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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in France

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: December 2013

Solo living has become popular all over the world in recent years. It is especially common in larger cities or towns in developed countries as the changing work styles and financial independence contribute a lot. Solo living may mean you are living alone but does not mean you are lonely. Many people choose to live alone as they feel they have more freedom, independence and peace of mind.  

When you move to a new place alone, especially a place which differs culturally in many ways to what you are used to, you may feel lonely at first. However you will quickly begin to meet new people, this could be your new neighbours or colleagues at work. Many countries have expatriate groups which will allow you to meet people from all over the world who have experienced the same changes. Often these groups arrange social activities such as days out, meals and pub trips. This is a great way to meet new people and swap stories.

According to the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2012, people moving to France found they could easily make friends and most of them were willing to immerse themselves into the French life style.

Fast growing technology also enables you to chat with friends and family members all over the world without any difficulties, no matter if you want to talk over the phone or face to face. 

France is famous for romance and is the place to go if you are interested in finding a partner. Many people choose to use dating websites which are plentiful in France. The variety of websites covers all tastes and needs. You can search online with certain key words to find a dating website such as ‘France dating’. You can also find many articles discussing different dating websites, such as this article here https://www.visahunter.com/articles/the-best-online-dating-sites-in-france/ which may help you decide which site you would like to use.

Normally, you need to register yourself and create a profile; this tends to be free and is just a few simple steps. You may need to pay a membership fee or buy credits (sometime called stamps) to see further details of other members. Membership fees differ between websites and the length of your subscription. Some dating websites do offer free services, however, there is a general view that paid dating websites provide better services than free ones.

Always remember to take care to secure your personal information when you provide it to a website or to other people. Generally speaking, big popular websites will have better protection for your personal information.

You should also be aware of the online dating scam. This is where someone will contact another person with the sole intent of defrauding them of money. Often they will become close to you before making a request. You can find more information on most dating websites, which provide useful information such as safety tips. You can also find some dating tips to avoid such scam by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. 

If you do find or you suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and stop paying any money to the fraudsters. You can report the scammer online through https://www.internet-signalement.gouv.fr/PortailWeb/planets/Accueil!input.action .  If it is an emergency, always dial 17 or 112.  



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