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Latest 10 news items tagged France

19 Jan at 6 PM 2017

UK state pensioners in France terrified over more exchange rate falls

With the pound sterling forecast to sink even lower as the triggering of Article 50 draws nearer, Brit expats in France are fearing the worst. Theresa May’s long-awaited Brexit speech on Tuesday did nothing to allay the fears of British expats living in France on their UK state pensions. The PM’s continuing emphasis on a hard Brexit is expected to do even more damage to the already threatened currency and those who rely on it. Both EU and French politicians had been hoping for meat on the bones of ‘Brexit means Brexit’,...
19 Jan at 6 PM 2017

UK expats in Spain urge MP select committee to protect their rights

British nationals living in Spain and other EU member states have told British MPs a speedy gesture is needed to prevent their losing everything. Representatives from the Bremain in Spain group together with other campaigners for the right to remain spoke yesterday with members of a parliamentary select committee about their fears for their futures after Brexit takes effect. Their message was that the UK government must make the first move as regards the difficult question of rights for UK expats in Europe and EU expats in...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2017

British expat retirees not responsible for failing NHS

In spite of the perceived wisdom that elderly Brit expats are wrecking the NHS, aided and abetted by EU pensioners living in the UK, figures show the vast majority use heathcare provided by their countries of residence. Using numbers provided via a freedom of information request, the BBC has published an article with figures proving that the vast majority of UK expat retirees use local services under the EEA health card agreement. In Spain, 70,000 British retirees are registered to use the Spanish healthcare system, whilst in the UK...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Anti Brexit movement ramping up in the UK and abroad

As parliament dithers and no clarification has yet been received on the Supreme Court’s judgement, resistance to Brexit as a done deal is growing in the UK as well as in British expat communities across Europe. As protest groups continue forming in major European expat destinations, EU expats living in the UK are getting together in ever-increasing numbers to campaign against being summarily ejected from the country once Brexit is finalised. The vast majority of EU citizens in the UK, many of whom are long-stayers with jobs and...
4 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Tips for expats searching for a dream home in France

Dealing with French property agencies doesn’t have to be stressful for newbie expats looking for their dream home. If there’s one thing that’s absolutely certain about France, it’s that the French have their very own way of doing things which doesn't resemble the familiar British norms in any way. For expats searching for their dream home in France, it’s best to get some idea of the process before viewing. Nothing about buying a house in France will be familiar, starting with the terminology used to describe properties,...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2017

LMIM ponzi scheme boss gets away with it in Oz civil court

Founder of LM Investment Management Peter Drake has walked free from an Australian federal court after being cleared of wrongdoing. Charges against Drake were brought by Australia’s Securities and Investments Commission after the April 2013 collapse of what has been described as an ‘elaborate Ponzi scheme’ by advisors to the 1,200 investors robbed of a total of $800 million. The investments are reputed to have been touted across the expat world by commission-hungry independent financial advisors, the majority of whom were working...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in Europe rush for UK temp jobs as carers

Thousands of UK expats on hard times due to the sterling crash are flying home to take two-week job as carers in British care homes. According to an investigation by the Telegraph, cash-strapped Brits are being taken on part-time and left in charge of elderly people suffering from dementia, learning difficulties and other illnesses common in old age. The report noted many recruits have no relevant qualifications and are being left to manage the best they can with just a few days’ training, a reference booklet and a telephone. The...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in France unhappy with new street name

A far-right French mayor is causing annoyance to UK expats and pro-Europeans by his naming of a local road as ‘Brexit Street’ in honour of Britain’s referendum decision. Far-right Mayor of Beaucaire Julien Sanchez has caused resentment and controversy by his decision to ‘create a buzz’ by naming a road in an industrial estate after the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Even worse and obviously deliberate is the location of Rue du Brexit close by two streets named for European integration architects Jean Monnet and Robert...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Will New Year changes in France affect expat life

Traditionally, New Year’s Day welcomes many changes, with France no exception to the rule. Expats living in France will be used to minor changes in laws and rules arriving with the sunrise on January 1, with 2017 being no exception. However, most rile changes and price hikes are minor, and won’t disturb most expats’ daily regimes or hit their pockets too hard. For example, the recently-announced minimum wage increase gives a miniscule 11 euros a month, just about enough for a sandwich with fries. For expats in employment,...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expats in France can legally apply for permanent residency card

As the uncertainty of the fate of UK expats in the EU continues, those living in France may have an advantage due to the Carte de Sejour UE - sejours permanente. Although the thought of tackling French bureaucracy may strike terror into the hearts of many UK expats, there’s one way to avoid being on the first boat out after the Brexit divorce is finalised. EU citizens who’ve lived in France for more than five years may legally apply for the Carte de Sejour UE – sejours permanent which, as its name suggests, gives the right to...