I am an american living in Paris.
By the way if you read Nora's vindicative negative comment on the flat, I want to reassure you: A broken water boiler happens and it happens when guests are here. I had it fixed. She wanted me to hand her cash and I refused before the plumber had a chance to analyse the problem.
After all I have one bad comment and 87 excellent ones.
That is 99% satisfaction rate!