Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

19 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Struggling French healthcare services to get massive makeover

If you’re thinking to retire as an expat in France, you should note a major overhaul of its struggling healthcare system is on the way. Once voted the best in the world in a report from the World Health Organisation, the French healthcare system is now struggling to stay afloat, with the government committed to a major overhaul. Perhaps its major problem lies in its emergency services, with casualty departments and emergency wards overcrowded due to a huge increase in patient numbers. Angry patients and overworked staff do not a...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

British expat pensioner is oldest PhD graduate ever

A retired, 95-yearold British expat living in Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol has just been awarded a PhD from Northampton University. His achievement makes Charles Betty the oldest PhD graduate ever from a British university, and his Doctorate of Philosophy was gained by a 48,000 word thesis taking five years to complete via a long-distance learning programme. Charles’s history is as unique as his achievement, as he left school at the age of 14, fought in France during WWII and, since his move to Spain in 1985, he’s spent...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Britons in France resort to anger over their plight

One of the worst aspects of the predicament in which UK expats in France now find themselves is conflicting information. For over two years, British expatriates who’ve chosen France as their home have been subject to misinformation, disinformation and occasionally outright lies by the British government and its ham-handed negotiating team. It’s been a roller coaster of hope followed by disillusionment, buoyed up again by hope before yet another let-down. Many have lived overseas for more than 15 years, disallowing them from...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expat wine lovers have a choice of retirement hubs

For would-be retired expats who love their wine, there’s a great choice of destinations. For many expats, their chosen retirement lifestyle has to include affordable wines to accompany the new tastes of their chosen haven. Luckily, there are many wine-growing regions in or close by favourite expatriate retirement hubs, with the best news being wine is far less expensive than in the home country. Choosing a new country in which to live the rest of your life simply because its wines are affordable may sound crazy, but for many it’s...
3 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France urged by RIFT to know their rights

The several hundred thousand Britons living and working in France are being urged to research the rights they already have. Some 150,000 or more UK expats are estimated to be living in France, although reality suggests there are far more due to France’s unique ruling that arrivals from other EU countries don’t have to register or even report their presence in the country. None have any real idea what effect a hard or even a soft Brexit will have on their lives, for the simple reason that neither the UK’s nor the EU’s official...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2018

UK expats in France not impressed by embassy Brexit videos

The British Embassy in Paris is finally attempting to respond to expat criticisms of its Brexit information. At the same time as releasing a new series of information videos on key Brexit questions, the Brit Embassy in Paris is taking on board criticism that previous communications haven’t addressed the plight of Britons should a no-deal Brexit become inevitable. Previously, the embassy had run a number of outreach meetings in various French regions, during which expats were invited to ask questions about the direction of the...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Lethal painkiller still being marketing in Gibraltar

The lethal painkiller Nolotil, exposed by a campaign started in the English-language expat newspaper Olive Press, is still being sold by pharmacies in Gibraltar. Nolotil, banned in many European countries as well as in the UK, was the subject of a two-year medical investigation by health researcher Cristina Garcia del Campo after stories of deaths resulting from taking the painkiller became big news for expats in Spain. The drug was finally linked to at least 10 fatalities and several near-deaths in the expat community, and is still...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat Brits in France urged to join two Brexit-linked surveys

British expatriates living in France are being asked to take part in two surveys aimed at helping the French Interior Ministry and the British Embassy understand the expat community’s needs re Brexit. The two short online surveys are part of efforts by campaign group Remain in France Together (RIFT) and the British Embassy, and both are guaranteed to be anonymous. The subject covers aspects of the controversial application process for the carte de sejour, necessary for confirming residence in France prior to Brexit. According to...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Anti Brexit campaign group sets legal challenge against 2016 referendum

The pro-EU campaign group UK in EU Challenge has launched a legal fight claiming the Leave campaign breached electoral laws by spending over its limit by almost £700,000. Recently, the UK’s Electoral Commission found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Vote Leave had cheated on the spending limit and attempted to hide its overspend. According to a press release by the group, in any general election and local authority referendum or election the court has the right to declare the vote null and void if cheating on spending is...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Spain enduring travel chaos due to taxi strike

Local taxi demonstrations against ride-hailing apps such as Uber are now common across continents, with Spain the latest expat hub to be caught in the confusion. The Spanish version of anti-Uber protests started last Monday in Barcelona and had spread to Madrid by the weekend. Taxi drivers are demanding the government take action against ride-hailing apps as they unfairly threaten their livelihoods. Partial stoppages and actual withdrawal of traditional taxi services are now in place in Valencia, Bilbao, Zaragosa and Seville and are...