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Relocating, retiring to Languedoc, France - some advice
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Advice on relocating and retiring to Languedoc and France


If you have plans to come and live in Languedoc-Roussillon (or indeed any other part of France), this information is for you. We have written it specifically with our region, the Languedoc, in mind, but much of what you’ll read within this section can be applied to France as a whole.


Moving to France can be fantastically exciting - the start of a whole new life chapter. It can also be incredibly stressful (we know because we’ve done it before). The secret to a (relatively) painless, successful move is preparation (“fail to prepare and you prepare to fail”, as they say).


Naturally, you’ll need to be ready for some ups and downs. Transplanting yourself – and perhaps a partner and/or family members – into a brand new context is unlikely to be plain sailing all the way.


But by reading the information contained here and on other parts of this site, you are equipping yourself with essential background. This way, when problems do arise, the chances are you will have anticipated them, and will have an idea how to tackle them or where to turn for help.


If you have questions once you’ve finished reading, try our Languedoc Forum (many of the most commonly asked questions about moving to France and living in Languedoc are covered here.


And if that fails, you can always post your own question on the Forum, or email us direct.


We hope you’ll feel encouraged and inspired to make the move to France. Wherever you choose, be it Languedoc-Roussillon or another location, we wish you…


Bon courage!

The Crème de Languedoc team.



Want a bit of bedside reading? The following books come highly recommended by us. You can buy them from the Crème de Languedoc bookshop.

Retiring to France

In a recent survey, 24% of Brits said they were seriously considering leaving the UK to avoid the economic slowdown, and according to figures from the Office of National Statistics, some 85,000 families decided to quit the UK for a new life abroad in 2008.

So in the face of this “last one out, please turn off the lights” trend, here are seven of the most commonly-cited “move motivators”.

Is Languedoc always sunnier and warmer?
Does France really offer a better quality of life?
In what ways is France better for your health?
Are French schools better or worse?
The pros and cons of escaping to France to 'start over'.
How much more will you get for your money?
8 things that people relocating often get wrong - and for which they end up paying a high price.

The information contained within these pages is written to help Brits and other anglophones hoping to set up home in Languedoc, France.

Rather than inundate readers with reams of detail, we’ve boiled it right down and flagged up the main things you’ll need to think about before jumping ship!

Where to life? How to integrate? Basic paperwork?
issues surrounding moving your car to Languedoc
The benefits and how to sign up
Are French schools better or worse?
Getting your money in and out - and the tax system
What you need to know about the French school system
Advice on retiring to France - everything from health to money matters to property.
Get the low-down on the basics before you make the leap.
Find out more about the options and potential issues of buying a property for your retirement in Languedoc
Re-location & Retirement Case Studies
Real-life stories from real people who've chucked it all in and moved to Languedoc.
The plucky Pendrys left the UK in 2006 with their young children to set up home in Languedoc’s Pyrenees.
Creative couple Peter and Debrah left London to bring boutique-hotel chic to the Languedoc town of Carcassonne.
Retired couple David and Sheila Brown moved to the Languedoc village of Fitou (Aude) in 2001.



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