THERE was a survey a few years ago that found many young French people wanted a job within the civil service because of the job security it offered.
This, alongside the work hours, generous holiday entitlement and assured pension upon retirement shows why working for l'Etat is so popular.
So if you want to explore the possibilities open to you for finding a job within the civil service then take a browse over this collection of websites.
The Service Public site has gathered together information that offers advice on the minimum requirements for entry, anyone from an EU member state can apply, as well as an idea of the work involved and some of the current positions available.
Whether a job with the civil service is as secure as it once was with Nicolas Sarkozy promising to cut back on les fonctionnaires remains to be seen.