Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

23 Feb at 6 PM 2017

UK expats forced back home by Brexit may not have NHS coverage

British MPs have been told UK expat returnees post-Brexit may not be allowed immediate access to the National Health Service. Once Britain leaves the EU and cancels the reciprocal EU health scheme coverage, British pensioners may be forced to return to the UK but may not be entitled to immediate treatment via the National Health Service. A recent House of Commons hearing focused on UK retirees at present domiciled in France, all of whom are suffering anguish over the possibility of having to relocate to the home country. UK citizens,...
21 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Multiple reports claim post Brexit expats legal status a mess

As the legal problems facing UK and EU expats after Brexit become more acute, multiple media reports suggest the British government will face huge headaches. UK citizens living in EU member states as well as EU nationals in Britain are due to be mired in a terrifying legal quagmire as regards their rights, according to the Financial Times. The comment was quoted as coming from an anonymous senior Brexit negotiator, and brings into focus the UK’s need to agree a policy covering every issue from the rights of British-born children of...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Singapore scores as favourite UK expat professional destination

The city-state of Singapore is again hitting the headlines as the best destination for relocating expat professionals. Singapore has long been a hub for UK expatriates seeking high salaries, first-world amenities and opportunities to develop their careers, and is a high scorer in related surveys as a result. The latest survey by an international removals specialist company rated the city-state as number one of 18 destinations, triumphing over Canada and Australia in second and third places. Chart-topping reasons for Singapore’s...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2017

New poll shows four out of five UK expats live in fear of Brexit effect

Survey shows 80 per cent of respondents fear for their post Brexit lives. A survey initiated by the Brussels and Europe Lib Dem group reveals that the vast majority of respondents are living in fear of the devastating effect of Brexit on their families and their lives. The survey, taken by 5,170 Britons living in EU member states, took place following last week’s Commons vote which opened the door for Theresa May to activate Article 50 next month. Asked about their main concern about Brexit, 25 per cent of respondents, most of...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2017

One million signatures needed for push to legalise EU passports to UK expats

The UK expat campaign group Bremain in Spain is joining forces with Choose Freedom Campaign in promoting a European Citizens Initiative seeking a million EU citizens’ signatures. Active in fighting for UK expats’ rights to remain in Spain after Brexit is finalised, Bremain in Spain spokesperson Sue Wilson told the Olive Press the move is a great opportunity for those who were unable to vote in the Brexit referendum to make their views known. Many long-term UK expat residents in Spain were unable to vote due to the UK’s 15-year...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Paris pushing its claim to City bankers

Just as the strong possibility of a hard Brexit looms closer, a French charm offensive has arrived in London to woo financial professionals and bankers. It’s no surprise Paris is putting itself forward as an alternative hub to London for financial services once Brexit severs the passporting ties which come with European Union membership. Germany and the Netherlands have also indicated a willingness to welcome bankers and the like, but the Paris team may have stolen their thunder by being the first to arrive. The French team,...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2017

French expatriate numbers increase as election looms

As the French general election draws near, more and more French nationals are voting with their feet and leaving for foreign climes. Unlike the British, the French are not so well known for emigrating, with even those who do traditionally choosing known quantities in Europe where French is spoken. However, over the last several years, not only have the numbers of French émigrés increased, but more adventurous decisions as regards countries are occasionally being made. Totals of French nationals living overseas and registered with...
1 Feb at 6 PM 2017

EU green card could solve EU and UK expat dilemmas

The founder of the New Europeans group has won the Financial Times Future of Britain award for his suggestion of a new category of citizenship in Europe. Today’s FT article celebrates the group’s founder, Roger Casale, for his innovative suggestion of a European green card for EU expats living and working in the UK and its expansion to include UK and third-country expats. Casale quotes a recent opinion poll which, in his opinion, confirms the British sense of fair play in that two thirds of respondents hoped the government would...
1 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expats praise Toulouse as the perfect French destination

France is the second-most popular destination for UK expats after Spain, with the French city of Toulouse one of the loveliest urban destinations in the entire country. Whether retiring, starting a small business or simply looking for a more laid-back lifestyle, France is a long-term favourite with expats, especially those fleeing the UK’s depressing climate. There’s a choice of varied regions as regards weather and topography as well as a plethora of cities, towns and villages to choose from. One absolute favourite known as the...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2017

MEP taskforce updated to include both EU and UK expats

In a follow-up to an article last week about an EU MEP’s plan to set up a parliamentary cross-party taskforce, a major French expat newspaper is now detailing the initiative's progress. Sophie in’t Veld, deputy leader of an EU parliamentary group, mooted the taskforce due to her concerns about the harsh treatment by the Home Office of EU expats in the UK attempting to gain permanent residency or citizenship. She’s also concerned about the post-Brexit plight of UK citizens in EU member states. Following her request for tales...