One thing that is needed when you come to France is your medical cover. In the main, this is covered by the CPAM (via the E121) who issue with a Carte Vitale. You will also require a “top-up” which is issued by a Mutuelle. However, we have seen quite horrendous quotes from non-french companies quoting for this top-up when in fact, a French company will quote about half the cost for similar cover!
Having been the beneficiaries of the French medical (including hospitalisation and surgery) and dental systems - including crowns and root canal work - we cannot fault it.
Knowing that this particular part of one's life is looked after for a very moderate monthly fee, is a real benefit of living in this country.
Our health in fact is top-class, thanks to the level of medical care we receive. Our hospitalisation was due to (a) a double hernia (caused when my husband tried to lift his heavy motorbike) and a broken foot (mine) due to a fall I had as a teenager..... Other than that, the doctor calls us the "teenagers" when we come for our routine 6 monthly check-up.
To all our compatriots who live in France or who are about to embark on a new life in this attractive country, it is a good life here!