Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court Brexit vote judgment ignores and insults UK expats

The judgment handed down by the High Court regarding the right to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum both ignores and insults British citizens who have chosen to exercise their entitlement to free movement within the EU. Although the case will now go directly to appeal at the Supreme Court, yesterday’s decision simply fuels the fires of uncertainty and fear across expat communities in Eu member states. Comments made by the judges disregarded the possible plight of expats, with those still unable to cast their votes the worst...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Study shows majority of EU based expats have Brexit fears

A recent study has revealed that two thirds of UK expats living in European Union countries are concerned that Britain’s leaving the EU would have significant negative effects on their lives. The poll, carried out on behalf of an investment and financial advisory company, involved expatriates in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany. Just over two-thirds of respondents admitted they were anxious about the outcome Brexit, with 24 per cent unconcerned and eight per cent saying they did not know. According to...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court ruling on expat voting disenfranchisement to be delayed

Following this week’s High Court hearing, British expats in Europe are now waiting for the court to make a ruling on the controversial issue. The long-awaited legal challenge of the UK government's ruling of disenfranchisement for expats living overseas for over 15 years has resulted in the High Court reserving judgment on the issue. Lawyers for plaintiffs Harry Shindler and Jacquelyn MacLennan argued that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years were ‘on the horns of an impossible dilemma’ as they would need to...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UK retirees still prefer European destinations for their golden years

Despite increasing fears that the upcoming Brexit referendum will wreck their long-held plans, UK retirees are still planning to head to favourite European destinations to enjoy their golden years. A recent survey showed that one in every ten respondents were intending to use their pension savings to retire overseas. The poll involved 1,000 UK citizens between the ages of 50 to 70 years, with the coastal continental European destinations topping out as the chosen favourites for 68 per cent of those who took part. The most popular...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Brexit bewilderment causing expat panic in paradise

As the Brexit debate rages on, an exodus of British expats at present living in Europe is being touted as the likely result. Concern is growing in British expat communities across Europe, fuelled by an almost total lack of hard information about the consequences of Britain’s leaving the European Union. Speculation and rumours about the loss of free healthcare, the introduction of frozen state pensions, the right to study overseas, higher taxes and a falling exchange rate are sowing panic amongst long-established communities of...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2016

New online radio station aims at UK expats in France

Based online to circumvent French regulations on providing French language content, the newly-launched Expat Radio aims to provide chat and nostalgia to Brits living in France. Dave Hailwood, the former DJ behind the new venture, plans to lessen loneliness and unite Brits all across the country with his cosy mix of live chat, banter, news, music and discussion. He’s aware that most expats tune in to radio programmes from the UK to enjoy the familiar, friendly interaction, and hopes to provide homesick expats with an equally friendly...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2016

British expat to lose Spanish home to banking scam

A British pensioner living in the Costa del Sol is about to be forced out of her dream retirement home after falling foul of an equity release scam operated on behalf of the Icelandic bank Landsbanki. Due to a decade of coverage in online and offline media reducing the risk of being scammed, the presence in popular overseas retirement havens of unscrupulous financial advisors is now well-known and understood. However, in 2005, commission-hungry so-called IFAs had the field to themselves and many unsuspecting expats were caught in their...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2016

EU Brexit fears stalk UK expat communities

Fears of a massive shake-up for expat Brits in the EU’s favourite destinations are dominating discussions about the political and personal ramifications of a Brexit ‘yes’ vote. Should the result of the June 23 referendum see the rug being pulled from under the feet of those who’ve chosen the good life over staying in the UK, a forced and unwelcome return to the home country may be the only available option. Panic reactions aside, the fallout of Britain’s leaving the EU could result in pensions chaos, non-available health...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2015

Expat mum conquers Alps with nine-year-old son

A British mum living in France has achieved her dream of becoming a ski instructor and scaling the Alps with her young son. Single mum Tori Collins, 27, grew up in Buckinghamshire and always wanted to be a ski instructor, so four years ago decided to move to the French Alps. Now living in the resort time of Tignes with her nine-year-old son, Ossie, she has achieved that dream, teaching people of all ages and abilities. And last week, Tori and Ollie conquered Aiguille de la Grande Sassiee, a 3,751-metre mountain just outside Tignes....
13 Aug at 6 PM 2015

British expat drowns in French lake

A British expat has drowned in a lake at a campsite in Marandan in the Isere region of southeast France. The man, 57, who is thought to have lived in the nearby town of Saint Jean en Royons, had been on an afternoon swim when he got into trouble. The lake has an area that it supervised for bathing, but campsite worker Yannick Meheust said that the victim, Roger, had been swimming outside the area. It remains unknown what the exact cause of the drowning was, but Meheust said he could have suffered from a heart attack while swimming...