Hi, I live in the south of france and can confirm that both Skype and FaceTime work ok - usual issues of high traffic at weekends, otherwise ok. Don't expect any telecoms company to be any different, that part of globalisation they have embraced fully! The ideas about customer service - not so much! On the upside is their life/work balance, something they cherish. Slavish obedience to the mindless work ethic of the northern hemisphere is still not universally popular. If you have a French bank account I advise you keep an eye on it, as you maybe accumulating charges from just sitting there! This the French bankers have turned into an art form. They make some of the others look honest! At least they did not gamble as much as the others in the casino part of the banks.