Let me help you navigate your way around French bureaucracy

As co-founder of the Survive France network, long term French resident, fluent French speaker and mother of three children who have all gone through the French education system, Catharine has encountered just about every administrative issue you can think of. She has written extensively on all kinds of France related subjects for numerous publications including Living France magazine, French Property News and The Telegraph. She is well known in the media as a reliable source of ‘expert comment’ when it comes to all matters relating to expats and the issues they face, and has been interviewed on both UK and French radio and participated in conferences on the same subject.

If you are moving to France, have recently arrived or are simply stumped by some kind of administrative issue, then Survive France can help you. We are now offering personal consultations lasting 30 or 60 minutes via telephone or Skype. Catharine will talk you through your options on any given issue. She can put you in touch with the appropriate (SF approved) experts, be it healthcare, insurance, finance and help you devise an action plan to overcome any hurdles that are impeding your life in France.

There are numerous people offering similar services, some good, some not so good (!), but with 15 years experience and as part of the trusted Survive France brand, you can be assured that Catharine will provide you with an excellent and professional service. As part of our commitment to this, we can offer you a free introductory ten minute call where you can outline your questions.

So don’t delay, with the first ten minutes entirely free of charge, you have nothing to lose - get in touch today!

30 minutes - €60
60 minutes - €100

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Let me help you navigate your way around French bureaucracy!
I can advise on the following topics and much more;

  • How the French health system works
  • Obtaining your Carte Vitale
  • Setting up as a Micro-Entrepreneur
  • The education system
  • Claiming benefits
  • Divorce & separation
  • Completing and submitting tax forms and other administrative tasks
  • Advice on selecting the right location for your move
  • Real-estate and property purchase
  • Building regulations and planning permits
  • Personal matters
  • Insurance requirements
  • Obtaining a mortgage
  • Professional service recommendations

What a brilliant idea… :slight_smile:

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Just spent the most productive hour with Catharine helping me set up as an Auto-Entrepreneur. I’ve been here for 2 1/2 years and used a number of other services to help with various bureaucracy etc but that was seamless and so informative! Thank you! I will definitely be using Catharine again for Carte Vitale etc. Feels great to finally have someone who can hand-hold me through all of this… highly recommend using Catharine if you’re struggling with French systems and authorities…


I would like to point out that it was me that forgot that it’s i before e except after c! :man_facepalming:

Thanks to those who spammed my inbox to point that out! :wink:

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I’m not at all sure I’m in the right place for this question but here goes. I have been a member for a while. Just tried to log in to reply to something and entered my user name as 1l55q31uyxa4, which is what I seem to have noted. Didn’t work so I did “Forgot password” and entered my email vivienandcats@gmail.com. That worked. I got in. But how do I change my username?

What would you like to change it to, it’s currently @Vivien_Chapman

I can do that for you if you like or you can go to your profile page and do it yourself :slight_smile:

Is this service still available? The link doesn’t seem to work!