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Living and working in France

Useful sites for people wishing to enter France to live and/or work:

SOS Net : Etrangers en France practical guide to residence and working formalities in France for non-French people
France diplomatie site in English or in French an official government site includes
Venir en France formalities for entry into France to visit, live, work or study
Organisation internationale pour les migrations
British in France "official website for the British in France" with lots of links to associations, clubs, societies etc. ["The British Community Committee represents the British Community in France. It acts as the umbrella organisation of British associations in France at national level. Founded in 1937."]
Association France-Grande-Bretagne "née en 1916, France-Grande Bretagne a pour vocation d'être un lieu d'échanges intellectuels et amicaux entre les ressortissants des deux pays. Elle s'efforce d'entretenir le dialogue de part et d'autre de la Manche par le moyen de rencontres, de débats,tout en assurant par des conférences une meilleure connaissance les uns des autres."
Languages work information portal supporting a wide range of products designed to show the value of languages in the workplace and beyond.
Practical tips for Visiting France on French Embassy USA site - see header 'Going to France' in topic bar
France Pratique for daily practicalities and 'démarches' of living in France Portal for the French citizen's information on and participation in public life.
Les Restos du Coeur the charity founded by Coluche to help the hungry and homeless. consulter votre convention collective, le Code du travail, les statuts de la fonction publique, les obligations de l'employeur, les prud'hommes, un lexique juridique ... [French employment law]
Invest in France Agency (UK) providing assistance to potential inward investors in France, with the aim of "making France Europe's leading destination for international investment". French Work placements service
Kissing in France Gory Bateson Sings his song "Telle est la Question" How to "faire la bise" or French kissing!

Jobs with languages: and specialist employment agency

Accommodation and property

Tout sur le logement étudiant en France deedicated site since 1997
De particulier à particulier ventes et locations immobilières: France's foremost private purchases and private let agency
Comprehensive Guides to buying property and living in France on a property-for-sale site claiming to be largest French property portal on the Internet (also contains other guides, e.g. on taxation, banking and letting out a property in France)
Monetos: Renting Property in France "Moving to France can be a daunting and difficult experience, as regulations, formalities and customs may differ from those known in the UK. This guide aims to give you all the information you need to make your move, and your search for accommodation, as smooth as possible." Also info on other West European countries.

Management and maintenance of your property in SW France:

Sites à la disposition des Expatriés

Assemblée des Français de l'étranger l'Assemblée représentative des quelque deux millions de Français établis à l'étranger
Consulat général de France à Londres/French Consulate General administre la communauté française du Royaume Uni et assure la protection des ressortissants, personnes physiques et morales de la France, conformément aux lois du Royaume Uni (passeports, visas, vote ...) French Chamber of Commerce in the UK
Maison des Français de l'étranger for French expatriates living and working abroad
FIAFE (Fédération Internationale des Accueils Français et francophones à l'étranger). Créée en 1984 à Paris, la FIAFE a pour objectif de promouvoir l'accueil français dans le monde en aidant à l'adaptation des Français et des francophones nouvellement arrivés dans le pays d'accueil. ("L'Ange Gardien des Expatriés") une socété de services "sur mesure" à la disposition des Expatriés (société privée) An expat community that helps to settle easily when moving or living abroad: Connect with expats, find information and tips about life abroad and meet fellow expatriates at InterNations events.
Newcastle-Accueil et son Café Rencontre pour tous les Français et Francophones de Newcastle et du Nord-Est: waiting to be revived since 2010
Cadet Rousselle French speaking baby/toddler playgroup in London for French speaking parents and bilingual families

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Tourism and Transport

Places and Maps

ViaMichelin Michelin maps from street to Europewide; English version European street map and route map finder - online maps of France
Toutenville became Orange's En Ville Local information on major French towns and cities
Quid encyclopaedia Le site est inaccessible depuis mars 2010
Nancy Tourist Office Nancy - twin town of Newcastle - see Newcastle City Council
Visit Newcastle Gateshead all the tourist needs to know, official
North-East-Lifestyle lastest news from around the North East on music, film, theatre, food, fashion, cars, business and holidays
Ville de Lyon official site
Paris: culture, leisure, tourism, Pariscope - What's On in Paris
Ville de Paris (Mairie), Paris: Office de Tourisme et des Congrès official city site
European Town Twinning-Jumelages
Villes Lintern@ute site: chiffres clé/useful links on all French towns

Transport - weather - currency

RATP - Paris Metro & buses, incl. Plans de quartier
French - SNCF - timetable, fares ... and National Rail UK rail timetable enquiries - Click Planning your journey
Air France flights; Air France flights departing from UK
Weather? Météo France; Météo-Paris
Converters The Interactive Currency Table : How to fill in a French cheque (or Spanish or German or UK)

