Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

British expats overseas denied referendum postal votes through EC incompetence

Giving that the referendum result was a close call, is it possible that international postal chaos and EC inefficiency has been responsible for the Brexit win? British expats across three continents are outraged after losing their chances to vote in the Brexit referendum due to international postal chaos and the uncaring attitude of the UK’s Electoral Commission . Unacceptable delays and administrative errors have caused an as yet unspecified number of Brit expats living overseas to be denied the chance to voice their views....
23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expat retirees backtracking as more young people leave

A recent survey has revealed an increase in younger people becoming expats whilst more retirees are returning to the UK due to financial woes. In 2015, more than 121,000 UK citizens left the UK and headed for expat destinations across the world, according to the Office for National Statistics. At the same time, a NatWest International survey indicated that almost half the total left to work overseas, and around 6 per cent left to study at overseas universities. Taking the two studies into account, it seems that expats are becoming...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Where best to live for UK expat Francophiles

France has long been the choice for Brits looking for great weather, superb cuisine, fine wines and a huge variety of history and culture, but where’s the best region and town to settle? A recent survey revealed a surprising first choice for overall quality of life linked with easy access to international air links, the coast, stunning countryside and even Paris. For all this and more, the Breton city of Rennes won out. Taking into account its 200,000 friendly residents, charming historic architecture and buzzing local markets, the...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat favourites in this global migration century

With global migration now at an all-time high and involving huge numbers of international professionals as well as retirees, where do they come from and where do they go? Professional expats have many reasons for leaving the home country, with career prospects, increased salaries, an improvement in the work/life balance and the excitement of a new challenge some of the most important. A new report from the United Nations tracks the most popular destination countries and maps the home countries of the international diaspora. The...
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...