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Live out your French dream

Thinking about building a new nest in France but don’t know where to start? Is it even the right plan for you? This questionnaire can help you in your contemplation.

Already in France? So are we!

Whether you need bilingual assistance with administrative issues or a larger project, Renestance’s renesting experts can help you.

Check out our blog

We regularly post new articles about various subjects pertaining to living in France: finances, health, language.

Stay informed and get some insiders tips in the process!

"La belle vie!"

Renestance makes it easy
Our team of bilingual experts have been living the French dream for decades. Let us help you bring all the elements together so you can, too.

Renestance – Your Swiss Army knife for settling into French life.

Wherever you are in the process

Renestance has the savoir-faire and connections to help


Wondering about moving to France?

We can provide tailored research and advice to help you determine whether your dream can turn into reality.

Try our custom Migration Consultation. Let us help you plan a Regional Reconnaissance* trip.

*Available in Occitanie for now. More regions to come.

Planning the dream

You’ve decided to take the leap? We can help with your next steps, like fulfilling visa requirements and taking off with peace of mind. Benefit from personal consulting or liaison work on the ground in France with our Lifeline Support service.

If you’ll be landing in the Languedoc area, we can help you find housing or provide you with the complete New Nest settling-in package.

Living the dream

Are you already living in France? If you need some help with a large project, like starting a business or moving house, our bilingual team can provide support to ease the process.

We can also assist with the famous French bureaucracy, whether you’re applying for a Carte Vitale, exchanging a driver’s license, or renewing your residency permit. Check out the Information and Assistance pages to see how we can help you.

Renestance can guide you

At each stage, you need access to Information, Assistance, and Community

Need answers to your burning questions?

Renestance has done the digging and written up the answers for you. We regularly report on information that affects you – tips and tricks for daily life in France, health, housing, cultural events, expat life, legal/fiscal changes in France, learning French, etc.

Consult our blog or e-books in the NEW SHOP.

Sit back and relax while the experienced Renestance team steps in. Get individual consulting or assistance with French administration anywhere in France. We can consult on a wide variety of subjects like making the move, cost of living, real estate, language learning, French culture, pursuing your passions, and making social connections.

Hire us for house-hunting and regional discovery in the Languedoc area.

You don’t have to do it alone. Join the community of English-speakers in France – learn from their mistakes and make some new friends.

Tap into Renestance’s partner network of reliable professionals who speak your language.

Public Holidays in France 2022

Time to look forward to the New Year and some useful dates for your 2022 calendars!

Below we have listed public holidays and some events in France, plus some other key events in the Languedoc area. You can download our free ‘year view’ calendar below!


  • Saturday 1: Public holiday – New Year’s Day
  • Monday 3: Back to school *
  • Thursday 6: Epiphanie (Galette des Roi)
  • Wednesday 12: Winter sales goes on until February 8
  • Sunday 23: Carnaval Limoux (ends on April 3)


  • Wednesday 2: Chandeleur (candlemas)
  • Sunday 20: Winter Holidays * (ends Sunday March 6)


  • Tuesday 1: Mardi Gras
  • Sunday 20: Montpellier Marathon
  • Sunday 27: Daylight saving time begins


  • Tuesday 12: Escale à Sete (ends on April 18)
  • Sunday 17: Easter Sunday
  • Monday 18: Easter Monday
  • Sunday 24: Spring Holidays* (ends on May 8)


don’t forget your income tax declarations will be due this month!

  • Sunday 1: Public Holiday – Labour Day
  • Sunday 8: Public Holiday- Victory Day
  • Thursday 26: Public Holiday- Ascension Day


  • Monday 6: Public Holiday – Whit Monday
  • Tuesday 21: Fête de la Musique
  • Wednesday 22: Summer sale (ends on July 19)


  • Friday 1: Tour de France begins (ends 24 July)
  • Tuesday 5: Festival de Carcassonne (ends on July 31)
  • Friday 8: Summer Holidays * (ends on August 31)
  • Thursday 14: Public holiday – Bastille Day


  • Thursday 11: Féria de Béziers (ends on August 15)
  • Monday 15: Public Holiday – Assumption Day


  • Thursday 1: La Rentrée, Back to school
  • Saturday 17: Journées européennes du patrimoine (ends on September 18)


  • Saturday 15: Deadline for Taxe Foncière payments (ends on October 21)
  • Sunday 23: La Toussaint School Holidays* (ends on November 6)


  • Tuesday 1: Public Holiday – All Saint’s Day
  • Friday 11: Public Holiday – Armistice Day


don’t forget your CFE tax declaration will be due this month!

  • Sunday 18: Christmas Holidays* (ends on January 2, 2023)
  • Sunday 25: Public Holiday – Christmas Day

As a partial or full-time resident in France, if you are unclear about your French tax obligations please contact us and we can put you in touch with an advisor for your particular circumstances.

* Dates shown are for schools in Montpellier area, Zone C (https://vacances-scolaires.education).

If you are hosting or would like to suggest any other community events to add to this list, please do add them in the comments below!

Click the image below to get your free copy of our Year View Planner!

8 common clichés about France and the French

Much as we may not like to admit it, clichés do have a hint of truth about them, which is why comedians and cartoons love stereotypes! For example

In heaven: the mechanics are German,
the chefs are French,
the police are British,
the lovers are Italian,
and everything is organized by the Swiss.

In hell: the mechanics are French,
the police are German,
the chefs are British,
the lovers are Swiss,
and everything is organized by the Italians.

We thought we’d take a closer look at some classic French clichés and just how much truth lies behind the stereotype!

Loving Languedoc – 10 Top Instagram Accounts to Follow

Instagram is one of the biggest social media platforms around. No matter what your interests may be, it’s a source of inspiration and can even lead to finding a new group of friends. Common subjects to be found on Instagram include travel, lifestyle, fashion, food, wine – in fact all the things we love here in Languedoc!

Autumn Dates and Tax Deadlines in France

In this article we take a quick look at events in the calendar for autumn, and some important reminders for property tax.

Renesting in France Webinars 2021 – Meet the Presenters!

The annual Renesting in France Seminar will be taking place online 8-9 November!

Design your French Home to Fit your Home Culture

One of the ways we help people relocate to France is to help them create and feather a ‘new nest’. If you are trying to settle into a new way of life, we want you to feel at home as quickly as possible. Introducing some touches of your home culture to the decor can keep you connected to your roots. With this in mind we can help out with furniture orders or delivery, installation of utilities, even buying towels or linens, pots and pans.

Every one of us in the Renestance Team have moved to France bringing a piece of our home culture to our French ‘nests’. If you would like to do the same, take a look at this article below for a few tips and ideas.

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