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.

Welcome to our new website!

Find more information and opportunities for interaction throughout the pages. Browse the brand new web shop and enjoy a better mobile experience.

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.

"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.

Driving in France: how to get a French ‘permis de conduire’

Want to know how to get a French permis de conduire? It may depend on whether you have a Driving Licence or a Driver’s License! Read more in this comprehensive guide for English speakers on how to get a French driver’s license (permis de conduire).

Brexit Countdown: Advice for English Speakers in France

Two years on and many Britons in France are feeling very threatened by the outcome of the UK’s June 2016 referendum on leaving the EU. Brexit has not happened yet, and Renestance does not wish to join any political debate. However, as we help English-speakers moving to France from both inside and outside the EU, we want to provide accurate and helpful information to our British friends as the deadline draws closer.

French Bank Account: All you Need to Know to Open One

Have you heard about the famous Catch-22 in France where you need a bank account to rent housing but need an address to open an account? If you’re moving to France, this may be one of the first administrative hurdles you face. As our mission at Renestance is helping English-speakers live out their French dream, we often help them clear this obstacle early on.

Tooting the Renestance horn!

“School’s out!” The summer holidays have begun and the kids are on vacation. This weekend in France, voices across the nation will be singing ‘La Marseillaise’ and celebrating Bastille Day, a national holiday in France (‘la fête Nationale’) remembering a turning point of the French Revolution on 14 July 1789.

As immigrants, we celebrate this event with our new French friends, watch the impressive fireworks and enjoy the food and drink. It’s an annual reminder of some of the many things we love about France; the ‘joie de vivre’, the sense of community, the traditions and the deeply embedded history of a diverse and dynamic country we now call home.

Things to See and Do in Languedoc – Summer 2018

Summertime in Languedoc has arrived! Long sunny days and plenty of local fêtes, markets and evening celebrations take place throughout July and August (you may often see these advertised as “Soirées Estivales”)

From 14th July (Bastille day and a national holiday) France swings into holiday season with music, fireworks and plenty of food and drink. Over the next 6 weeks, and until the return to school (‘la rentrée’) on 3 September, you can expect many public services to be slower than usual, with many employees taking advantage of the long summer break. In addition, don’t forget that Wednesday 15 August is also a public holiday in France (‘Assomption’), often celebrated with a large village party the night before!

If you prefer not to sit on the beach or spend every day sitting by the pool, we’ve put together a list of a few ideas for things to do this summer – inside or out, for different ages and interests …

Moving Abroad – Real Life in France Tours

If you’ve ever taken a trip to a new destination and instantly fallen in love with a city – its skyline, its people, its energy – then you know that it can be tempting to consider packing up house and home and relocating to your new-found paradise. Except that it is not always that easy…


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