Expat France News
Latest 10 news items tagged France
20 May at 6 PM 2013
A recent poll showed an increase in the number of British expats living overseas who feel positive about their current financial situations.
The survey, undertaken by financial advisory organisation deVere Group, showed that 54 percent of those who took part feel more confident about their current financial status. Those feeling less confident represented 19 per cent, and the inevitable ‘don’t knows’ came out at 27 per cent.
Participants in the poll were drawn from the firm’s existing and potential clients in Switzerland,...
17 May at 6 PM 2013
As French lawmakers fight over the introduction of new tax laws affecting expats who have overseas investments or pensions, potentially affected expats in the country are facing financial confusion.
The issue concerns the double tax ruling between France
and Britain, with taxing UK expats on their pension and investment earnings in the UK possibly illegal unless the expat has failed to already pay tax on money earned offshore. French lawmakers are analysing the double tax treaties between France
, the UK and other countries but have so...
16 May at 6 PM 2013
The World Value Survey’s map of every world country’s level of racial tolerance was used by Swedish researchers to determine the relationship between racism and economic freedom.
The report by Swedish economists was prompted by one of many questions asked in the original survey of respondents in 80 world countries. The question was simple, with people asked to identify the types of people they’d dislike as neighbours.
One check-listed answer was people of another race’, which led the economists to reason that countries in...
2 May at 6 PM 2013
Fixed mortgage rates on offer to Britons looking for a new life in France
are at their lowest since the end of WWII.
Now that French property prices are in decline, the temptation of a 20-year fixed rate mortgage at 3.35 per cent or a tracker deal over the same period at 2 per cent may be too good to ignore for those desperate to emigrate. Leading French banks are competing to offer great deals to reliable buyers in an attempt to shore up the property market.
A spokesman for a leading estate agency said rates are at their lowest...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Switzerland’s most famous product wasn’t the cuckoo clock or the sound of unmusical yodelling, it was its traditional reputation for secrecy and financial stability.
A well-managed currency, sound banking system and its long tradition of secrecy and exquisite service to its wealthy international clients put the country at the top of the financial tree for those wishing to keep their finances private and remunerative. Nowadays, however, the advantages of a Swiss bank account have diminished to the point of no...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2013
The European Commission is pressurising France
to reverse its denial of healthcare to expat retirees in the country.
The ongoing row over health care for expat pensioners began in 2007, when the French government brought in new rules stating that EU member country retirees living in the country were only entitled to free healthcare after a residence period of more than five years or if they were over the official retirement age. The rules caused chaos for early and recently arrived retirees.
Those affected were forced to buy...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2013
A 52 year-old British citizen recently returned from three years living in France
is being denied job seeker allowance and other income-related benefits.
Homeless Jane Carter moved to France
to live her dream just over three years ago, but, sadly, the dream turned sour and forced her to return to the UK to find a job and start her life all over again. Dividing her week between her daughter’s Harlow home and that of her 82 year-old mother in Loughton, Carter’s first stop was at Loughton’s job centre.
Following her interview,...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2013
In spite of the continuing Eurozone crisis and the French government’s recent imposition of tax hikes on property, France
is still the dream destination for thousands of would-be migrants.
Quality of life is the number one reason for most people planning the move of a lifetime, with visions of quaint villages with traditional markets, bars and bistros livening the miserable British winter as the planning continues. The fact that France
is easy to get to and near enough for regular visits to friends and families also...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2013
Noticeable trends in Canada’s immigration rulings over the past decade have shown a more favourable attitude towards workers with specific skills, investors and entrepreneurs.
Historically, Canadian immigration laws have favoured workers eager to take on jobs in which Canadian nationals have little interest. The majority of those granted visas prior to the turn of this century were not given the opportunity to become permanent residents.
Successive governments since then have realised the need for talented immigrants willing to...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2013
The British Community Committee of France
(BCCF) is demanding that the liability of inheritance tax be cancelled after 15 years’ expat absence from the UK.
UK expats who move overseas on a permanent basis are denied the right to vote after 15 years’ residence abroad, with the move by France’s largest expat group being seen as an attempt to level the playing field for migrants settled overseas. The loss of voting rights by long-stay expats is at present being challenged in the UK courts by a number of those affected.