Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

25 May at 6 PM 2017

Expat retirees in France can expect a longer life

A recent study has confirmed the French are living longer than those in most other countries, making it the perfect destination for expat retirees. According to a French study of life expectancy across the world, French elder citizens are fortunate they were born there due to the fact that life expectancy is at one of the world’s highest levels and still increasing. For example, women’s average age is now approaching 90, and men aren’t far behind. The country has been attracting expat retirees for decades, and it now seems the...
25 May at 6 PM 2017

LibDem leader Farron calls for MPs for Brit expats in Europe

The leader of the Liberal Democrat political party is urging increased parliamentary representation for the 1.2 million British expatriates living in EU member states. LibDem leader Tim Farron is suggesting new constituencies with their own members of parliament should be drawn up in order to represent British expat communities across Europe. In a recent speech he stated his party recognised the total unfairness of a system which disallows British citizens from voting for their own representatives in parliament. Farron is accusing...
24 May at 6 PM 2017

EU demands lifetime protection for all expats rights

The EU is demanding a lifetime guarantee of rights for all expats affected by Brexit. The demand was made as part of the EU’s negotiation directives, and is focused on the rights and status of all expat citizens and their families, both in the UK and in the 27 EU member states. Safeguarding those likely to be affected due to circumstances beyond their control is essential, according to the directive, due to the high numbers of expats involved and the seriousness of the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal. According to Louis...
22 May at 6 PM 2017

Taking your dog with you when relocating

Relocating expats whose dogs are a precious part of their lives need not be nervous about the process, as many world countries will make both of them welcome. Expats with much-loved dogs could be forgiven for panicking when it’s time to relocate to another job in another country, but there’s no need to worry. The practicalities of pet relocation are straightforward if costly, as long as the destination country’s requirements are met. The best way to ensure your furry best friend is well taken care of on the journey is to...
2 May at 6 PM 2017

French taxman to pay informers for info on wealthy expat tax avoiders

The French tax office’s new move to pay informers for details of wealthy expats who fail to report their tax residency is aimed at targeting international tax dodgers. Expats in France who aren't unusually well-off won’t need to worry, as the new laws are specifically aimed at wealthy foreign residents who spend part of the year in France and who have not declared themselves as tax resident. Tax officials have explained that rewards for informing on expats would only be given out if the information includes international scale...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Internet speeds and costs in expat hubs

Keeping in touch with this fast-changing planet is now essential for the majority of expatriates and requires fast internet connections which don’t cost the earth. Once upon a long time ago, adventurous expats left their home countries to lose themselves in new cultures or to work in exotic locations they’d previously never heard of. In the present day internet age, it’s possible not only to get a grasp of any world destination before you leave, it’s also possible to earn as you learn and still keep in touch with friends and...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Warnings about QROPS pension scammers still hitting the headlines

Due perhaps to the soaring popularity over the last decade of the Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) and its benefits for those on private pensions, the numbers of pension scammers taking advantage of financial novices have also shown a massive increase. QROPS are based outside the UK and must meet stringent conditions imposed by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. Should the conditions be breached, the hapless pension saver will be liable for a tax bill of 55 per cent of the full amount. However, for pensioners...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2017

France worlds best country for growing old

Results of a new study have confirmed France as the best place in the world for long life expectancy, making it the idea destination for retirees. Life expectancy levels in France are some of the highest in the developed world and are continuing to increase year after year. Right now, the average age for women is calculated as approaching a remarkable 90 years. Life in the slower lane clearly has its advantages, especially after a frenetically stressed lifestyle run by a demanding career. For Britons, France has a permanent place...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Petition to allow long term expats the vote gathers thousands of signatures

Expat media outlets across Europe’s sunshine and retirement hubs are picking up on the news that yet another violation of UK citizens’ democratic right to vote will forbid those British nationals who’ve lived overseas for 15 years from voting in the recently announced snap election. Given the reasons behind the British PM’s sudden policy reversal resulting in her call for a general election seven weeks from now, refusing the vote to the thousands of Britons most likely to have their chosen lifestyles wrecked by a hard Brexit...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Major new study to estimate Brexit impact on UK expatriates in Europe

A major new study undertaken at the University of London’s Goldsmiths College is to examine the damage Brexit is expected to cause to UK expats living in EU member states. The research project will form part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s ongoing project entitled The UK in a Changing Europe, and will he headed up by Goldsmiths’ Reader in Sociology Dr Michaela Benson. Also on the team will be author of The British on the Costa del Sol Prof. Karen O’Reilly and a group of researchers from the Institute for...