New Arrivals

Tips and tricks to help new arrivals find their feet in Paris, presented by the World Radio Paris staff.


Episode 4 – Vocabulary for getting around France politely


Just arrived in France with zero language skills? Wondering why interactions seem difficult? Yannick Champion-Osselin presents a key phrases guide to make your time in France easier and help you connect with locals.

Unlock conversation to live a true French experience with the nuances of Bonjour, and avoid faux pas with a wide range of apologies that you hopefully will not need!

This episode was hosted, produced and recorded by Yannick Champion-Osselin and created by World Radio Paris.

In this episode you can explore the crucial phrases to navigate any French city; how to turn someone down, how to find English speakers, when to say bonsoir, and how to ask for directions or help.


Episode 3 – How to save money (and enjoy yourself) in Paris


Down and out in Paris? Looking for a way to have a budget friendly yet enjoyable time in Paris? Robert Quinn presents your guide for living on a budget in Paris on the subjects of food, services and entertainment.

For more information on acquring a Velib subscription click here. For MisterGoodBeer, an app that gives you details on the cheapest bars in Paris click here.


This episode was hosted, produced and recorded by Robert Quinn and created by World Radio Paris.

In this episode you can find information on the best way to tackle groceries in Paris. One can’t live on bread alone, and so this episode also looks at how to enjoy yourself in Paris on a budget, how to get around the city and how to minimise the cost of your health expenses.


Episode 2 – How to make your way around Paris


Do you know how to make your way around Paris? Yannick Champion-Osselin presents your guide for metros, trains, buses and ticket inspectors in and around the region of Paris.

For up-to-date timetables and maps on your phone to get around Paris, visit the RATP website or download Citymapper here.

This episode was hosted and produced by Yannick Champion-Osselin, created by World Radio Paris, and recorded in our studios in Paris, France.

This episode we explain the different types of transportation within and around Paris (what’s the difference between the SNCF and RATP?), breaking down which tickets to buy, and what the city’s various zones mean.


Episode 1 – What to do if you get sick in France?


Do you know the number for the ambulance, how to book an appointment with the doctor? ARBL Murray presents your guide for what to do if you get sick in France, and how to navigate French medical care.

For more information on how to navigate the French healthcare system, click here.

This episode was hosted and produced by ARBL Murray, created by World Radio Paris, and recorded in our studios in Paris, France.

In this episode, you can find information about:

Helpline phone numbers in France, which include 15, to call the ambulance service (the SAMU), 17 to call the police and 18 to call the fire brigade (pompiers). If remembering all this is tricky, you can also call 112, the general pan-European emergency number, who’s operators also speak English!

For help with for non-urgent illnesses and injuries, you can go to your local pharmacy, book a doctor on the Doctolib platform, or call SOS M├ędecins at 3624.

If you are in Paris and you need an English-speaking hospital, you can go to private hospitals such as the American Hospital in Neuilly, or the Franco-British Hospital in Levallois.