Paris, one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe, has been ranked among the three most important and influential cities in the world according to the Financial Times (´09,´10). Paris is today one of the worlds leading business and cultural centres as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations. The French capital has become home for thousands of expatriates - many of them native English speakers from Britain, Ireland, Australia or the United States.
Many families choose to live in the centre of the City whilst others choose surrounding suburbs such as Versailles, Conflans and Saint Germain en Laye. In recent years, there has been steady growth in the suburbs, which are connected to the city by excellent rail and bus systems as well as by increasingly overcrowded highways.The public schools in Paris can be very good. For those who wish to retain ties to their native cultures or study in their native language, there are excellent international schools teaching in Engish, German and French.
We have been asking mums in Paris and the surrounding areas about their experiences with kids in all sorts of areas including education & services, activities & day-trips, where they shop, where they eat as well as their favourite beaches, parks & play-areas. We hope you find it useful!