Paris - Post Report Question and Answers

Morale among expats:

Varies with the comings and goings of personnel. Right now it is great ,but who knows who will show up to ruin it. - Jun 2013

Morale varies. Paris is a great place to live, but it's not easy by any means. It's a lot of work to get from point A to point B, it's very expensive, the weather can be depressing, and it's got all the hurriedness and congestion of a big city. You need to find your happy place and return to it often. - Sep 2010

Generally high among expats, but lower in the U.S. Embassy community, where lots of people have a sense of entitlement and/or unrealistic expectations. Yes, you'll have to go out and make friends if you want to have them here. - Apr 2009

Most people I've met tend to like it here. Many have sought out Paris as a posting and don't want to leave. - Dec 2008

Amongst Embassy employees, the morale seems to be low amongst the lower ranking personnel and higher amongst the higher ranking personnel since they have larger Parisian apartments, speak French, are higher paid and have more perks on the job. - Jun 2008

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