Everything You Need To Know To Work Remotely From France

All you need to know about working remotely from France

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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

Internet Speed In France

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 million houses and building were connected through optic fibre.

Public spaces, restaurants/bars, shops offer free WiFi and many hotspots can be found in major cities.

The map below shows the type of speed you can expect depending on where you will stay:France Internet Speed Map

If you plan to spend time in the country side, you must know that there will be very remote places where receiving a 4G signal will be difficult.

France 4G Coverage

Before commiting for a two months rental in a lovely rural and remote town, just make sure to check preciselay the 4G coverage of the place on Nperf.com.

Digital Nomad Visas for France

France does not have any digital nomad visa. France belongs to the Schengen Zone, which is a border-free agreement between 26 countries. Most of the tourists and the digital nomads apply for the 90-days Schengen Visa. It allows a three months stay within a period of six months.

US citizens are allowed to enter France without applying for a Schengen Visa. However, going to other countries belonging to the Schengen Zone won’t be allowed.

Can you work remotely in France for a US company?

As per most of the countries in this world, this is sort of a grey area and you should speak with a travel agent to get the most accurate answer depending on your needs. Here is what I can tell you:

  • If your plan is to work 9 to 5 for your US company while travelling in France, you are not allowed to do it.
  • If you have your own business, or if you are self-employed and simply want to keep running your activities while travelling nobody needs to do know about it, you are in France for tourism reasons.
  • If you wish to stay longer than three months, live in France, settle down,  work from France and pay taxes in France, well you should speak to a travel agent and to a tax advisor!

 

Can you live in France and work remotely for a UK company?

As an employee, you can’t live in France and work for a company based in the United Kingdoms. Many British citizens do come to France for a period shorter than 90-days without a Visa and do work for the company that employs them, but it is not allowed.

As a self-employed person or a business owner, as per US citizens, you will be able to keep running your business.

Coworking in france

From municipal libraries, 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 a perfect choice and if you want a more studious environment, you’ll find plenty of coworking spots in a lot of cities, and also libraries.

We compiled some of our favourites 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 libraries. They provide high internet speed and calm spaces in exchange for 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 library, here’s a helpful link from the Ministry of Culture’s website:

Tech Stuff

Power plug types

French use French plugs and sockets. They are being called Type E.

Laptop & phone repair

It is frequent even in smaller cities to find repair shops for all your electronic devices, whether you are using a PC, an Android mobile or an Apple product.

Obviously 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 (there are plenty of them):

Language

French is the main language 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.

Personal experience:

French tend to believe they do speak English very well, when they actually can’t. Here is a video proving it:

 

In tourist 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 has 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 sightseeing in the Alps or the Pyrenees.

Overall, late spring and early fall are both great times to visit France. You’ll experiment with 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 too complicated to summarize its uniqueness. On top of that French cuisine vary depending on the region.

The best way to discover French dishes is to experiment 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.

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
Sofiann

Sofiann

I am a digital nomad. Not the kind of nomad that keeps travelling all the time though.

I tend to live for 6 months at home in France and 6 months abroad. In the last seven years, I have been living in 13 countries.

I created this blog so I can share some insights about the places I have been and how did I manage to work and travel at the same time. I hope you will enjoy it :)