Tourist guides & related sites

Rendez-vous en France (ex-Maison de la France Tourist Guide) aimed at French; Rendez-vous en France (ex-Maison de la France Tourist Guide for UK)
Paris Hotels
Cheaper accommodation i Paris for young people: Foyers de Jeunes Travailleurs (FJT)
FIAP Jean Monet
Foyer International d'Accueil de Paris (FIAP)
Foyer 44 Cherche-Midi for young women (Soeur Dominique LARCADE, Directrice) American Rachel Kaplan's travel site, based in Paris, specializes in exclusive, luxury private tours. Also covers tours in UK, Italy and US Guide to France: generally helpful to prospective travellers for holidays, study or business, includes online Dictionary of Modern France
What's on in Paris? cinema and theatre schedules
Tour of Paris by night Framboise's view of Paris by night Click on link & scroll horizontally, 360 degrees wrap-around rooftop view
Paris-Insider some useful tips for tourists and links to lots of hotels and other commercial sites. Great photos.
France in Images Tennessee Bob's links to French image banks and image search engines
France in 1000s of pictures of regions, cities, towns, and villages of France (copyright Hedley Grenfell-Banks) - see his
hgbservices for Hedley's travel books, articles, talks and photos of France. travel site: easy to use with good hints to help the traveller/visitor to get around and discover a wide range of French culture from food and wine to art, language and good manners.
Wines of France
A.F.Touch Cuisine French foods and gastronomy, 2600 selected restaurants, 125 French specialities, free chef recipes ...
National Thalassotherapy federation
France Today "The Magazine of French Culture & Travel"
Paris vs New York Citycomparative culture and design site
Parisrama webcam clear views of Tour Eiffel, Tour Montparnasse and weather; Webcams France; Webcams Paris (some here no longer current)
Corsica : Independent guides to the popular and historic Corsican town of Bonifacio and to the stylish and fashionable Mediterranean resort of Porto Vecchio, including reviews, beaches, day trips, images and video.
Property management and maintenance in SW France: a new Free Classified ads website for expats (the site is in English). Items must be for sale in France.

Walking tours: Walking Languedoc "themed self-guided walking tours in Languedoc and Provence France with a pay-as-you-go approach to hotels, car hire and luggage transfers"
Regordane Info Anglo-French portal of Le Chemin Saint-Gilles : LePuy en Velay to le Gard, the once important pilgrimage route
The Enlightened Traveller "designs original self-guided and group walking tour packages, plus opportunities for active learning, recreation and regeneration in Languedoc and in Provence"
Dordogne Guide helpful Blog for holidaymakers in the Dordogne

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Telephone numbers, post codes, small ads ...

Want to look up a French telephone number or address?
Try or: L'Annuaire Electronique: Les Pages jaunes (includes Les Pages blanches)
Want to look up a French post code? International phone search French site with similar aims to Friends Reunited, but with more ads.

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Academic Associations and Mailing lists

Francofil discussion list for university French Studies in UK
AFLS Association for French Language Studies, and afls-news mailing list
ALL - Association for Language Learning a major UK subject association for teachers of foreign languages.
The French Review official journal of the American Association of Teachers of French
ASMCF Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France; see ASMCF link list and resources list
Association of University Language Centres

france-media, and FMRG (ex-NMRG) French Media Research Group
Society for French Studies and New! its links to French studies associations and journals
Seventeenth Century French Studies,
Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, and its online journal Dix-Neuf
Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

New! Association France-Grande-Bretagne "née en 1916, France-Grande Bretagne a pour vocation d'Ítre un lieu d'échanges intellectuels et amicaux entre les ressortissants des deux pays. Elle s'efforce d'entretenir le dialogue de part et d'autre de la Manche par le moyen de rencontres, de débats,tout en assurant par des conférences une meilleure connaissance les uns des autres."
AUPHF Association of University Professors of French
University Council for Modern Languages UCML
Australian Society for French Studies ASFS
BCLA British Comparative Literature Association
The Canadian Modern Language Review/La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes "has evolved from a journal containing mainly classroom-based teaching strategies and resources to a Canada-wide, bilingual, refereed scholarly publication of national scope and international repute"
New! Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande
New! MLA - Modern Language Association of America

H-France American based, associated with Society for French Historical Studies, contains on-line academic reviews, news and other resources of use to researchers in French studies
French History Oxford Journals
Historians of Early Modern France "An International Scholarly Exchange" Site off-line 2014
Society for the Study of French History UK and SSFH's Links to resources incl. David Andress's materials on the French Revolution and Terror
Society for French Historical Studies North America; " founded 1956, a permanent organization of historians of France promoting scholarly work in any and all aspects of French history."; its journal New! French Historical Studies
Western Society for French History (USA) "Founded 1974, seeks to promote the study of French and Francophone history."

Francofil discussion list for university French Studies in UK
JISCmail the National Academic Mailing List Service - it provides infrastructure for electronic mailing lists for learning, teaching and research communities on every subject.

