Are you relocating to France, or have you recently relocated to Paris, Normandy or Brittany? Have you been transferred here for work? Are you studying abroad? Perhaps you are married to a French person? Whatever your circumstances, know that you are not alone in your daily challenges with life in France and the French administration. It can be frustrating, but we’re here to help.
We make it our job that you:
- Know your rights and your obligations.
- Are not taken advantage of.
- Negotiate the best prices and receive the best services.
- Can communicate your needs and are understood by others.
Meet the founder
Bilingual, self-taught and intuitive, Olivier Cappaert grew up in the suburbs of Paris and began working at an early age. He’s worked as a bike messenger, in textiles in the infamous Sentier district of Paris, as a salesman for a web agency, as an administrator in a large American cosmetics marketing firm, and, more recently, for several French administrative organizations. What do all of these positions have in common? They were all based in fast-paced and aggressive environments, each requiring a headstrong nature, the ability to work under pressure and adapt to a variety of situations.
And adapt he did. It was his time spent working for the French administration that inspired him to tackle it from the other side of the desk by creating Excuse my French. His choice to use his skills and experience specifically to help Anglophones in France was not random. Olivier has traveled extensively in the United States and lived in London for 5 years where he learned English the hard way: getting cursed at while working at various high-profile restaurants throughout the city, known for their tense and bawdy work environments. In 2009, he married an American.
His entrepreneurial spirit is not linked to the administrative battle alone, however. Olivier’s true passion lies in the French language itself. An aspiring author, Olivier has written one novel, and has two others in the making.