Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

30 Sep at 6 PM 2016

New UK law forces British banks to allow expat accounts

Discrimination by British banks against UK expats with no ties to the country wishing to open accounts is now against the law. For some years, British banks have refused to open accounts for UK expats living overseas, and have even closed existing accounts. The reason behind the discrimination seems to be that not having a UK address stops financial companies from monitoring customers’ credit history in order to underwrite borrowing. Whatever the reason, the banks’ unacceptable behaviour has caused major problems for many...
22 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats love France for its quality of life

A respected online survey taking in the world’s major expat destinations has praised France for its quality of life. Although France in general received brickbats as well as praise, its quality of life for expats was rated a deserved fourth out of the 45 countries surveyed. The result was far in advance of the USA at 26th and the UK took a disappointing 30th place. Over two-thirds of expats living permanently in France said their quality of life had improved considerably since moving. One observation made by a good number of...
22 Sep at 4 PM 2016

Totals of UK expat pensioners winter fuel payments slashed following crackdown

The recent crackdown on payment of winter fuel allowances to UK expat pensioners living overseas has resulted in the total cost of providing the benefit falling by two-thirds. The British government’s bill for winter fuel payments to pensioners living outside the UK has fallen dramatically since new rules for its entitlement were brought in. The winter of 2015/2016 saw just 42,015 pensioners resident in EU member states receiving the benefit, a striking contrast to the 2014/2015 payments to 137,845 expat retirees. Former work and...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Two dead and 20 injured in Indonesian fast ferry explosion

A modern, Australian-built fast ferryboat has exploded during a run between Bali and the island of Lombok. The Gili Cat ferryboat was carrying around 40 people when it blew up after smoke was seen pouring from its engine. It’s not yet certain whether the dead and injured are all tourists holidaying in Bali or whether expats were caught in the tragedy. One Austrian woman and one European woman were killed, and at least 20 passengers received injuries. Forensic teams are investigating the cause of the fatal explosion, with one who...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2016

New French universal heathcare system to benefit expats

Earlier this year, the French government introduced a new universal system giving automatic and continuous healthcare rights to permanent legal residents. The new Protection Universelle Maladie system is available to all permanent legal residents in France including expat retirees. To qualify, expats need to have been living in France for at least three months and spending at least 183 days per year within the country’s borders. Basically, the new rules shorten the length of time foreigners need to have been resident before being...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Spain sue Rothschild over mis-sold equity release schemes

According to a recent article in the Sunday Times, a group of four expats living in Spain have filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment in the matter of an illegal equity release scheme. The lawsuit due to be heard in Britain’s High Court is being seens as a test case for more than 800 British retirees in Spain, Portugal and France who were drawn into remortgaging their homes in order to re-invest the capital in offshore funds. Representatives of the unregistered financial advice company Henry Woods, blacklisted from operating in Spain...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Post Brexit expats may need residency visas to live in Europe

According to the Home Office, Britons planning to emigrate to European Union member states may well need long-term residency visas. European countries are favourite destinations for British citizens wishing to retire overseas, with the EU freedom of movement laws allowing easy access. The Brexit vote takes away freedom of movement, potentially wrecking the plans of many thousands of UK state pensioners searching for a lower cost of living and warmer weather. Once Britain leaves the EU, freedom of movement will become a thing of...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2016

French property pitfalls for unsuspecting expats

Older, run-down or derelict properties in France, however charming and remote, may be the worst real estate decision expats ever make. Falling in love with a ramshackle, stone-built French cottage miles from anywhere is a familiar syndrome affecting a large number of Brits desperate to leave their overcrowded, politically unstable home country for a peaceful retirement in beautiful surroundings. Sadly, the romantic dream often turns into a nightmare soon after contracts are signed. The trap of purchasing exactly the wrong...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2016

EU president to face expats legal challenge over negotiations ban

Under the umbrella of the Fair Deal for Expats campaign group, UK expats are mounting a legal challenge against the EU president’s ban preventing any Brexit negotiations taking place before Article 50 is triggered. This new legal challenge is based on proving EU President Jean-Claude Juncker’s ban on any pre-Article 50 negotiations between the UK and EU officials was an illegal act. Arguments attempting to shore up Britain’s bargaining position as regards informal preliminary talks with EU politicians will be heard at...
8 Sep at 6 PM 2016

How to enjoy expat life by working fewer hours

Expat lifestyle surveys aren’t just about how much money is earned, where’s the surest destination for fast career advancement and what’s best for families, they’re also about spending as little time as possible in the office. Expat networking website InterNations’ latest survey is hitting the headlines by identifying the top relocation destinations for those wanting to work as few hours as is possible. Spending as little time as possible in the office allows more time to be spent enjoying your new country, even although the...