France - For DNs - For Digital Nomads

All you need to know about working remotely from France

The good

  • Diverse landscapes and regions to explore
  • Public transport
  • Internet-Wifi connection and 4G coverage
  • French gastronomy

The bad

  • The cost of living is pretty high
  • English is not widely spoken
  • Paperwork and bureaucracy

Connectivity

France is at the top of the line when it comes to connectivity. 4G covers 90% of the country and their providers are numerous. The most popular are Orange, SFR, Bouygues and Free, as well as being the best internet services providers overall.

In 2020, more than 27 millions houses and building were connected through optic fiber. Public spaces, restaurants/bars, shops offer free WiFi and many hotspots can be found in major cities.

Visa and Documentation

You’ll find all the informations needed on the page below:

Where to work

From municipal librairies, local cafés to dedicated working spaces, France provides a lot of option for digital nomads to work on a daily-basis, therefore the choice is entirely yours.

If you’re looking to socialize, hanging in your local bar is the perfect choice and if you want a more studious environment, you’ll find plenty of coworking spots in a lot of cities, and also librairies.

We compiles some of our favorites coworking spaces below.

Coworking spaces

There is also a website named Neo-nomade, which helps you find coworking spaces near your location.

Local & National Librairies

Like said above, it is very common in France to find municipal or national libraires. They provide high internet speed and calm spaces in exhange of a subscription, just like coworking spaces.

They also come with a wide variety of books and

To learn more about it and also locate a librairy, here’s a helpful link from the Ministry of Culture’s website:

Tech Stuff

Power plug types

Laptop & phone repair

It is frequent even in samller cities to find repair shops for all your electronical devices, whether you are using a PC, an Android mobile or and Apple product. Obiously language can be an issue in certain areas but for the most part, workers from those repair shops can speak English fairly well.

For Apple users, here is a list of the main store in France:

Language

French is the main in France… “Bon dieu, mais c’est bien sur!” which means “Duh!” in American English. With that out of the way, according to How Widely Spoken’s website, 40% of the french population can speak to some extent. In touristic areas however, such as Paris and other big cities, you’ll find more fluent English speakers. Other than that, French people in general can at least understand basic English.

When To Visit

Weather can significantly vary depending on where you are in France. The south of France is obviously warmer in general but can come with some surprises like the “Mistral”, while the North as a typical oceanic temperate climate.

Summers are sometimes too hot and very crowded, although it is also the best time to enjoy artistic/musical festivals and late-night outdoor dining. Winters are fairly cold, especially in the North and it is also a great time to go skiing and sight-seeing in the Alps or the Pyrenees.

Overall, late spring and early fall are both great time to visit France. You’ll experiment good weather, pleasant temperatures and lighter crowds.

Food

“La pièce de résistance”… French cuisine is known across the world for its finesse and its techniques have been adopted by other Western and Eastern cuisines since the 19th century. It is entirely too complicated to summarize its uniqueness and on top of that French cuisine vary depending on the region. The best way to discover French dishes is to experiement specialities from the region you’re visiting. With that in mind, here’s an article from World of Wanderlust’s website, showcasing the specialities from every region.

Accommodation

Coliving

 

Airbnb & Hotels

Info on the main cities

Ajaccio

  • 13.84 Mbps average download speed
  • 10.52 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$4,856 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • English friendly

Annecy

  • 38.1 Mbps average download speed
  • 7.9 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,447 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Avignon

  • 32.4 Mbps average download speed
  • 6.1 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,345 per month
  • Hot-summer mediterranean climate
  • English friendly

Biarritz

  • 22.2 Mbps average download speed
  • 3.3 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,898 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Bordeaux

  • 7.54 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.77 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,902 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Cannes

  • 34.2 Mbps average download speed
  • 17.6 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$4,491 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • English friendly

Chamonix

  • 3.8 Mbps average download speed
  • 0.7 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,982 per month
  • Humid continental climate
  • English friendly

Dijon

  • 6.82 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.95 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,262 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Grenoble

  • 9.00 Mbps average download speed
  • 3.82 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,795 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly
  • Hotel for nomads: Cloud Citadel (Briancon)

Lille

  • 40.15 Mbps average download speed
  • 28.97 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,071 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Lyon

  • 13.61 Mbps average download speed
  • 8.13 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,159 per month
  • Humid subtropical climate
  • English friendly

Marseille

  • 9.49 Mbps average download speed
  • 4.02 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,979 per month
  • Hot-summer Mediterranean climate
  • English friendly

Montpellier

  • 6.39 Mbps average download speed
  • 4.56 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,885 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • English friendly

Nantes

  • 47.7 Mbps average download speed
  • 16 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,204 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Nice

  • 7.66 Mbps average download speed
  • 3.85 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,114 per month
  • Hot-summer Mediterranean climate
  • English friendly

Paris

  • 13.81 Mbps average download speed
  • 8.00 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$3,982 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Rennes

  • 11.65 Mbps average download speed
  • 4.56 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,859 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Rouen

  • 39.4 Mbps average download speed
  • 8.3 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$4,039 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Strasbourg

  • 8.60 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.99 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,958 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

Toulouse

  • 6.13 Mbps average download speed
  • 3.09 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,258 per month
  • Humid subtropical climate
  • English friendly