The Foreigner’s guide to French politics

Known as ‘The Fifth Republic’, the French political system is a mixed presidential/parliamentary system with a President who is head of state, sharing power with a Prime Minister who is the head of government. The French as a nation are very fond of politics so, if you plan to spend any time . . . → Read More: The Foreigner’s guide to French politics

Is moving to France really for you?

Have you considered the practicalities?

If this is going to be a permanent move, it means that there are many emotions involved so it is vital to put some of these aside. It is great to have a dream but it needs to be based on reality for your move to work long-term. For . . . → Read More: Is moving to France really for you?

The climate in the foothills of the Pyrénées

Often when I tell people that we live in the foothills of the Pyrenees, they tend to assume that we are snowbound for much of the winter. Generally they are amazed to discover that, despite the fact that our village is less than 50 kilometres from the nearest ski resort, we actually . . . → Read More: The climate in the foothills of the Pyrénées

The French Economic Paradox

BlaBlaTractor – car sharing in the Ariège

Traditional stereotypes of France are being turned on their heads: France is not the biggest producer of cheese in the world (that’s the US) nor does it boast the greatest number of varieties of cheese (that’s the UK). In fact, the latest ‘French Paradox’ has nothing to . . . → Read More: The French Economic Paradox