Maybe you could look for education organizations which accept adults / people undergoing a career change? Some of them are rather acknowledged in France and may have contacts with companies ready to onboard less-experienced people. The ones I can think of:
- CNAM: http://www.cnam.eu/site-en/
- AFPA: https://www.afpa.fr/ (french)
- Greta: https://www.education.gouv.fr/les-greta-2957 (french)
- Simplon: https://en.simplon.co/
You could also reach your job center to get more information and possibly financial assistance for your training…
Regarding Elm, although it’s really awesome (), from my experience it’s still not so easy to sell in France even coming from experienced developers, so maybe you should be prepared to be using more mainstream technologies for some time before getting the opportunity to actually use more interesting ones…
But you can still gain Elm experience on side-projects, make it visible somehow, reach to other Elm enthusiasts on local meetups… Networking, a well-written resume and a bit of luck can open unexpected doors.
Also, out of curiosity, are you willing to learn front-end only or full-stack development?