Expat France News
Latest 10 news items tagged France
21 Oct at 6 PM 2016
A special meeting dedicated to the effects of Brexit on British expats in France
heard the UK’s divorce from the EU would have cataclysmic effects on expat rights.
Members of France
’s National Assembly were told Thursday that Brexit was on track to wreck the lives of tens of thousands of Britons living in the country. EU law specialist Myriam Benlolo-Carabot told chair of the meeting National Assembly President Claude Bartolone the only way to prevent cataclysmic Brexit effects is to allow reciprocal agreements.
Once Brexit is...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The dramatic decline in the value of sterling is causing misery for a huge number of British expats living in EU member states and other world countries.
British retirees in Spain, France
and Italy are not only facing an uncertain future as regards their rights to stay in their chosen countries, they’re also seeing their spending power eroded at an unprecedented rate. A majority of UK expats living in other EU states are the worst off, as they rely on UK state pensions, private pensions or company schemes, with the pound now...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is being sued in the European Court of Justice over his banning of any pre-Article 50 negotiations.
A legal challenge has been mounted by the Fair Deal for Expats group on the basis that Junckers’ so-called ‘presidential order’ has no basis in EU law and must be considered an ‘unlawful gagging order’. The group is calling for the immediate annulment of the order, thus allowing the commencement of EU/UK pre-Brexit talks focusing on Brexit’s potential effects on British...
7 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Foreigners who’ve chosen to live, retire or work overseas usually refer to themselves as expats, but should they be classified as immigrants?
The word ‘expat’ is most often seen in reference to nationals of particular countries working in other countries, but few of the wide range of individuals who live outside their home countries would refer to themselves as immigrants. This term seems to suggest an intention to move abroad and make the chosen country home for ever, or at least for the foreseeable future.
For example, the...
6 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Four months after the devastating Brexit announcement, British expats in France
are beginning to feel its effects.
A majority of Britishers living in France
are either retirees on pensions or owners of small businesses serving mainly the local expat community. The initial shock of sterling’s fall following the referendum result hit hardest on retirees living on just the UK state pension. The currency’s partial recovery gave a brief respite, but Theresa May’s recent announcement that Article 50 will be triggered next March sent...
30 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Discrimination by British banks against UK expats with no ties to the country wishing to open accounts is now against the law.
For some years, British banks have refused to open accounts for UK expats living overseas, and have even closed existing accounts. The reason behind the discrimination seems to be that not having a UK address stops financial companies from monitoring customers’ credit history in order to underwrite borrowing.
Whatever the reason, the banks’ unacceptable behaviour has caused major problems for many...
22 Sep at 6 PM 2016
A respected online survey taking in the world’s major expat destinations has praised France
for its quality of life.
in general received brickbats as well as praise, its quality of life for expats was rated a deserved fourth out of the 45 countries surveyed. The result was far in advance of the USA at 26th and the UK took a disappointing 30th place. Over two-thirds of expats living permanently in France
said their quality of life had improved considerably since moving.
One observation made by a good number of...
22 Sep at 4 PM 2016
The recent crackdown on payment of winter fuel allowances to UK expat pensioners living overseas has resulted in the total cost of providing the benefit falling by two-thirds.
The British government’s bill for winter fuel payments to pensioners living outside the UK has fallen dramatically since new rules for its entitlement were brought in. The winter of 2015/2016 saw just 42,015 pensioners resident in EU member states receiving the benefit, a striking contrast to the 2014/2015 payments to 137,845 expat retirees.
Former work and...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2016
A modern, Australian-built fast ferryboat has exploded during a run between Bali and the island of Lombok.
The Gili Cat ferryboat was carrying around 40 people when it blew up after smoke was seen pouring from its engine. It’s not yet certain whether the dead and injured are all tourists holidaying in Bali or whether expats were caught in the tragedy. One Austrian woman and one European woman were killed, and at least 20 passengers received injuries.
Forensic teams are investigating the cause of the fatal explosion, with one who...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Earlier this year, the French government introduced a new universal system giving automatic and continuous healthcare rights to permanent legal residents.
The new Protection Universelle Maladie system is available to all permanent legal residents in France
including expat retirees. To qualify, expats need to have been living in France
for at least three months and spending at least 183 days per year within the country’s borders. Basically, the new rules shorten the length of time foreigners need to have been resident before being...