Yes - people say to me that it is strange to hear the Languedoc accent spoken with a touch of Scots thrown in.
I'm happy to be German as a pensioner - it's more money in the Bank - no transfer or up's and down's of the GBP (they are Euro zone) which can make a difference of anything up to 15% in any particular month!
The infamous CAF (Caisse d'Allocations Familiale) is the first thing you'll have to deal with. In France the Social Security exists but has other responsibilities. The CAF is where you'll have to go to apply for your Rent help (there are various types you will be entitled to) - to apply for your "Green Card" which you must present to your Doctor or any other health institute (Blood analysis etc) get your medicaments free of charge, and a thousand other things - particularly Health Mutuelle Insurance (back up health insurances) even cures, rehabilitation courses after surgery.
There are numerous things they don't tell you about - the Soc Sec can, for example, help with high Electricity bills you can't pay, and you MUST be insured in France for your accommodation. It's called "Assurance Habitation" - and it's the law to be assured. You have to shop around - Banks and Insurance Companies are there in their thousands! I would recommend also taking an Assurance called "Assurance Juridique" - it's not expensive (I pay 60euros a year with my bank) and it covers you for just about everything legal in France in your own home, but also if you damage things in somebody else's home. It also will cover any struggles/fights with the Administration! (ie - the CAF!)
You'll find your way around eventually, but it will take quite some time - Any problems, I may be able to help you with. I had a Site to do just that up until 2006, particularly for Tourists, British and German (re the languages) but I stopped it because too many people took financial advantage of me (driving them around, postage and much more). I'll help on an individual basis now, and the first thing I would absolutely recommend is Internet/Telephone.....I have SFR because it includes a couple of hundred TV channels, plus my various Satellite things for German and British programs, and for 2 Euros more per month I can call unlimited all French mobile telephones.! The basic price includes unlimited World wide telephony, with no time limits. Great for my wife/concubine who is originally American and whose family all live in New York!
I'd be bankrupt without SFR!
All the best and good luck - don't hesitate to call or mail.