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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!

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.

Buying a Car. Buyer’s Remorse. Lessons Learned.

When my husband Phil and I moved to France, our plan was to buy a car after a couple of months. We knew we wanted an electric car, and not being fans of new cars, we wanted to buy used. I began researching online in February 2022, only to find that used EVs were rare, and nothing of interest was available. Our research had convinced us that a Hyundai Kona met all of our criteria, and by April, we’d resigned ourselves to buying a new car, so off we went to the dealership.

Free public transportation in France

In more and more cities in France, public transportation is becoming free. Some cities have free transport only on weekends and some are planning on providing a completely free transportation system over the coming years.

So how does it work and how can you benefit from it?

How will France’s Low Emission Zones impact you?

Due to the health and ecological concerns from fine particulates, the French government is moving forward with a mandatory, nationwide program, called the Zone à Faibles Emissions (ZFE) or Low Emissions Zones. These ZFEs have been designated in 35 urban areas to reduce pollutant emissions and improve air quality. The ZFE will be subjected to a certificate system and use a “Crit’Air” sticker to prove your vehicle’s emissions class. This program concerns all motorized vehicles: two-wheels, passenger cars, utility vehicles, buses, big rigs, etc.

How to declare your property to the French authorities by 30 June 2023

Usually at this time of year, we begin talking about income tax filings. But the French tax authority (le Fisc) has decided to spice things up and throw a new declaration into the mix. It concerns all property owners in France and must be filed by June 30, 2023 to avoid a €150 fine per property.

Finding a Home in France, Part One

When my husband Phil and I moved to Montpellier on January 22, 2022, the day after I retired from my U.S. healthcare career, we had a rough plan: wait a month or two before buying a car, make learning French our top priority, and rent a furnished apartment for the first year–both to give ourselves time to confirm Montpellier was where we wanted to be and decide whether to rent long-term or buy. As plans tend to do, ours morphed over time; we finally got a car a year later, our French is coming along VERY slowly, and we’ve had our lovely furnished apartment over a year now. 

Your Insider Guide To French Real Estate Jargon

So you’ve decided to take the leap and look for a nest in France? You’re about to embark on one heck of an adventure! We’ve put together this special insider guide to help you decipher the many ads you’ll see during your search. Whether you’re looking to purchase or to rent, the list below will help you feel confident whilst improving your French vocabulary!

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