Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

5 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brexit effect devastates Spanish property market

Real estate agents in the Spanish Costas are reporting British demand for homes in the sun has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote. According to local estate agents, British demand for holiday and retirement homes in the popular Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote and subsequent sterling crash. The slump wiped out strong gains in the market during 2015, during which 10,000 homes were purchased by Britons taking advantage of the strong pound. Traditionally, British buyers...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

British expats in Europe to be allowed to stay

In a surprise turnaround, it seems that British expats living in EU member states are about to be granted the right to remain. Hundreds of thousands of British citizens working or retiring in EU member states have spent the last five months worrying they might be forced to lose everything and repatriate to the UK. According to political correspondents, the good news is that a majority of EU member state governments are in agreement about a reciprocal rights deal with Britain. Quotes from senior government sources are stating only...
17 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Best overseas locations for single expats

Expat surveys suggest a good proportion of those looking to emigrate are single, but few articles give advice on the best locations for a successful singles lifestyle. More often than not, articles giving advice to potential expats concentrate on relocation packages, jobs, best international schools and private heathcare facilities. As a result, even although as many as half of the total number of expats living overseas are single, it’s rare to find pages of advice about the best places to enjoy the single life. A recent survey...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Trump win scares US expats in Mexico

US citizens living in Mexico are already fearing for their lifestyles after Trump’s victory in the presidential election. For decades, Mexico has been popular with American expats looking for a retirement haven or as another option when considering starting a business. Many have lived on the opposite side of the US/Mexico border for years, and most are now expressing fears over the effect of the shocking election result. During his campaign, Trump regularly targeted Mexicans, accusing them of being criminals, rapists and...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Long stay expats in France see many changes

UK expats who’ve lived in France for many years have seen both positive and negative changes in their lifestyles. One of France’s major attractions for expats is that changes take far longer than in other countries, although all accept change is inevitable. Fortunately, most changes which have taken place of the past several decades have been expat-friendly and positive, with the possible exception of rising prices. French food is justifiably famous world-wide, but it’s an unusual expat who doesn’t crave an occasional taste...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2016

French parliament Brexit meeting told Brit expats face cataclysmic changes

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

Sterling crash crushes retirement dreams for thousands of British expats

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

Juncker being sued by British expat group over no negotiation order

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

Does living overseas make one an expat or an immigrant

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

Brexit already affecting Brit expats in France

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...