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France has a bit of an international reputation for being very protective of its language – but how easy is it to move here if your French is still at the very beginner level? How much French will I need for my daily life in France? Well, it very much depends on your personal circumstances, but also where you are. In famous tourist locations such as the French Riviera or Paris, English is widely spoken. But don’t expect everyone to speak English, especially in areas off the beaten tourist path. France regularly comes out towards the lower end of levels in English-language competency in countries around Europe , and older people may not speak any English at all. Starting a conversation with a French person in English and assuming they understand you is considered absolutely rude. So, if your French is poor, look up a phrase that can express what…

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