This is totally random and off the top of my head but here goes...
Is there a similar organisation to BUNAC that provides a bit of a network on the ground to get you on your feet, if you were to move to/work in France?
It's just a random thought, because I quite fancy living in France (and I'm GB so a visa is no issue) but I know that finding a job with French as a second language could be difficult at best!
Any tips would be grand!
French employment agencies would be a good place to start I would think. But bear in mind that the world as a whole is in recession right now and therefore you'll be competing with the locals for any jobs which are around. Some info here: Employment in Paris & France
Aye Blinq that's what I figured, but if you take the glass half full scenario, then both the UK and French economies are buggered hence it doesn't really matter where you try in vain to find work!
On the other would you think in the bigger cities I could get away with English vernacular and intermediate French, or would fluent French be expected?
I would imagine you'd have to be fluent. It depends on what you propose to do of course. But if it's any kind of job which brings you into contact with the general public, then I doubt if you could get away with anything less than fluency in the language.
France has always been a country which has protectionism at its heart and during these difficult economic times, that policy will tend to prevail I would have thought. But others might disagree with me.
Yeh fair point, it was just me messing about. But then again the fastest way to fluency in a language is to live there is it not? Ach well!
Why don't you just take a week off, go over there and then visit the agencies and see how they assess you. Face to face discussions are much better than email and you can get a better idea of how much it's going to cost you to live there at the same time.