Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

10 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Wealthy Brits overseas rushing to buy into booming UK housing market

International buyers, including wealthy UK expats living in the UAE, France and Switzerland are rushing to take advantage of Britain’s booming real estate market and weak sterling exchange rates. A survey by a British bank has revealed that the boom in house prices in London and the Home Counties combined with a weak pound has attracted attention from an increasing number of overseas buyers as well as high-earning expats. Over a third of those surveyed were planning to purchase UK buy-to-let properties during the next two years....
21 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Free EU medical care for expats to end soon

Britons under the UK’s official retirement ages looking to emigrate to European sunshine destinations are about to lose their entitlement to free health care subsidised by the NHS. At present, UK migrants under the age of 65 or 60 for women who're migrating to popular destinations in Europe are allowed two and a half years of free treatment at overseas hospitals courtesy of the National Health Service. To obtain the privilege, UK residents are obliged to complete the S1 form guaranteeing them and their families access to free health...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Plunging currencies encourage Brits to purchase overseas

Strengthened sterling as a result of confidence in the UK economy’s recovery and falling currencies in troubled regions of the world have sent would-be UK expats on a bargain-hunting buying frenzy. Spain and France are at the top of most wish-lists, with the lower end of the Spanish property market still falling and entire abandoned villages on the market for less than a London garage. France’s real estate sector is still underperforming, and Greek property prices fell a further nine per cent last year. Surprise entries to the...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Homesick Spanish migrants looking to return one day

Many thousands of Spaniards are now expats in foreign lands, having left to find work during the years since the economic crisis kicked in, but most are hoping for a swift return to their beloved country. Results of a recent survey have shown that a massive 82 per cent of Spaniards working overseas since 2008 are planning to return home within at least the next five years. Less than one in five of those polled have decided to stay in their host country. The Hay’s Guide to the Labour Market survey has revealed a direct link...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expat Brits caught out by UK war on health tourism

A major crackdown on so-called health tourism announced yesterday by the UK government is likely to severely affect British expats who need to return to the UK for urgent medical care. Under the new rules, anyone who arrives in the UK for NHS treatment will be required to pay at a commercial rate yet to be decided. The ban, which will affect both asylum seekers and all visitors, is slated to come into force in April 2015. According to health minister John Hutton, the NHS is losing a great deal of money treating health tourists in...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expat retirees forced back to UK by frozen pension scandal

British pensioners who emigrated to be with grandchildren or for health reasons are being forced to return to the UK because their pensions are frozen in their host countries. An example of the desperate decisions being taken by many elderly Brits who moved abroad to be with loved ones or to take advantage of warmer weather for their healths’ sake is a 90-year old grandmother who moved to Canada in 2001. An IT lecturer during her working life, she made the move to be close to her daughter and grandchildren who’d emigrated a few...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Shock horror as expats across Europe lose all Brit TV channels

After the BBC’s satellite switch last week, wails from Southern Spanish expat hubs could be heard for miles as aficionados realised they’d probably watched Eastenders for the last time. The initial new satellite coverage map issued by the BBC showed a swathe of Europe covered by possibly less satisfactory signals, but at least they were there, unlike in the Costa del Sol and a few other Spanish expat hubs. Subsequently, ITV and Channel 4 switched as well, bringing the curtain down on Coronation Street to even louder wails....
11 Feb at 6 PM 2014

UK government to scrap reciprocal healthcare plan with EU countries

The British government is about to scrap part of the reciprocal healthcare agreement which ensures UK citizens can receive free healthcare in other EU countries. At present, expats and visitors who need healthcare in other EU countries such as France and Spain and do not qualify via employment are entitled to the service for free. As part of a cost-cutting exercise, the facility will no longer be available to Uk citizens under the age of 65, as the National Health Service will no longer reimburse other EU states for health costs...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Spain still popular for lifestyle and low property prices

The British love affair with Spain is still as hot as ever, in spite of the infamous property scandals, demolitions and scamming developers. As in decades past, the main attractions are the laid-back lifestyle and welcoming, warm weather, although the huge drop in property prices over the last several years also has its attractions. A new study has revealed that at least half of property bargain-hunters are looking for a holiday villa, a third can’t wait to leave the UK for ever and only 13 per cent are looking for a good...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Brit expats pensioners in Europe lose out on winter fuel allowance

The UK government will scrap winter fuel allowances at present received by 92,983 British pensioners living across Europe, thus saving almost £17 million. The controversial plan is the brainchild of Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith, and is causing anger across Europe’s retirement communities for its unjust application. In his latest announcement, Duncan Smith reiterated that the rule will apply to countries with average annual temperatures higher than 5.6 degrees centigrade. Duncan Smith is blaming a recent change...