only a few reasons why living in Paris really really sucks
- bureaucracy – it took me one year to get a social security number after begging, fighting and threatening to sue. It took me two months to get a yearly cinema pass after I purchased it. It took me six months to get a residence permit.
- people – people in France (at least in Paris) are quite condescending and have a highly unjustified arrogance – most of them lack basic school and social education but still have an urge to be ignorant and indifferent.
- living standards – this is one of the hardest things to cope with in Paris – people are simply adjusted with a very low standard of living. The tiny tiny apartments in old, smelly and uncomfortable buildings, the noise that goes through the thin walls, the horrible smell of urine in the metro are just a few things that Parisians have to deal with every day – and got used to it a long time ago.
- crowdedness – needless to say that although visiting Paris seems (probably is) fascinating, the day to day life in Paris is awful when you have to stand in line just to walk to the office because of the huge number of tourists.
- taxes – yes, it is true – taxes in France are ridiculously high – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_tax_rates for more info.
- living costs – living in France is crazy expensive. I pay 1100 EUR for a 35m2 studio. Going out on a Saturday night leaves you more than 100 EUR short, restaurants are expensive as well.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I probably had my share of difficulties with France (so I am a bit subjective) but please, think twice if you’re planning to relocate in the city of love. It’s not all pretty and nice (it’s actually the opposite).
I just left Paris/France and I can tell you even leaving the place is as horrible as moving in. I had to fight with my landlord to get her to setup a date when she can come to inspect the apartment – plus it seems like I might get my deposit back but only after two months. Apparently – that’s the law in France, the landlord can just hold your deposit for two more months after you leave :-|.
I wasn’t able to close my insurances yet (e.g. apartment insurance) they made me send some letters which they LOST a few weeks later.
I wasn’t able to close my edf (electricity) contract yet – they are still working on it.