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Latest 10 news items tagged France

22 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Second home owners in France face swinging increase in property tax

British owners of second homes in France are facing a 60 per cent increase in property taxes following reforms by the new French president. Macron’s aim is to discourage the disruption of the property market caused by short-term holiday rentals by slapping a 60 per cent increase on property tax for second homes. Short-term rentals, he believes, are increasing the costs of full-time residents and need to be discouraged. The move was first mooted in his first budget, announced last year, and was immediately put into effect in Paris....
20 Feb at 6 PM 2018

New British anti Brexit political party launches campaign

A newcomer to Britain’s political scene inspired by the rise to power of France’s President Macron launched its campaign last Monday. The anti-Brexit Renew party was formed last year, following Macron’s surprise election to France’s top political job, and is determined to stop Brexit at any cost. It’s the latest indication that the movement to reverse Brexit is growing in numbers and commitment to saving the UK from the worst crisis since WWII. A spokesperson for the new party stated its first priority is to stoke debate on...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expats making life changing decisions due to anger and frustration

Whether they’re frustrated, angry or simply scared sick for their futures, ordinary Brits and Europeans are making life-changing plans before the UK/EU divorce is finalised. Whilst politicians on both sides are struggling to formulate at least a plan ahead, everyday Brit workers and EU expats are planning to relocate their lives and businesses in an attempt to avoid the worst Brexit scenario. As divisions between the various factions in the British Government widen, new non-governmental players join the game with massive donations...
19 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expat psychiatrist conducts survey on Brexit mental health effects

An expat psychiatrist living and working in France has identified Brexit-related anger, helplessness and severe anxiety amongst British expats. Christine Haworth-Staines, a fully qualified psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), has lived and worked in South West France for 10 years and is now seeing first hand how the decision to leave the EU has affected her fellow expats. During an interview with a respected online expat forum, she revealed her recently-conducted survey of 60 expats lining in...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2018

US expat havens in France

France is famous for being a number on destination for British expats, but it’s now becoming equally popular with Americans since Trump was elected. The day after the US election result was released, web pages on relocating to Europe saw a stunning surge in interest, with France one of the most-researched destinations. Since then, the numbers of US citizens now living the dream across the pond has increased considerably, with refugees from Trumpland settling happily in a number of French regions. The US Embassy’s...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2018

American dual nationals in France urge government help on unfair tax practices

A group of American/French citizens are seeking French government support to end US dual taxation. The group is the latest of several attempts by dual nationality American expats to get help to end the US taxman’s grip on their finances. The plan so far is to collect enough signatures on a petition in order to have a motion tabled in the French National Assembly, according to Fabien Lehagre, leader of the French/American group Accidental American Association. The association has 320 members at the present time, but is growing fast as...
9 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Briton in UAE accused of causing death of Arab pensioner in lift

A female British tourist has been detained and ordered not to leave the UAE after a fellow lift passenger died of a heart attack. The 32-year old British visitor to the UAE was in a hotel lift in Sharjah with a 60-year old Arab woman and brushed against her whilst leaving the lift. Just a few moments later, the older woman collapsed and died. Subsequently, the deceased‘s family made a formal complaint to local police, blaming the British woman for their relative’s death. The tourist was apprehended for questioning by the police,...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Unusually severe winter weather hits French nationals and expats alike

Expats in France are experiencing record levels of snowfall causing chaos on roads around the entire country as well as paralysing other means of transportation. Since Tuesday, record levels of snowfall not seen since 1987 have caused major disruption to road, rail and air transport, and motorists are being urged not to use their cars. According to transport officials, the situation is complicated and exceptional due to very low temperatures and snow piling up in both rural areas and cities. On Tuesday night, some 2,000 drivers...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Normandy to offer a local currency from March

Normandy is planning to stimulate its economy via the introduction of its own currency. Expats living in five Normandy’s departments will soon have the option of using a dedicated new currency in addition to the euro. By the end of March, Calvados, Manche, Seine-Maritime, Eure and Orne will offer the as yet un-named currency as an alternative to the euro at local establishments and shops which join the scheme. According to the authorities, it’s not being introduced as replacement for the euro but should incentivise shoppers to...
19 Jan at 6 PM 2018

British expats rushing to become citizens of France

Figures from France’s ministry of the Interior have confirmed rumours of a huge increase in applications for citizenship from UK expats. The French governmental department’s figures of around 3,173 British expats who’ve applied to become French citizens don’t come as a surprise, as the anecdotal evidence has been around for a good while. The numbers show an almost tenfold increase in applications over the figures for 2015, and confirm the anti-Brexit stance of British expats living and working in France. It’s expected a...