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One of the most important, and often difficult, tasks when moving to a new place, within your country or abroad, is finding people you can trust for household help. In Paris, femmes de ménage, cleaning women (this is the encompassing title for the job, but there are cleaning men, as well) are extremely common and almost every household employs one for weekly or bi-weekly cleanings. In addition to cleaning, these women (and men) are usually experts at ironing (repassage), making it much more economical to employ someone to iron shirts, for example, than send them out for washing and pressing.

The government encourages the employment of individuals for these positions. They make declaration and payment simple with the chèque emploi service, which is issued by your bank (Please see the section on "Children - Babysitters" for more comple…