aegis of the Ministry of Health, and 200,000 go to agricultural lycées (technical and vocational courses).

Money; France has high productivity per hour and a sophisticated social welfare system, but it also suffers from low labour force participation and high structural unemployment.
From 1997, France entered a phase of rapid growth. Domestic demand is particularly buoyant, thanks to a virtuous circle of job creation, renewed household confidence and increased disposable income. Business investment has also revived.

Health : The French health care system is one of the best in the world, offering high quality of services and being easily accessible at the same time. If France becomes the country of your residence, you will be covered by the state social security system which also includes health insurance. As a citizen of the UK, an EU country, and you are moving temporarily to France or looking for cover at the start of longer stay, you are automatically entitled to free basic health care in France due to reciprocal agreements among EU countries. The European Health Insurance Card replaces forms E111 and E111B, E110, E128 and E119.