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Libraries and Book Shops (incl. on-line book shops)

Important French Library sites
La Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Bn-Opale plus);
New! La Bibliographie nationale française La Bibliographie nationale française rassemble les notices bibliographiques des documents édités ou diffusés en France, et reçus par la BnF au titre du dépôt légal; and
New!Catalogue collectif de France (CCFr) - regroupe les notices de 3900 bib. publiques (documents imprimés ET manuscrits).
BPI la Bibliothèque publique d'information, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Grenoble Academic Library Resources and search consolidated catalogue Odysée
SIBEL Catalogue des bibliothèques francophones (ENSSIB) French University and Public Libraries searchable catalogues
New! bibliothèques numériques Educnet propose une excellente sélection commentée de liens
New! Le catalogue en ligne du patrimoine culturel numérisé décrit les collections numérisées et les productions multimédia associées (site internet, dévédérom, cédérom...). [ le volet français du projet européen Michael] (French cultural ministry site)
The two following sites include electronic versions of French language texts Google Books the controversial Google electronic copying project
Project Gutenberg "Our books are free in the United States because their copyright has expired. They may not be free in other countries."

Other library sites:

Newcastle University Library home and search catalogue and/or log in to account
New! Newcastle City Libraries Online library catalogue, virtual library and users'accounts
New! Edinburgh City Libraries
New! New York Public Library

Archives and French associations for archivists, librarians, records managers, documentalistes

New! Direction des Archives de France: Ressources en ligne accès direct à des documents d'archives numérisés, outils de recherche au sein des fonds d'archives, expositions ou publications virtuelles. Vous y trouverez également une liste des services d'archives ayant numérisé et mis en ligne des documents

L'association des directeurs de bibliothèques départementales de prêt (ADBPD)
ABES Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Supérieur
L'association des bibliothécaires de France,
ADBS - L'association des professionnels de l'information et de la documentation,
L'Association des archivistes français (AAF)
Portail français du Records Management AFNOR & ADBS
Le Blog de Geneviève Le Blanc

Union Library catalogues

COPAC (academic and national library catalogue) Search UK research library consolidated catalogues
The European Library Gateway to Europe's Libraries [ex-Gabriel]
The British Library Portico
National Library of Scotland (the Library has extensive French holdings)
National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth)
New York Public Library one of the best research libraries in USA

How do you reference web information sources?
Citing Electronic Sources (IPL - The Internet Public Library)

Online Bookshops

French Internet Booksellers: Chapitre.Com,, L'Ex-Libris, Decitre (Lyon),
Librairie Descours spécialisée dans le livre d'art et d'esthétique
Librairie Tekhne specialist communications & media bookshop, Paris - OFF-LINE 2009, recently re-purchased
French Book News (French Book Attaché French Embassy in London)

Other: worldwide coverage or for UK focus, and
Blackwell's Online Bookshop, and Waterstone's Online
Grant & Cutler at Foyles Foreign Language Booksellers
Sports Books Direct

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List of Universities in France with map & links to their sites (French HE Ministry site)
New! Lists of addresses of French universities, IUTs, Grandes Ecoles etc with links to their sites (French HE Ministry site)
Le Grand Répertoire des centres de FLE French University courses for French as a Foreign Language
Université d'Angers
Université Stendhal Grenoble
Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Sciences Po Lyon (IEP de Lyon)
New! Université de Lorraine and la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Lorraine ( Nancy-Metz)
Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour
University of London Institute in Paris formerly British Institute in Paris

thèses Lyon 2 pionnière dans l'archivage et la diffusion électroniques des résultats de la recherche scientifique, Lyon 2 met en ligne sa 1000ème thèse électronique - l'intégralité des thèses de doctorat soutenues à Lyon 2 depuis l'an 2000; and
formerly "un service d'archive ouverte à destination des étudiants avancés et des chercheurs. Qu'il s'agisse de mémoires, d'articles, de communications lors de colloques, de travaux inédits ou de textes publiés, chacun de ces documents fait partie du patrimoine scientifique de l'Université qu'il s'agit de transmettre au plus grand nombre dans le respect des normes de diffusion en vigueur." now part of site below:
HAL - Hyper Articles en Ligne L'archive ouverte pluridisciplinaire HAL, est destinée au dépôt et à la diffusion d'articles scientifiques de niveau recherche, publiés ou non, et de thèses, émanant des établissements d'enseignement et de recherche français ou étrangers, des laboratoires publics ou privés.

UK Universities

Sensitive Map of UK University sites one click to any UK University site (with new techology since 2010) - includes quick links to UCAS profile, RAE and TQA results etc for each university
Durham University School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Newcastle University School of Modern Languages and Newcastle University Alumni News
New! Edinburgh University School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
New! Heriot Watt University Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies
New! CIUTI - Conférence Internationale permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes "oldest and most prestigious international association of university institutes with translation and interpretation courses".

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