Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

21 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Petition to allow long term expats the vote gathers thousands of signatures

Expat media outlets across Europe’s sunshine and retirement hubs are picking up on the news that yet another violation of UK citizens’ democratic right to vote will forbid those British nationals who’ve lived overseas for 15 years from voting in the recently announced snap election. Given the reasons behind the British PM’s sudden policy reversal resulting in her call for a general election seven weeks from now, refusing the vote to the thousands of Britons most likely to have their chosen lifestyles wrecked by a hard Brexit...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Major new study to estimate Brexit impact on UK expatriates in Europe

A major new study undertaken at the University of London’s Goldsmiths College is to examine the damage Brexit is expected to cause to UK expats living in EU member states. The research project will form part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s ongoing project entitled The UK in a Changing Europe, and will he headed up by Goldsmiths’ Reader in Sociology Dr Michaela Benson. Also on the team will be author of The British on the Costa del Sol Prof. Karen O’Reilly and a group of researchers from the Institute for...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Spain loses position as Brit retirement haven due to Brexit

A new study has revealed that Spain, traditionally the favourite retirement hub for British expats, is now losing out thanks to the Brexit vote. The survey, conducted by Anchor, a retirement care and housing provider, is bad news for Spain, once the most attractive destination for many thousands of British retirees. Almost half the retirees who took part in the study said they were ‘unlikely’ to make the move to Spain, whilst the 41 per cent who had already decided to become expatriates in Spain, France and other EU member states...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Brit expat arrested for burglary following a two year crime spree

A British expat has been arrested by French police, ending his two-year crime spree of burglaries at the unattended homes of other British citizens. The as yet unnamed Briton was arrested at his rural home in a small village outside the Western France town of Civray, a popular destination for British expats and holiday home owners. The arrest followed after neighbours tipped off local gendarmes, and the man later admitted to at least 38 burglaries, undertaken over a two year period during which he watched out for second homeowners and...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Yet more of the same from Brit Foreign Office to UK expats

Tuesday’s British Foreign Office Facebook question and answer session repeated more of the same to UK expats, but failed to dampen fears of the future by giving straightforward answers. The session, held on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Facebook travel page and led by Julia Longbottom, offered no new guarantees but seemingly rehashed information any concerned expat would already have read on expat sites online or in their local English language newspapers. Longbottom is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s director for...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2017

UK expat retirees caught in Brexit heathcare trap

British lawmakers at a hearing in the House of Commons have been informed UK expat pensioners living in EU countries will be caught in a healthcare trap if forced to return to the UK. Chair of the British Community Committee of France Christopher Chantrey told MPs British pensioners living in France are in a state of fear and anguish over their healthcare and residence rights once the UK leaves the EU. He explained the ending of the European S1 healthcare scheme would mean expats losing their rights to French reimbursements, thus...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Expat parents hit by increase in international school fees

The annual cost of tuition at international schools is set to rise during the current year by an average of two per cent. The results of a recent survey indicate the global mean annual cost of an international school education for expat children in 2017 is now $15,363 per child, excluding extras. The study, undertaken by ECA International, revealed China is now the most expensive location for international school tuition, with the USA, UK, France and Switzerland also featuring in the top 10 priciest countries. Expat parents prefer...
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...