French Utilities and Internet

One of the first things you'll need to do when you arrive at your new home is make a cup of coffee and tell your family & friends that your safe and well. Internet, telephone, electricity, gas, water, and televison all need to be connected and this takes some planning and patience!

Utilities - Electricity & Gas
EDF / GDF -Electricite de France, Gaz de France, The company that supplies electricity and gas throughout France. You will need to start a new contract with this company and will have to contact your local agency with your personal details, your bank details, details of the previous tenant, and your equipment and consumption. Of course Intransit are able to do this for you!

Utilities - Water
Lyonnaise des eaux is the company that looks after your water supply. You will need to start a new contract with this company and will have to contact your local agency with your personal details, your bank details, and details of the previous tenant. Of course Intransit are able to do this for you!

Telephone & Mobile phone
France Telecom operate the landline (and ADSL - connectivity) and you will need to contact your local France Telecom agency with your personal details, your bank details, and details of the previous tenant and the previous tenants telephone number. Of course Intransit are able to do this for you!

Mobile phone - If you have an international mobile make sure you tell your operator that you wish to use your phone in France. If not and you need to subscribe to a mobile operator you will need to provide personal information and proof of address, plus bank account details. Pay as you go and subscription phones are available and there is a large choice of operator who change their deals on a monthly basis. Of course Intransit are able to advise and assist you!

Television & Internet
Terrestrial television is available in French, some satellite and cable operators give you access to limited foreign channels in a variety of languages. Issues do arise with such systems when you ask to put a dish on the roof of an apartment block or rented house, and cable operators do not cover all areas.

There are a couple of companies which offer foreign installations (SkyTV for example) but you do need an address in the country of the service provider to receive the decoder card. Most companies, French or otherwise tie you in on a minimum years contract for your subscription.

Internet - some operators bundle ADSL with the telephone (eg. France Telecom)or cable internet with the television. High speed internet is expanding well in Ile de France and central Paris. There are many different operators and ever-changing offers. Most tie you in for at least 1 year but offer attractive incentives for the first couple of months.

Of course Intransit can advise and assist you!