Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

24 May at 6 PM 2019

Retired Brit expat couple plan 900-mile charity fundraising trip by tractor

An intrepid pair of retired UK expats living in France are undertaking a charity drive back to the UK in a vintage tractor. John and Kathy Elliot, formerly residents of the historic Derbyshire hill town of Buxton, decided on the fundraiser after watching close friend Emma Getcliffe die of motor neuron disease just two years after her diagnosis. Before she died, John promised her he’d do the drive in her memory in order to raise money to aid research into the deadly disease. The condition affects the brain and nervous system, causing...
23 May at 6 PM 2019

New survey rates expat destinations for their ease of digital life

If you’re determined to relocate to Italy and are a social media fan, perhaps another choice of destination might be the best idea. The results of a recent survey might come as a shock to would-be expats hoping to work or retire in this stunningly beautiful land, as expats in Italy are the least satisfied with their digital services of all foreigners living in Europe. It’s not just poor internet services, as paying for purchases using a credit or debit card is also almost impossible. The latest survey by InterNations involved the...
22 May at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in France losing chance to vote again

Expats living in France are afraid their EU election postal votes won’t be counted. Due to the political instability all too common nowadays, interest in the EU MEP election amongst expats living overseas has received a boost, but many now fear their postal votes won’t count. The problem seems to have been due to a bad choice of postal service by councils looking to save money on the UK Royal Mail’s costs. BBC coverage of the issue uncovered that voting papers were being sent by the Adare postal service to British expats in...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

What do UK expats from Yorkshire miss the most?

Depending on their original location in the UK, British expats miss certain home comforts more than most other nationalities seem to. The lure of living overseas in a permanently hot climate is strong for many Brits who’re simply fed up with rain, extended cold winters and parliamentary chaos. Waking up every morning for the rest of their lives to sunshine, birdsong, a gently breeze and a view over the ocean can be had, but once the gloss of new arrival has melted away, missing certain home comforts can become problematic. In...
9 May at 6 PM 2019

Oz is all-time favourite for high net worth expats

Australia is migrating millionaires’ number one destination. If there was ever any doubt that the past several years saw more people deserting their countries of birth than ever before, the latest figures on millionaire migration prove it’s all about the money, one way or the other. High net worth individuals can go where they please, as can the top talents in tech and other 21st century sectors, with destination cities all resembling each other in the race to attract mega-wealthy incomers. Over the past year, 12,000 or so...
18 Apr at 9 AM 2019

Expats in Spain post call for dedicated MP

Due to the inefficiency of its consulates and embassies as regards advice and updates regarding Brexit, British expats in Spain are calling for their very own PM to represent their interests. Some 5 million Britons live in expatriate destinations worldwide, many of whom will need consular assistance as some time during their stay overseas and the majority of whom are long term residents aged between 15 and 64 years. This statistic refutes the image of the typical British expat as a pensioner living the good life on a budget somewhere...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2019

French expats worldwide grieve for Notre Dame

French expatriates mourning the effects on Notre Dame of this week’s devastating fire have been joined by expats and citizens worldwide. Grief caused by the loss of so much of the world-famous medieval cathedral and its treasures is now being minimally tempered by the news that many precious artefacts and relics have been saved. The remainder of the structure seems to be holding up after the flames and the many tons of water needed to prevent total destruction of the much-loved French heart of the Catholic church. Messages of grief...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2019

EU expats prepared to leave UK due to British domestic policy

It’s not just UK expats in Europe who fear the effects of Brexit, as expatriates living and working in the UK are concerned about the country’s domestic politics. As the Brexit conundrum drags on and on, new research has revealed some 14 per cent of expatriates living and working in the UK would be prepared to return to their home countries solely for political reasons. Around one third of Britain’s expat community expressed serious concerns over the state of Britain’s domestic policies and their potential effect on expatriate...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brexit ban on export and import of meat products to hit Brit expats

A shock horror customs scenario will hit cross-border expat shoppers post-Brexit. British expats used to popping back to the UK for supplies of pork pies, ham, sausages, cheddar cheeses and even Bovril are due to be branded smugglers by customs officers once the UK’s left the EU. UK expat residents in the EU will be checked by customs officers for any animal-based products and could be arrested and charged with dinging in illegal produce. The ridiculous scenario will begin the day after the UK leaves the bloc without a...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2019

British in Costa Blanca now have region-dedicated English language newspaper

Olive Press now has an edition focused on the Costa Blanca expat community Popular expat newspaper The Olive Press now has a dedicated Costa Blanca-focused publication, the latest in its group of four to bring news, events and happenings to Spain’s huge but scattered expat community. For expats working or retiring overseas, having a local paper which keeps its readers up to date on everything from politics, events, opinion pieces and informational articles is essential, particularly for retirees who may find learning a new language...