Country in Western Europe known for food, culture, and architecture, with a Mediterranean coast and Paris as its capital and largest city.

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As an EU national, if you live in France for a few months, what are the rules around registration / tax / etc?

Within the EU, for EU nationals, there is a right to freedom of movement, which (slightly simplified) means you can visit, live and work in any other EU country. Depending on the country you go to, ...
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Which scenic road to take to the south of France?

We want to drive to the south of France, by avoiding Paris. Since we will be traveling with small children we want to take it very easy, and take some days to get there. I am familiar with the ...
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What dates does My wife need to meet the French & British Cousulars for trips (starting June 25th) to the UK & France [closed]

My wife (a Chinese nationalist living in the US) and I would like to visit England & France (trip starting June 25th to France first) when should we meet with the French & British Consulates ...
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Will bringing your own bottle of wine to a restaurant in France cause bad service?

There is a law in France that states that you can bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant. The restaurant cannot prevent you from doing this. Thus, you can either bring your favorite wine, or ...
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Will I be able to benefit from free movement in Europe

My mother is going to get her citizenship from France within a year or so. In this website it is stated that family members of EU nationals can have the right of free movement. So will I be able to ...
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Prepaid mobile sim that will work for Paris and London

I will be going to London and Paris for 10 days in the end on January (5 days in each). Is there a sim that I can get with data and calling to the US that will work in both places?
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Best ways to transfer Euros from French bank to Indian bank [closed]

Recently, I moved from Paris, France to Ahmedabad, India. I have bank account in Credit Agricole in France and SBI, ICICI in India. I would like to transfer euros from my French bank to Indian bank ...
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Making Restaurant Reservations in Paris from America

Is there a service that makes reservations at restaurants on your behalf? I'm not a fluent French speaker so I'd rather not spend the money calling long distance from America only to not be able to ...
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Buying Paris metro tickets from Eurostar before/during the journey?

Whenever a Eurostar gets into Brussels, and especially when one gets into Paris, there is always a mad scramble for the metro ticket machines, and if you weren't in the first coach then a very long ...
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Can tourists get French cheque books?

Can I get a French cheque book if I am not a resident? Over here in Belgium, cheque books became obsolete two decades ago, so my bank doesn't issue euro cheque books. Cheques in France are quite ...
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How can I go to the top of Aiguille du Midi in France?

I want to visit the new Step into the Void glass cube on the top of Aiguille du Midi. Are there any transport such as cable car? How much would it cost?
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Schengen visa for Amsterdam and Paris [duplicate]

I am flying from Johannesburg to Paris. I want to spend a couple of days there. Then I am going to Amsterdam with the train to spend a couple of days there. I am flying back from Amsterdam to ...
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Au Pair in France OFII question [closed]

I am living in France (have been here just about 2 months) and have an au pair contract that runs from September 15 2013 until August 2014 (long stay visa). I have the visa in my passport, but it just ...
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Details regarding getting a French Schengen visa

I am an Indian, studying in USA. I need to go to France this summer for a conference. Can I apply for a French visa from India (I will be going back to India first in the summer)? Amongst the ...
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Schengen Visa - Change of Destination? [duplicate]

I have a Schengen Visa that I issued from the German embassy back in 2011 (it's still valid till mid-2014). I never actually went to Germany though. It says visa type: C, multiple entries, 90 days ...
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Paris Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse, by public transport but without lots of walking?

In a couple of weeks time, I'm off to the Loire by Eurostar + TGV, which means a cross Paris change. The Eurostar uses Gare du Nord, while the TGVs down to the Loire are at Gare Montparnasse. One ...
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Last minute reservation of hostels in France

I've arranged a inter rail, with couch surfing as solution to sleep in the night. Lets say I have an inconvenient, and I need to reserve a hostel on the same day for the night: is it easy to find a ...
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Skiing in the French Alps - by Van

My brother has a Ford Transit which is spacious and comfortable. Our plan is to drive from London to an as yet undetermined ski resort in the French Alps. We plan to pay for parking in one of the ...
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Driving from Genoa to The Hague with an LPG car

We are a family of 4, two adults + 5 years old + 8 months old. We are traveling to The Hague, Holland from Genoa, Italy. We decided to go by car, and we are trying to calculate costs. So here it goes: ...
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What times of the year are best for visiting France?

When I visited Rome, Italy, I ended up visiting during August which seems to be a time when most Italians have fled the city to cooler areas. This was nice because there was less traffic so we were ...
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In Paris, can one purchase pre-paid sim card upon arrival at CDG airport?

Going to Paris with just 3 days stay. Would like local SIM card, no data. Is it possible to purchase at airport?
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Accepted student with long sejour visa (OFII) to France, but arriving as tourist

I have been accepted as student for the 2013 January intake. Since the “lettre de attestation” says the program will start by the 4th of January I suppose my visa will be valid just before the program ...
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OFII form in France [closed]

I am an American student studying in Dijon for a semester and had a question regarding the OFII form. I will be in France for the duration of 3 months and 5 days, and I have some other friends ...
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How do I change my TGV reservation to allow for print-at-home option?

I booked my TGV ticket on the French version of voyages-sncf.com. Not being able to read French, I wasn't aware at the time that there was a print-at-home option. Just in case my train arrives late, I ...
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Which Dijon station does the Milan-Paris Thello train stop at?

The Thello train running from Milan to Paris stops in Dijon. However, neither Seat61 nor Thello's own website indicate which Dijon station it stops at. According to DB's website, there is Dijon Ville ...
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Price of complément de parcours varies depending on where I buy it: why?

