Good question…although freedom of movement is freedom to “live and work”. My initial CdS as an inactif was silent on this point, although the 10 year card specifies right to work. I imagine few Pole Emploi people have ever seen a WA CdS so may not even question it.
To Chris, you are in a bit of a Catch-22 but if you have been here for three months you are entitled to ask to join PUMA as an inactif. They will ask for evidence of resources as eventually you will get a bill from URSAFF for your contributions. Our first bill took around 11 months and you are charged 8% of your income above €10,000. But then you need to have income around that to meet threshold for your CdS.
You can alternatively join as a job seeker once registered with Pole Emploi - so follow Tory’s advice. You won’t get any benefits, don‘t worry about that! That is perhaps the fastest route. And won’t raise questions about how your health is currently covered.
If you apply as an inactif they can ask how you have covered your healthcare in the three months since arriving in France. And an EHIC doesn’t do it. You can’t be a tourist and a resident. There are I believe some flexible private health policies - click in insurance on top banner to get through to Fabian, and english speaking broker who deals with your situation all the time.
And you don’t actually need the plastic Carte Vitale in your hand, you just need to be accepted by CPAM and have a paper attestation. Usually takes a month or more to that stage and then another 6 weeks for plastic card. But Paris may be quicker.