We began before the Internet age to help a French friend, and quickly mushroomed from one friend to another and one client to another simply by word of mouth. Starting with one classified ad, one apartment, and the first family we helped, it was strictly informal, with hand written letters and color photos sent by postal mail. From the beginning we built upon trust, service, and a desire to help people by providing a bridge between two countries, two cultures, and two peoples. The first big technology we put to use was the introduction of color Xerox so we didn’t have to mail original photos to clients. Later, in 1996, we formed France By Heart and established a web-site, www.FranceByHeart.com, for both countryside and Paris rentals. As events would unfold, rapid expansion proceeded until it became apparent that Paris needed and deserved its own focus and we split the company into two parts. We then established Paris By Heart with a separate web-site, www.ParisByHeart.com, to serve Paris owners and clients. Since then, we have continued to expand our offering and service with a special emphasis on the City of Lights.
We are Ken, Josette, Marc, Catherine, Philippe, Chantal, Sylvaine, Ariene, Thomas, Maurice, Michele, Ines, Florence, Fabrice, Claire-Laurie, Henri, Sophie, Xavier, Philippe, another Philippe, Nik, David, Vukadin, Bill, Ray, Alex, Pascal, Alexandre, Christian, Anne, Dominique, and Dominique again. We are Didier, Maria, Gerard, Ivan, Mima, Jean-Louis, Emmanuelle, Hervé, Guy, Vicky, Fabrizio, Gregori, Jerome, Shahin, Matthieu, Yingying, Suzanne, Vanessa, Sylvie, Martine, Nicole, and an endless line of really great people who all have their part in this living network of French friends and friends of France.