Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Bringing your dog to France from the USA

France’s appeal is now even more international, as an increasing number of US citizens are giving up on the home country and moving to France along with their pets. Emigrating across continents with your beloved pet dog or cat is a stressful experience at best as well as being an expensive undertaking. Although things rarely go wrong, it’s just the thought that they might which causes sleepless nights prior to departure day. At present, bringing a dog to France from the UK is straightforward due to the EU’s Pet Passport scheme,...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Elderly British expat farmer shot dead in row over farm usage

A 72-year old British expatriate living in France has been shot dead by his tenant in a row over land upkeep and development. David Daniels had lived in the southwest of France for 25 years, and was the owner of 130 acres of farmland including a forest, cattle and crops. He was a popular figure in the village of Edon, liked for his open-mindedness, love of history and heritage and kindness. According to villagers, he and his tenant Pascal were in a long-running row over the upkeep of the land owned by Daniels. The fatal attack...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France offered $60 for Brexit opinions

UK expats living in France are being offered £60 to give their Brexit views at British Embassy outreach meetings. As part of the British Embassy’s Brexit-focused outreach campaign in France, UK expats living in and around Paris and Nice are being asked to attend and give their views at targeting focus group meetings. Each meeting will last around one and half hours, and participants in three groups, students, working people and pensioners will each receive a gratuity of £60. Those attending will be asked for their opinions on...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Retired Brit expat arrested for starting forest fires in Spain

A retired British expat has been arrested and accused of starting last summer’s forest fires in Spain’s protected Puerto Mayor area. The unnamed 78-year old is believed to spend the summer months living in the region before returning to the UK for the winter, and was arrested after being discovered close by the origins of the fires holding a five-litre jerry can containing petrol, matches and several cigarette lighters. He is due to appear in court before a judge who will decide whether to release him on bail or hold him in...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Vote Leave supremo application for French residency angers UK expats

UK expat residents across France have reacted with fury over media broke the news of Nigel Lawson’s application for a French residence permit. Nigel, now Lord Lawson, chaired the pro-Brexit Vote Leave campaign, even although he owned and lives in an 18th century mansion in the Gers region of France. UK residents across France along with campaign groups are now calling for the former politician‘s application to be refused by the French authorities. Lawson has never made a secret of his love for life in France, once telling...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

New Zealand increases minimum income requirements as net migration falls

New Zealand’s record numbers of immigrant arrivals seems to finally be over as net migration is now falling. According to statistics, annual net migration in the year to March 2018 totalled 68,000, a drop of 4,400 from last year’s total of 72,400. It’s still an impressive number and high by historical standards, but reflects the fact that an increasing number of non-New Zealand citizens are leaving. However, according to specialist statisticians, the numbers of arriving migrants haven’t changed by much. Latest figures...
30 May at 6 PM 2018

Expat teachers in Mumbai now call India home

Expat teachers are flocking to Mumbai from across the world due to the increasing number of international schools opening in the city. Experienced educators from Europe, Canada and the USA are now learning to adapt their teaching styles to those of an Indian classroom at the same time as introducing Western education's best practices. In their personal lives, they’re bonding with various expat communities as well as sharing their interest in India’s fascinating culture and long history. Importantly, they're introducing local...
25 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit father and son VAT fraudsters captured in Spain

A recently arrived British father and son have been arrested in their villa near Benidorm for a one million VAT fraud. Benidorm was the chosen expat refuge for Brian Colwell and his son Jamie, just as it has been for decades for criminals fleeing the long arm of British justice, but the unsavoury pair have now been hauled back to the UK to begin their prison sentences. The pair were finally tracked down to their villa outside the favourite Spanish beach resort by investigators from HM Revenue and Customs after they’d breached their...
25 May at 6 PM 2018

British ex army burglar finally caught after targeting expats

A British ex-soldier convicted of a burglary spree in central France has been caught after going on the run for five months. The unnamed 52 year old had terrified expats and local living in Civray, a market town close by La Rochelle. Targeting the expat community and identifying them by their British car number plates, he carried out at least 40 burglaries before he was caught. His victims were often second home owners who visited regularly but didn’t leave their properties well-secured whilst they were away. Finally apprehended...
23 May at 6 PM 2018

Is Brexit responsible for reestablishing expat ghettos

Is Brexit about to be a spur for bringing together the British expat community in France? For decades, the focus of the British expat community across the channel in France seems to have been integration into the French community rather than taking an active part in both ethnic groups. Occasional articles in the English language media seem to suggest it’s the ‘done thing’ to become more French than the French and reject one’s own nationality in favour of a new model. As the cancer of racial intolerance spurred on by Brexit...