Moving to France, what you need to know

Moving to France

Moving to France

Migrating or moving to France? Here are some helpful information you should know about France.

With an estimated total population of around 66.6 million people as of January 2016, with 64.5 million in metropolitan France, France is the 20th-most populous country in the world and the third-most populous in Europe. From 2006 to 2011 population growth was on average +0.6% per year. Immigrants are also major contributors to this trend; in 2010, 27% of newborns in metropolitan France had at least one foreign-born parent and 24% had at least one parent born outside of Europe (parents born in overseas territories are considered as born in France). A member of the Group of 7 (formerly G8) leading industrialized countries, it is ranked as the world's seventh largest and the EU's second largest economy by purchasing power parity.

No counterfeit items

Counterfeit items are absolutely prohibited. You are forbidden from buying them or bringing them into France, regardless of quantity. Customs officers seize all counterfeit goods and customs fines are calculated based on the value of the genuine products that have been counterfeited.

No drugs.

Drugs of any type (including cannabis) are absolutely prohibited. Possessing or carrying them risks criminal sanctions (imprisonment, fines).

No protected animal or plant species.

Pursuant to the Washington Convention protecting plant and animal species threatened with extinction, you must not transport any endangered animal or plant species or one that presents a danger to the European ecosystem.

Certain goods are subject to specific restrictions.

For medications and food (meat and fish in particular), you must check before your departure regarding the provisions applicable in this domain, both with regards to your destination country and for your return through France.

Take advantage of tax exemptions and comply with their limitations upon arrival in the European Union.

From a country outside the European Union, you MAY import goods in your luggage up to a maximum value of €430 (air or sea) or €300 (other transportation). If you are under the age of 15, your exemption is limited to €150, whatever the mode of transport.

Inform Customs if you are traveling with €10,000 or more.

If you are in possession of cash, securities, or negotiable instruments in an amount equal to or greater than €10,000, you must declare it to Customs when crossing the French border, regardless of your destination or return country.

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