Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

15 Apr at 4 PM 2015

Murdered British expat could have been killed over stolen veg fight

A British expat who was discovered dead in France last week might have been killed six months ago after a row about stolen vegetables. Last week, police arrested a Frenchman on suspicion of killing David King, 70, who was originally from London but is believed to have been living in northern France for 15 years. The retired lorry driver was found dead beneath a four-metre wall last Wednesday. King had been missing for nearly six months but police had opted against opening a missing persons investigations because they were of the...
15 Apr at 2 PM 2015

French police searching for missing British expat

Police in France have launched an investigation for an 80-year-old British expat after her rural home was found empty with lights on and two cups of unfinished coffee. More than 70 officers in the Dordogne region supported by helicopters began the search for Violet Price after being alerted that her whereabouts were unknown. She had met with family members for a barbecue in the town of Eymet last Saturday and has not been seen since. Her businessman son tried to call her later that day at the residence where she lives in nearby...
11 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Frenchman arrested after British expat found in well

Police have arrested a frenchman on suspicion of murdering his British neighbour and then disposing of the body in a well in Normandy. The British expat originally from London has been named as David King, aged 70. He hadn’t been seen by anyone for the past six months. After he retired from his job as an engineer 15 years ago, he moved to the south west of Caen, to the charming hamlet of Pierres. It is thought that Mr King got into a fight about money with one of his friends, aged 28, on 27 October when he visited for...
26 Mar at 3 PM 2015

British student among Germanwings victims

Paul Andrew Bramley, a 28 year old, was enrolled at César Ritz College’s hospitality and tourism course in Lucerne. According to UK officials, Mr. Bramley, originally from Hull, England was one of three British passengers flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf on the Airbus 320. On Tuesday, the plane crashed in the mountainous area in Haute-Provence. A British Foreign Office spokesman said that Paul had just been on holiday with his friends in Barcelona after finishing his first year studying at the college and that he was trying...
26 Mar at 12 PM 2015

Neglected paperwork could result in expats losing their state pension

Pensioners from the UK who live abroad need to keep up to date with their paperwork or they will risk losing their state pension. Expats over the age of 75 regularly receive forms sent by the Department of Work and Pensions, requesting proof that they are still alive. They only have nine months to complete these forms and return them. If the deadline is missed then the government cuts off their pensions as they are assumed to have passed away. In December 2013, these forms were introduced to prevent people from fraudulently trying to...
25 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Dual citizenship to be granted to Sri Lankan expatriates

A minister from the government said that, from Monday 23rd March, expatriate Sri Lankans would be able gain dual citizenship due to a new administrative procedure. Those able to take advantage of the new procedure will be those who have emigrated to Canada, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland. On Monday, John Amaratunga , the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, said there would be a Rs. 50,000 – 250,000 fee for the application procedure. Those wanting to be...
17 Mar at 2 PM 2015

Negative Outlook of France Causing Most Expats to Not Want to Return Home

A survey has revealed that 66 per cent of French expats are not planning on returning back to France within five years due to the country’s poor economic outlook. A poll carried out by French firm Humanis said that the expats earned more and had a better quality of life whilst working in a foreign country. Around 2.5 million French nationals are working and living abroad, double the figure from 20 years ago. Austerity measures and high taxes are to blame, which is causing worries about a brain drain of the top workers in...
6 Mar at 9 AM 2015

Expats can easily obtain antibiotics in many countries

New data shows that Brits in some of the most popular Mediterranean countries to relocate to can get their hands on antibiotics without too many problems. Greece leads the way when it comes to dishing out prescriptions, with more than 39 daily antibiotic doses per 1,000 inhabitants per day, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Cyprus is next on 31, while Luxembourg, France and Belgium (all 28 doses per day per 1,000 inhabitants) complete the top five. Research from Public Health England...
10 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Twice the number of Chinese people leaving the country than arriving

Two times as many Chinese people are quitting the country and heading for pastures new than the number of expats returning home, according to a recent survey. Moving firm UniGroup Relocation revealed that the US topped the list of preferred countries among Chinese expats, while Germany, Singapore and France completed the top four. The Wall Street Journal reports that UniGroup’s data showed that two times as many people left China than returned to the country last year; however, the company did not state whether the Chinese...
30 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Number of Swiss outside the country continues to rise

The number of Swiss expats increased to nearly 750,000 in 2014, an increase of two per cent from the previous year. Some 14,276 Swiss citizens left the country last year, taking the official total living abroad to 746,885, according to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The number also includes Swiss nationals working at embassies or consulate generals overseas. A large number of the new expats have chosen to live in neighbouring countries while continuing to work in their homeland because of the lower costs of living...