Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

24 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Accidental American protest groups want out

The IRS’s strict rules governing tax liabilities for US expats are hitting hard on the so-called ‘accidental Americans’ living and working overseas. In the bulk of cases, accidental Americans were born in the USA but moved overseas with their parents when they were still young children. They’ve made their lives in a foreign country, from education through getting jobs, paying their taxes, owning homes and having a partner and children, but the IRS still considers them Americans liable for FATCA taxation. As a result, their...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

UK expats on Cyprus angry at fake news tabloid reports

British expat residents on Cyprus are furious over UK tabloid reports of panicking tourists fleeing in fear of Russian retaliatory attacks following the Syria missile bombardment. Monday’s report in the Daily Star is being condemned by expat residents as scaremongering and irresponsible, with one expat assuring local media reporters there’s no reason to panic as the report is total and utter nonsense. No-one, he added, should leave in a hurry, and there’s no need to cancel pre-booked holidays on the island as no alert has been...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Data debunks myth of Spain as elderly expat retirement haven

Contrary to the widely-held belief that Brit expat communities in Europe mostly contain retirees, statistics suggest two-thirds of UK expatriates are below retirement age. Recently-released data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows 66 per cent of the estimated 784,900 Britons living in Europe are between the ages of 64 and 15, with more living in Spain than in any other EU member state. In addition, the data shows Spain is home to 293,500 long-term British expatriates, and the UK has fewer emigrants living In Europe...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Brit ambassador faces furious expats at Paris Brexit meet

Angry British expats based in Paris gave British Ambassador Edward Llewellyn a hard time during a scheduled Brexit meetup. The meeting was intended as an update on the progress of Brexit negotiations as regards UK expats’ rights, but an audience of furious British citizens had other ideas. In the 18th century British Embassy building, chaos reigned for a full two hours as Brits had their say, shouted and heckled over the content of the Ambassador’s carefully-prepared speech emphasising ‘considerable progress’ in the...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2018

UK expats with second homes in France hit by huge property tax hike

Second home owners across France, many of whom are expats, are facing swingeing tax increases on their properties. Following his election, President Macron made it clear he would increase France’s tax d’habitation payable by all holiday and second home owners across the entire country. Paris, Bordeaux, Nice and Saint Jean de Luz have already taken advantage of the new tax law, doubling the charge in many areas. It’s not known how many second homes and holiday lets are owned by expats planning to eventually retire to France, but...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Survey shows Brit expats in France ambivalent on citizenship

In spite of the considerable number of British expats applying to become French citizens, the option isn’t the best one for many. Obviously, the motivation for the massive increase in the numbers of Brits looking to become French citizens isn’t because they wish they’d been born French – it’s because this is the only way to ensure their long-term futures in their chosen country. Every applicant knows full well that along with permanent residency in France comes the coveted right to post-Brexit free movement across the entire...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Charges for British passport renewals increase today

Costs to expats of passport renewals are to increase by inflation, but UK residents will see much higher charges. Taking British expats in France as an example, renewals will now be £105.86 with the price including secure delivery by courier, an increase of a little under three per cent over the previous cost of £102.86. Despite the increase on the already high charge for the service, some UK-resident citizens will be forced to pay increases of up to 27 per cent. A recent move to encourage Britons to order their replacement passports...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2018

British Embassy in Paris holds live Facebook Brexit discussions

Brexit questions on the British Embassy in Paris’s dedicated Facebook page came thick and fast last Monday from Britons less than happy about the recent negotiators’ agreement. Many British expats in France are still confused about their status, with some worried the recent signed agreement may not be ratified and others describing it as ‘as clear as mud’. The British Embassy’s Facebook effort was an attempt to shed some light into the dark corners of the written text and clarify the present position on issues not in the...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Macron urged to discuss problems of accidental Americans at Trump meeting

French lawmakers are working to ensure President Macron brings up the subject of ‘accidental Americans’ during his April meeting with Trump. French politicians sympathetic with the plight of ‘accidental Americans’ are hoping against hope they can persuade their president to raise the matter during his visit to Washington next month. The issue would need to be discussed with the US Treasury and the US Internal Revenue Service by representatives of the French Ministry of Finance. Deputy Speaker of the French National Assembly...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Broken Britain the cause of UK expat exodus

Broken Britain is one reason why UK nationals are rushing to move to Europe before Brexit officially kicks in. It seems the EU referendum has sparked an increasing exodus of angry and disappointed Britons looking to create a better lifestyle for themselves and their families. Some are setting up new businesses, others have successfully applied for better jobs and others are bringing forwards their retirement to coincide with 29 March next year. Most seem happy to embrace their new communities and avoid established expat enclaves....