Useful links / resources

Catharine Higginson's picture

Morning all!

It's been suggested before and I know lots of stuff has been posted on the site AND then disappeared into the ether.....but I now have the facility (and possibly even ability!) to create an area where useful links can remain for ever more.

So if you have contact details for a recommended translator - a bi-lingual lawyer or an English speaking helpline, please post them in this thread and I will start collating them.


Catharine Higginson's picture

First one - courtesy of Wendy Wise 

Here's the guy I used a few months ago he was fast and cheap, charging 35 euros for a birth cert as opposed to twice that as I was quoted elsewhere

Jane Williamson's picture

As I have just posted, Matthew Cameron in Bury-St-Edmunds is a very good english solicitor specialising in french property matters. He gave us the very good advice to change our marriage regime at the same time as we bought our house, so it is not subject to french inheritance laws.

How is SOLVIT coming along?

Angela Nguema's picture

Excuse me - it should be this:
Catharine Higginson's picture

Many many thousands of English speakers live and work in France and love every minute of it, though there are a number who for a whole multitude of reasons need some help and support. SOS Help is a free helpline for all English speakers in France.   Your call is confidential and anonymous, and the non-profit organisation is non-denominational, non-political, and non-interventionist. All the volunteer listeners are trained by professional therapists/psychologists to provide empathetic, supportive, and non-judgmental listening to anyone going through a difficult or painful life experience. The volunteers can listen to callers speaking about issues as wide-ranging as loneliness, depression, health concerns, bereavement, money problems, unemployment, difficulties with friends or family, or substance abuse.   No problem is too small, no pain is too slight. You do not have to cope alone. If you feel their service can be of help to you, call SOS Help on 01 46 21 46 46. The SOS Help line is open from 3pm to 11pm every day of the year. Their website is   The organisation relies on the work of our volunteers, both listeners and non-listeners, and on donations as well as proceeds from their fundraising events.

Angela Nguema's picture

A couple to help save some centimes here &
Guillaume Barlet-Batada's picture

Here come the bi-lingual lawyer's details:

Guillaume Barlet

French Lawyer (Independent Juriste)

Bank House Investment Management Limited

Tavistock House

5 Rodney Road

CheltenhamGlos GL50 1HX


Twitter: @LawFrench

Tel: 0044 (0) 1242 545 971

Gregor Hakkenberg's picture

For French-English translations we (the ImmoA3 Property Advertising Agency) are very happy with the services of Andrew Hearne.

Annie Long's picture

Looking for an english speaking accountant who ADVISES - Brittany  

Brian Furzer's picture

Hi Annie, Try this accountant who I know from experience to be totally professional, personable, knowledgeable and, best of all, very reasonable!

Mark SHREEVE  FTCAKercaradec 56310 MELRAND Tel/ Fax 0297-39-59-03

Anne Brechet's picture

Recommended translator in the Vendee Jill Johnson

When I moved to Nantes I had to find someone from 44, I could have done it all myself - but I have no official stamp!

David Rosemont's picture 

Anglican Church in Brittany (Although most of my family is Catholic) 

cover most of France


Norah Baxter's picture

What a brilliant idea.  Thank you guys.


Richard Partridge's picture

 English speaking  helpline for the ORANGE internet, or those that aren't sure, if you have a white livebox then that should be orange --- just make sure you have the new version  Phone No, 0969 36 39 00,  They are very polite and very helpful.

Tia Azulay's picture

I love this idea. Thank you, thank you!

We've just accepted an offer on our house in London and hope to be moving to our house in Maubourguet within about 6 weeks. These are just some of the contacts who have been amazingly welcoming, courteous and helpful:

UK and French tax advice: Virginie Deflassieux of PKF Guernsey -

Estate agents who go the extra mile:- Maubourguet: Edward and Penny Landau of Le Bonheur Pau: Lousie Cheesebrough of FPI Residences

Gorgeous B&B Accommodation in Maubourguet: Kim and David Didden

Notaire Madame Marie-Christine Sempe of Vic-en-Bigorre and Tarbes (French only)

Flower delivery in France:

Support in dealing with bureaucracy: Palma BEGUE-URSO of Feet in France:

Internet installation: Terry Pugh of (also does web programming and site design)

Jane Williamson's picture

We have just had some mattresses and bed frames delivered from UK.

I used Europe Remove Ltd, based in Chigwell and was very impressed with the service. Christian was friendly and efficient and their quote was the cheapest I received, £340.00 for a Super King bedframe, boxed, and the mattress and two single bedframes, also boxed and the mattresses.

The load was delivered from the supplier to their depot and from there on to us.

We are near Macon and they came via Geneva and were going back via Le Mans, so we had a part load. They make trips each week to France and also all over Europe.

If you are looking for someone to bring over a larger load then Parcels Please handle, then I can heartily recommend them.

Terry Williams's picture for all those questions about what documents you need to keep and for how long (the home page) for info on just about anything to do with "l'Administration"!

By the way, is a travel service as I just discovered.  

Terry Williams's picture

For legal help with disputes valued at less than €4000 which are dealt with by the "juge de proximité": 

They will write a letter to whoever you're in dispute with and, if that doesn't work, lodge a complaint with your local court on your behalf. I haven't used them myself but a recent article in Le Figaro spoke highly of them and said they charge €29.90 + €69.90 if it goes to court. 

Sheila Walshe-Blackmore's picture

Here's the link to EDF English speaking lines - scroll down about halfway until you get to the map, find your department, and select appropriate number to ring.

Barbara Deane's picture

This is a splendid idea.


Ruth Deborah Rey's picture

My guardian angel of nearly ALL my ASSURANCES:


Assureur conseil Santé – Prévoyance


6, chemin de la Marouette - Pôle Bigarrena - 64100 Bayonne

Ligne directe : 05 59 15 16 25 - Fax : 05 59 44 63 37

Email :

Web :

A very charming, extremely competent lady, who speaks good English to boot.

Why didn't I mention her before? Stupidity on my part. It was only a few days ago, when we were talking about the enormous amount of money I spend, just to have someone take care of me (handicapped) two hours a day, during 6 days a week, and she asked me why I had not taken out an Assurance Dépendance ... €155 a month to be covered for €2000 a month ... that I thought of questions asked on SFN.

Hope she can help you, too!

Sheila Walshe-Blackmore's picture

For the newbies amongst us, here are the dates of the remaining public holidays this year in France:

Tuesday 01/05/2012 Labour Day Tuesday 08/05/2012 Victory in Europe Thursday 17/05/2012 Ascension Sunday 27/05/2012 Pentecost Monday 28/05/2012 Pentecost Monday Sunday 03/06/2012 Mother´s Day Sunday 17/06/2012 Father´s Day Saturday 14/07/2012 Bastille Day Wednesday 15/08/2012 Assumption of Mary Thursday 01/11/2012 All Saints Sunday 11/11/2012 Armistice Day 1918 Tuesday 25/12/2012 Christmas
Terry Williams's picture

Small point, Sheila, but I don't think even the French have made Mother's Day and Father's Day public holidays! At least not yet. No doubt if Hollande gets in this will be high on the agenda.

Sheila Walshe-Blackmore's picture

Hi Terry.  You are of course quite right.  There was a fourth column which contained remarks, and I hadn't noticed it did not copy over, pointing out that fact.  Well, we'll know next Sunday if we are to get any extra holidays! 

Catharine Higginson's picture

This discussion is now closed has its very own page which you can find here - enjoy!