Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

14 Jul at 4 PM 2015

British expat dies in hang glider accident in France

A British man residing in France died on Sunday when his hang glider collided into trees near the eastern town of Dole. The forty-nine-year-old expat’s hang glider crashed to the ground after hitting the trees, with initial investigations stating that a “bad landing” was the cause of death. Reports state that he crashed into tree tops as he was making his way to the landing field before plummeting 15 metres to his death. Emergency teams found him “in a state of cardiac arrest” and said that he broke his neck upon landing....
26 May at 4 PM 2015

Expats living in Spain to be affected by EU inheritance law

Expats in Spain could see their estates handed out against their intentions and their families having to fork out more tax than they should if they have not made a will. Spain is the most popular destination among emigrating British retirees, with thousands relocating to the Mediterranean nation each year. However, many remain completely unaware that the inheritance laws in the two countries are entirely different, and are all set to change once more. Spanish laws determine who the inheritor should be when a person who has not made...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2015

Expat mothers prefer life in Spain

Nearly half of the expat mothers living in Spain never want to return to their home country because they feel they have a better quality of living in their adopted country. MumAbroad.com conducted a survey that found that 49 per cent of expat mothers residing in Spain, Italy, Germany and France planned never to return home. Meanwhile, two-thirds are of the opinion that they have a better quality of life in their new country, despite the fact that they believe the education system is not of the same standard. The survey quizzed 650...
29 Apr at 4 PM 2015

Expat pimp arrested in Spain

A Belgian national dubbed ‘Europe’s biggest pimp’ has been arrested in the Spanish resort town of Torremolinos. Stefan Rene faces charges of heading a prostitution ring that spans the continent. He was picked up by the Guardia Civil after a Moroccan woman who worked for him told Belgian authorities where he was staying after he reportedly beat her and burnt her with a cigarette. Rene’s million-euro network was established in Malaga, southern Spain, and operates on the Costa del Sol, in Eastern Europe and in Belgium. The...
23 Apr at 12 PM 2015

Retired expats told to prove they are alive

An estimated five million Brits reside abroad and many of them are retirees who are claiming UK pensions; however, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has the problem of knowing whether the correct person is drawing the funds as some countries do not share certain information. Around £45m is said to be paid out to Brits who have retired to other countries but have since died, and it is their family members who are continuing to cash in pension cheques that should have been stopped immediately after the death. Some countries...
15 Apr at 4 PM 2015

Murdered British expat could have been killed over stolen veg fight

A British expat who was discovered dead in France last week might have been killed six months ago after a row about stolen vegetables. Last week, police arrested a Frenchman on suspicion of killing David King, 70, who was originally from London but is believed to have been living in northern France for 15 years. The retired lorry driver was found dead beneath a four-metre wall last Wednesday. King had been missing for nearly six months but police had opted against opening a missing persons investigations because they were of the...
15 Apr at 2 PM 2015

French police searching for missing British expat

Police in France have launched an investigation for an 80-year-old British expat after her rural home was found empty with lights on and two cups of unfinished coffee. More than 70 officers in the Dordogne region supported by helicopters began the search for Violet Price after being alerted that her whereabouts were unknown. She had met with family members for a barbecue in the town of Eymet last Saturday and has not been seen since. Her businessman son tried to call her later that day at the residence where she lives in nearby...
11 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Frenchman arrested after British expat found in well

Police have arrested a frenchman on suspicion of murdering his British neighbour and then disposing of the body in a well in Normandy. The British expat originally from London has been named as David King, aged 70. He hadn’t been seen by anyone for the past six months. After he retired from his job as an engineer 15 years ago, he moved to the south west of Caen, to the charming hamlet of Pierres. It is thought that Mr King got into a fight about money with one of his friends, aged 28, on 27 October when he visited for...
26 Mar at 3 PM 2015

British student among Germanwings victims

Paul Andrew Bramley, a 28 year old, was enrolled at César Ritz College’s hospitality and tourism course in Lucerne. According to UK officials, Mr. Bramley, originally from Hull, England was one of three British passengers flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf on the Airbus 320. On Tuesday, the plane crashed in the mountainous area in Haute-Provence. A British Foreign Office spokesman said that Paul had just been on holiday with his friends in Barcelona after finishing his first year studying at the college and that he was trying...
26 Mar at 12 PM 2015

Neglected paperwork could result in expats losing their state pension

Pensioners from the UK who live abroad need to keep up to date with their paperwork or they will risk losing their state pension. Expats over the age of 75 regularly receive forms sent by the Department of Work and Pensions, requesting proof that they are still alive. They only have nine months to complete these forms and return them. If the deadline is missed then the government cuts off their pensions as they are assumed to have passed away. In December 2013, these forms were introduced to prevent people from fraudulently trying to...