I have a Navigo monthly pass, valid for zones 1 to 3. When I try to buy a 'complement de parcours' to Aeroport CDG from Arcueil-Cachan, it shows me the price to be something between 7€ and 8€. From ...
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What are the procedures and documents necessary when traveling to France from the UK (not by plane)?

I have a United States passport and will be in London this year. I am looking into rail and ferry options to coastal France and was wondering if I will need to present any documents other than having ...
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Fly to France from UK with no passport?

I have a flight to France from the UK tomorrow. My passport is currently with a company that are working on a Visa for India (a miscommunication with a friend menas I thought they had picked it up), ...
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How do Eurolines compare to IDBus for the London ↔ Paris route?

As well as the usual options of Fly, Train (Eurostar), or drive/train + ferry + drive/train, there are now two coach operators running quite a few services between London and Paris. Eurolines have ...
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How to buy a cellphone SIM card in Paris? [duplicate]

How do I buy a SIM card for my cellphone in Paris? Also, is there anything I should keep an eye out? (things like fees, cellphone-compatibility in europe...) and do they have pre-paid plans (in Brazil ...
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Australian resident working in the UK - Can I apply for a French Visa from the UK? [closed]

I am an Australian Resident, I obtained a UK youth mobility scheme Visa valid for another year. I would like to work a winter ski season in France. Can I apply for a French Visa from the UK or would I ...
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Red triangle, yellow jackets, etc. for rental cars in France

Our rental car in France does not have the items required by law, such as a florescent jacket and a red triangle. Should the car rental company provide these items?
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Getting to La Tomatina

I'm going for an exchange programme to Nimes, France from Delhi, India, in August, just in time for La Tomatina in Buñol. I was planning to take the overnight bus from Nimes to Valencia that arrives ...
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The website says the Eiffel Tower is sold out for two months. Is there anything I can do?

I went to the Eiffel Tower web site looking to buy tickets for an upcoming visit, and found that, except for a few days, it is sold out for basically two months. I am guessing that it is not truly ...
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Crossing the French/Italian (Chamonix/Cormayeur) border via cable car

My partner and I will be travelling through Chamonix on the 25th of April, and we were wanting to travel via cable car through to Courmayeur. Are there cable cars that allow us to travel from Chamonix ...
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What is the cheapest way to send books from USA to France? [closed]

During my stay in the United States, I accumulated books and papers. Books and papers can be pretty heavy so it may be very expensive to bring them by plane. For example for half cubic meter of books, ...
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How to get from Poitiers TGV station to Futuroscope-du-Poitou

I will be arriving at the TGV train station in Poitiers (from the direction of Paris if that matters) and from there, I want to travel to the Futuroscope-du-Poitou site, where I'd prefer public ...
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European countries “shut down” in August?

I am mainly interested in hearing about France (Paris, in particular) and Italy (Venice, in particular), though this may hold for other European countries as well, hence the broad title. I have heard ...
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Can I buy a plane ticket from A-B-C but get on the plane at B? [duplicate]

I'm planning a trip to South-Korea in April. I was looking at flight ticket prices and found that I can go from Brussels to Seoul (and back) for about 600€. It lands in London however. I then tried to ...
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Can I use “Récépissé de demande de carte de séjour to re-enter” to France? [closed]

I am student in France but I am not French. During the holiday, I came back to my country. Before I came back, I have received the "Recepisse De Demande De Carte De Sejour" in the form of paper from ...
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Route planner with heights (for bikes)

I use Google Maps to plan my bike routes inside Paris. However, it is missing height graphs of the routes (which is essential for biking). I would like such a site that would be capable of this. I may ...
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TGV Lyria seat plan: how to interpret it?

I'm taking a look at the seat plan for the Zurich-Paris TGV Lyria. The diagrams only show cars from 1 to 8, but the text says that cars are numbered 1-8 and 11-18. Is car 11 the same thing as car 1, ...
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Accommodation while driving from Calais towards Paris

What are budget options to spend the night somewhere on the way between Calais and Paris while driving the motorway (closer to Paris ideally)? Are there any affordable hotels at the motorway services? ...
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Breton Language Areas

I am interested in Celtic languages and I am curious to find places where they are spoken in public. Is there any known places in Britanny where Breton can be heard casually in public?
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How far in advance do you need to get to Quimper (UIP) airport?

As I understand it, Quimper Airport (UIP) is not exactly the world's largest or busiest airport. I'm not sure if it has standing jokes about clearing sheep off the runway when needed, as Rotterdam ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in UK, France, and Finland

I want to buy a SIM card with prepaid data plan in UK. I will travel around France and Finland. I'm staying for less than a month, and I expect to use <250 MB. It seems that most plans don't allow ...
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Wind surfing in Southern France [closed]

Where are inexpensive locations for wind surfing gear rentals in Southern France between Spain and Montpellier? So near Béziers, Perpignan, etc. Google suggests a fair amount exists along Le ...
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If I travel to Paris, can I get by with just English?

If I plan on visiting Paris, but not really the rest of France, is it still important for me to learn at least enough French to get by? Are people in Paris going to be willing to speak English if they ...
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How to get by train from Normandy to Versailles?

What is the best way to get by train from the Mont Saint Michel area to Versailles, France?
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France Visa Query

I have a visa issued by the French embassy in UAE. It will expire on 8th June. Unfortunately my travel plans have changed and now I need to enter France on 10th June. Is it still possible that I enter ...