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Haute Savoie is a dynamic and bustling region with a diverse economy. With a very low unemployment rate compared to the rest of the country, its provides several opportunities to expatriates, particularly in the services and tourism sectors.

Bordered by Switzerland and Italy, Haute Savoie will charm you by its splendid natural landscapes of the Mont-Blanc range. By moving there, you will also enjoy ski and trekking.

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Nationals of the EU- EEA can live, work or set up a business in France with very few formalities and full access to the labour market. Some restrictions apply to several types of jobs and trades such as jobs in the army and in the legal sector. Given the high unemployment rate in France, the French government seeks to preserve its national labour market from foreign workers. Therefore, finding a job in France can be challenging for non-French or non-European citizens.

If you are planning to move to France, you are probably wondering whether you need a visa or not. In general, foreign nationals require a visa to travel to France, unless they come from the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland.

Moving to France with a pet is a relatively straightforward and streamlined process. The French Ministry of Agriculture sets out a clear set of guidelines regarding the processes involved as well the types of animals which can be brought into France. One essential point to bear in mind is that many breeds allowed in certain parts of the world are banned, so be sure to check beforehand whether it will be possible for you to bring your pet over before making a firm commitment to moving to France.

Whether you intend to move to France for a few months or indefinitely, you will find yourself immersed in a country defined by its diversity, culture and history. In recent years, accessing France has become easier, through the development of visa schemes for entrepreneurs and by the profusion of opportunities for those who are highly-skilled. Being part of the Schengen zone is also a strong selling point for France, since a single visa can now allow you to discover a whole host of destinations including Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal, to name just a few.

The greater Toulouse area covers around 120km² and is served by a comprehensive transportation network, which includes buses, a subway and tramways. The city's large student population and vibrant nightlife have also given rise to an efficient night bus system, so rest assured that you will not be left stranded after a long night out.

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Le Franco Phoney

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All things French as seen by an outsider.

Emily in France

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A blog of my adventures and experiences as an American expat currently living in a small town in the French Alps. I began my journey in January of 2006, leaving Northern California and arriving in a country where I didn't know the language. I suppose it's about time I learn.

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The European Dream: Chelsea in London!

Chelsea has been living in London for just over a year now but she has been dreaming about this life since she was a little girl. Europe has always been Chelsea's place to be. Our American girl documents her life abroad on her blog The Portable Wife.

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