French minister describes British expat presence as enriching France

Published:  2 Jul at 6 PM
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France’s Europe minister has described the British expat presence as enriching the country.

In yet another attempt by an EU member state government official to reassure British expats about their rights post-Brexit, France’s Europe minister has described the expat community as ‘enriching France’. The complimentary comment was made by Amelie de Montchalin during a meeting of Paris’s Anglo-American Press Association, with the young politician adding her country isn’t attempting to take revenge for Brexit. She added the hard work of the French Parliament has assured Britons living in France that their rights to work, social rights and future security are assured, even should a no-deal Brexit be the final result.

The lawmaker was referring to the recently released decree laying out British rights in the case of a no-deal ending to the chaos. Anyone, she said, who’s been living in France for at least three months can access residency permits as long as he or she has the same income as those on the RSA French social welfare low income payment. The payment is accessible to all who’ve been resident for three months, meaning residence permits will also be secure. For those still stressed by the entire Brexit proceedings, she added, please believe we’re working pragmatically ahead of time to avoid any political hazards which might affect the plan.

The Europe minister is well used to securing British rights as she was involved personally in ensuring Brits working as civil servants in the country had no problems in retaining their statuses, jobs and rights. She also stated certain investments are now being made in order to make life easier for a number of British expatriates, including bilingual schools and high schools at international level, a move which will benefit France and, hopefully, the entire world. One point she insisted on was that there is absolutely no alternative to Theresa May’s much-derided withdrawal deal, adding that should the UK decide to leave in an orderly manner, the negotiated deal is the only way.
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