If you are relocating to France soon or have already arrived: Welcome to France and to my Expat in France blog!


My aim is to help you settle in France, make the French red tape easier and understand better French culture to enjoy your new French life!

My name is Guillemette, a complicated old French name, but you can call me Guiga. If you want to know more about me, check out this page. In short, I’m a French serial expat and I have 10 years experience in helping expats all over the world. I’m a Global Mobility expert!


Practical information to start with


My 10 tips to prepare a stress-free expatriation

My 10 tips to pack your luggage for your expatriation

How to benefit from French healthcare?

How to open a bank account in France?

How to find a job in France as a non-French speaker?

Do I need to exchange my driving licence?

And as extra 😉 Faire la bise in France


I have also created a comprehensive free housing guide to help expats find rental accommodation and understand French rental market.

With this guide, you’ll be able to understand your rights as a tenant and the owner’s responsibilities. I also give you a step-by-step explanation to check if you can be entitled to CAF housing benefits because very few people know that it is not only for students! You will also find essential information to find a rental without a guarantor in France.

This guide is for every expat, the newcomers, the ones already settled but unsure about French real-estate rules, or just looking for more tips!



If you are looking for information on a specific topic, I advise you to go to the site map, where all my posts are classified by categories. Also if you have a suggestion of topics, you can email me at [email protected].