Insurance in France

How to be prepared for a storm

Thunderstorms and other violent storms including lightning can be a frightening experience – and are becoming increasingly frequent during the summer. In May 2018, France had the greatest number of lightning strikes in one month alone for nearly two decades. Last month, June also experienced record rainfall and flooding in several parts of the country, …

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What’s the inspiration behind your pet’s name?

The choice of name for your pet dog or cat probably says a lot about your own personality as well as that of our furry friends, don’t you agree? For the majority of us, a pet is a valued member of the family which means that most animal owners will take great care in deciding …

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How many ways are there to talk about dying?

Did you know that there are more than 100 expressions which relate to dying in the English language? Fading away…giving up the ghost… gone to a better place… have one foot in the grave. These are just a few of the euphemisms that we use in everyday life. Yet sadly, death is something which we …

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How do I change my French insurance contract?

Did you know that in France it’s now easy to cancel or change your insurance contract? That’s right: if you are unhappy with your insurance provider or want to shop around for a better deal before renewing, you are able to do so. What’s more, we can help you to do this… we’ll take away …

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3 inspiring places to visit in 2018

Where do you most want to visit in the world? The American writer Mark Twain loved to travel and encouraged others to Explore, Dream and Discover. So here are three places that may inspire you to explore some new destinations around the globe next year: 1. Cuba. White sandy beaches, small tucked away towns, impressive …

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Do I really need French top up health insurance?

French top up health insurance is an important part of your life in France. Everyone’s health and personal circumstances are of course different. Some people rarely need to go to the dentist apart from an occasional check-up, do not have to wear glasses or rarely visit their doctor. So if your health feels fine, the …

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International or French school: what’s best for your child?

Deciding on the best schooling for their child is crucially important for all parents. For those who have recently moved to France or are considering it, there are some differences between the French educational system and other countries; below are a few points to think about. Children are entitled to receive a free education in …

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At what stage do you need to have home insurance in France?

You’ve discovered your dream home in France … and your offer has been accepted. But at what stage do you need to have home insurance in France in place? Household insurance policies in France are generally multi-risk; that means they include contents and buildings as well as third party liability. Your home is one of …

How to get into the French healthcare system

How to get into the French healthcare system?

If you are living in France or you are considering moving to the country and have made no financial arrangements for your healthcare, then this concerns you. In 2016 France introduced a new universal healthcare system called PUMA with the intention of simplifying access.  The cost of French healthcare is met by a mix of …

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Do I need a smoke alarm for my home insurance to be valid?

In France it is a legal requirement to have at least one smoke detector fitted in your residential property. The law was introduced in 2015 to encourage a higher uptake in French households of smoke detectors – and ultimately to save lives. A smoke detector must conform to the required standards (European standard NF EN …

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European Accident Statement / Car Insurance Claims

If you should have a collision in France, you will need to fill out a “constat amiable” (translated as a “friendly observation”). This document is supplied by your insurance company and is normally found in your glove compartment. The document can be slightly intimidating. A copy in English can be seen here : http://www.insurancefrance.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/European-Accident-Statement.pdf Since …

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Seeking advice and support on health matters in France

During our lives, there will sometimes be situations when we will need the support, advice and guidance of others. This could be as a result of personal health issues or because a member of our family, our spouse or a friend is experiencing difficult circumstances. When we speak French fluently, this may not feel as …