Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

23 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Spot the difference between Brits and Americans in France

France may well be crammed with British expats, but their American counterparts are more easily recognisable. For decades, France has been known as a favourite for Britons looking for a safe, inexpensive retirement haven with a far friendlier climate and easy access to family in the UK. Brits still tend to congregate in communities, just as they did during the days of the British Empire’s hold over what seemed like half the world. However, it may come as a shock to some to find our American ‘cousins’ are equally fond of the...
22 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Cliff edge Brexit to be poison for private pension payments

International lawyers believe Britain’s leaving the UK without a deal or transition period could spell disaster for UK retirees in France receiving personal pensions. Long-term expat retirees living in France and other EU member states are likely to be hit with the double whammy of being unable to access their personal pension payments as well as not having been able to vote Remain in the Brexit referendum. Negotiations so far seem to have gone from bad to worse, with the ‘cliff-edge’ scenario creeping closer day by day. The...
22 Nov at 6 PM 2017

British expats in France worried over residency permit refusals

French authorities in several regions are refusing to process British expats’ residency permits, advising them to try again once Brexit is finalised. In an attempt to secure their status in France should the Brexit negotiations fail, many long-stay British expats are applying for a carte de sejour, the French residency permit available to foreigners who’ve been continually resident for five years or more. Applications are being processed without problems in many regions, but several prefectures are now rejecting applications,...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2017

French expats in UK being forced out by xenophobia

Even although the British government is doing its best to stress the post-Brexit guaranteed rights of EU expats in the UK, many French expats are leaving due to perceived xenophobia. Many French expats who’ve lived long-term in the UK are hoping for a small miracle in that Brexit will simply go away. Many more, it seems, are experiencing increased xenophobia in their everyday lives in the UK and it’s persuading them to return to France, even although it’s a scary option. Their country of birth simply doesn’t feel like home to...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Spain lose €20 million after IFA firm collapses

The British boss of a failed pension advisory company has fled to Australia after losing his British expat clients some €20 million by the use of an all too familiar scam format. The 300 Brits who’d invested with Alicante-based Continental Wealth Management are mostly expats living in the popular Spanish resort of Alicante, and are now struggling to retrieve their lost money after the IFA firm closed its doors in September and its CEO Darren Kirby left for Australia with his ill-gotten gains. Those affected, spread across Spain...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2017

BCC to hold two Brexit themed meetings in Bergerac and Perigueux

Talks on the progress of the Brexit negotiations and the referendum’s possible effects on UK expats living and working in France are due to be held in the south-west region later this week. A UK expat-aimed meeting organised by the British Community Committee in France (BCC) is due to be held November 8th in Bergerac, with another due on the 9th in Perigeux. Chairman of the BCC Christopher Chantry will lead the meetings with an explanation of the present state of the negotiations and the necessity for expats to work together to...
27 Oct at 6 PM 2017

British ambassador to travel round France hearing British expats woes

In an attempt to gather information about British expats’ Brexit concerns, the British ambassador to France is to undertake a meetings tour around the country. According to the embassy’s website, ambassador Lord Ed Llewellyn is preparing to tour around France meeting with UK expats worried about their post-Brexit status in the country. The tour will take in Paris, Nice, Brittany, Charente and le Var, with its organisers hoping to meet with a good number of the 150,000 Brits resident in France. According to the ambassador’s...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Germany a favourite for long stay British expats

Over 100,000 UK expats are settled in Germany, with their numbers steadily increasing since 2011. A report by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed a total of 107,000 Britons living in Germany, a 10 per cent increase over the last six years. The data was collected and analysed from an EU report of the latest numbers, and gives an interesting take on British expats’ habits and lifestyles. It seems the British expat community is settled on a longer-term basis than its equivalents in the majority of other European...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat buy to let investors losing out to the UK taxman

New tax rules on buy-to-let landlords have resulted in the UK becoming one of Europe’s most expensive countries for property tax. Due to mortgage and tax changes aimed at slowing house price inflation and levelling the British property market in favour of first-time buyers, expats investing in buy-to-let properties have been hard hit. A combination of the withdrawal of mortgage interest relief from high earners, increased rates of capital gains tax and higher stamp duty rates on purchases have made expats’ formerly effective...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2017

UK expat dreams of France can turn into nightmares

France is a favourite destination for UK citizens mesmerised by the dream of great food, cheap wine and a romantic rural haven, but the Gallic lifestyle can cause problems. The majority of British expats who leave the UK for a new life in France settle in without much in the way of problems, but for a few the initial experience is much more than they bargained for. At that point, the French dream becomes a nightmare, with disillusion and regret the order of the day. SOSHelp, an organisation set up to help newbie expats struggling with...