Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

8 Mar at 6 PM 2017

EU hits out at Portugal for its lenient expat pension tax laws

Favourite UK retiree destination Portugal is in the EU’s sights for its lenient expat pension tax laws. The EU’s war with retirement tax havens is now focused on Portugal’s generous expat tax laws, some of the most lenient in the entire European Union. The first shot fired across the country’s bows came from Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson, who said retirees should choose Portugal for its green wine and climate, not for its tax avoidance policies. For many years, the country has been the preferred retirement...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expatriate group coalition slams UK government over lack of communication

Spokespersons for a coalition of 12 UK expat groups have accused the British government of misleading parliament over efforts to protect the post-Brexit rights of British nationals settled in EU countries. A coalition of 12 campaign bodies representing UK expats across Europe is condemning the British government for lying about having been in contact with the groups. The UK government’s Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) claims it’s engaging with expatriate groups, but campaign founders deny having been approached...
27 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Protest groups lobby peers before Brexit amendment debate

UK expats in Europe have been urged to lobby members of the House Of Lords over an amendment to the proposed Brexit Bill. The amendment is due to be debated this week in the British parliament’s Upper House, with its aim the protection of the rights of Britons living in EU member states. It demands that, before Brexit is triggered by the activating of Article 50, the UK must guarantee all rights of EEA nationals now in the UK as well as prioritising an early negotiated agreement preserving the rights of UK expats living in the EEA...
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...