Moving to Paris
The city of lights and love has been romanticised in many a movie. Expats moving to Paris find the reality is much more practical. Paris is home to many large corporations, has a thriving economy and offers many opportunities for expats in work and lifestyle.
To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Paris.
Top 5 tips for expats moving to Paris
With its grand boulevards and cobbled stone streets, Paris offers a perfect blend of modern living and cultural heritage.
Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Paris.
Finding a place to live
As a sought-after world city, accommodation in Paris is very competitive and high priced. Residents generally distinguish the neighbourhoods based on which bank of the Seine River they are situated. The Right Bank is known for its shopping and is popular with affluent professionals and young families. The Left Bank has a more artistic, bohemian atmosphere and appeals to a wide range of lifestyles.
Getting around Paris
The extensive network of buses, trams and trains makes getting around the city easy and public transport is affordable. There is little need for a car and there are many pedestrian-only zones to discourage people from driving within city limits.
Access to healthcare
The French healthcare system is among the best in the world and is highly accessible, even for expats. All residents must have some form of health insurance, it is recommended that expats take out a private health insurance policy. You will have to register with a ‘treating doctor’ who will keep a record of your medical history and refer you to specialists as required.
Quality of life
Many expats report an increased quality of life after moving to Paris. With a 35-hour work week and generous holiday leave, the focus on quality out-of-work time leads to a more relaxed lifestyle.
Paris syndrome is a severe form of culture shock. It is a condition that affects those who first visit Paris and find that their expectations, based on the many legends about the city, are not fulfilled.
Meet your Paris Team Leaders
David Spira & Bruno Hicke
A partner of Spira Twist & Associates since 2006, David is a registered Accountant and qualified Auditor.
Having studied abroad, David understands the unique challenges expats face when moving abroad and is well positioned to provide practical advice to expats moving to Paris.
Bruno advises individuals, including company senior executives, with their investments including liaising on their behalf with government taxation authorities.
Thanks to his substantial experience in relationships with the Taxation Authorities (regarding both non-contentious and contentious proceedings) and the implications of cross-border projects (creation of legal structures, independent or otherwise, assistance, dividend payments, intra-group invoicing, secondment, expatriation…), he advises firms and individuals in a constantly changing and ever more complex tax environment.
Bruno Hické speaks both English and Spanish.