Removals France

We have moved many of our customers to France and we would be glad to design a France removal service directly tailored to your needs.

We have been moving our customers to/from France for many years and our France removals experience is second to none.

We also provide return collections, so if you’re moving back to the UK from France, then we can also help, whether that’s a full or part load.

Why Choose Armishaws for your removals to France?
Armishaws Removals provides removal and relocation services to all regions within France. Our French removal services can include:

• An Individually designed removal package to suit your needs
• Collection from anywhere in the UK or worldwide
• Any items, no matter how large or small
• Full loads or part loads
• A full survey by one of our European Removal Specialists

We provide removal and relocation services to all regions within France, including:
Brest, Brittany, Burgundy, Charente, Cote d’Azur, Dijon, Dordogne, Grenoble, Languedoc, Lille, Limoges, Loire, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Normandy, Marseilles, Perpignan, Poitou-Charente, Provence, Rouen, The Alps, Toulon, Toulouse, and many more.

For Free Advice and a Quotation call Freephone +44 (0)1963 34065

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France Facts

France is certainly a country of diversity, with well over half the population having a foreign background. This makes France an interesting and constantly changing place to live. However, its not only the French population which is diverse, the country’s geography is also extremely varied, considering its size.

Top Facts

Capital: Paris
Official Language(s): French
Population: 65,000,000
Area: 674,843 km², (260,558 sq mi )
Currency: Euro (€), Franc (CFP)
Calling Code: +33


  • France has a variety of landscapes from the coastal plains in the north and west to the mountain range of the Alps on the south-east.
  • Mont Blanc, which is the highest point in western Europe is also located in France, on its border with Italy.
  • The climate of the Alps and over mountainous areas within France is mainly alpine in nature.
  • The more low lying and coastal areas in the south experience warmer, more Mediterranean weather.
  • It is this weather that attracts tourists to this area of France and makes it an ideal location to live.
  • Other areas of France people choose to move to are separate from the mainland, in colonels in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.


  • The school year starts in September, and finishes for the long summer holidays in July
  • The school week is 24 hours long
  • The school day hours vary between regions but is generally 08:30-16:30 with two breaks
  • Mothers’ help, crèches, kindergartens and nursery schools fall outside the official school system
  • École Maternelle is comparable with nursery school or kindergarten in anglophone countries. While not compulsory it is considered essential in preparing a child for school
  • Children who are two at the rentrée – the start of the new school year in September – are accepted provided they are sufficiently mature and “socialised”
  • École élémentaire is the equivalent of primary, junior or elementary school in anglophone countries. For ages 6 to 11, these deliver the beginning of compulsory education
  • Secondary education is broken into two phases – college (11 to 15) and lycee (15 to 18)
  • As with the elementary schools, registeration must be made at the local Mairie by June, or sooner if a child is to be schooled outside of the commune of residence


  • French health insurance (sécurité sociale) has traditionally been available to everyone resident in France
  • This includes: French national or foreigner, whether salaried, working as an independent artisan or professional, unemployed or retired
  • Most qualify for the state health insurance (sécurité sociale)
  • Expatriates who have come to live in France need to prove their income to CPAM (French Health Insurance Advice Line). This is can done with a French tax return
  • To join French social security – visit a local CPAM office – or arrange a meeting with a Social Security officer making a regular visit to the local Mairie – and ask for affiliation
  • Once affiliated to the social security system, a Carte Vitale (green card) is issued – it gives evidence of membership and rights to French health insurance – an affiliation to CPAM
  • In an emergency call for an ambulance on 112
  • CNAM – French Health Service English-language service – Tel 08 20 90 42 12
  • Foreigners in France will find English-speaking general practitioners, dentists and opticians in most large cities

Working in France

  • Indeed, every EU citizen has the right to freely live, look for a job, work, and retire in any Member State of the European Union (which includes France)
  • Being able to work anywhere within the EU is a freedom and an advantage, and it provides the opportunity for improving your living and working conditions
  • EU citizens, working in another EU Member State, have the right to membership in trade unions of the host country
  • To help find a job visit the Pole Emploi (Job Centre), which can be found in every town. To find out more, ring 0033177863949.
  • In France, the legal length of the working week is 35 hours in all types of companies. The working day may not exceed 10 hours
  • Furthermore, employees may not work for more than 4½ hours without a break
  • Workers are then entitled to two-and-a half working days’ leave for each month worked, i.e. five weeks of paid leave per year worked
  • Maternity leave – 16 weeks per child
  • Since 1 July 2009, the SMIC (minimum wage) has stood at EUR 8,82 gross per hour (EUR 6.93 net) which is EUR 1 337.70 gross per month (EUR 1 050.63 net) for a 35-hour week

Driving in France

  • Drive on the right in France
  • It is compulsory to wear a seat belt front and rear (if fitted)
  • Mobile phones may not be used while driving; a “hands free” system is allowed
  • It is compulsory to carry a driving licence, car registration papers and insurance documents. These must be the original documents; keep copies separately
  • By law, one red warning triangle and one high-visibility waistcoat/vest must be carried in a vehicle
  • Bicycles are allowed to turn right on a red light, if signage indicates it is allowed
  • The drink driving limit is 0.5 grams per litre
  • Vehicle tax is not required for privately-used cars
  • In event of an accident call the police (Tel 17)
  • Winter driving in the mountains of France – particularly the French Alpine regions and the Pyrénées – can involve snow and ice conditions

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