Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France banned from signing European Citizens Initiative

A new bid to ensure lifetime retention of European Union citizenship will go live next Monday, but Brits in the EU are excluded from the vote. The new European Citizens Initiative will be introduced on July 23, with the aim of ensuring that when European citizenship with all its rights is granted, it cannot be lost. The initiative's organisers are citing Brexit and its effect on British citizen expatriates in that they will lose European citizenship once Brexit is finalised. The sting in the tail is that Brits living and working in...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

White paper loses some 800000 Brit expats in EU

The mystery loss of some 800,000 UK expats formerly listed as living in EU member states is confusing, to say the least. Until the publication of Theresa May’s white paper on Brexit, an estimate of around 1.2 million British expats was considered accurate by government spokespersons and the media alike, and is still used as a total by the BBC, various British in Europe campaign groups and many other media outlets. It’s been quoted as accurate by the independent think-tank Migration Watch and also by the UK in a Changing Europe...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2018

French property market bargains for fleeing Brits

France has been a favourite destination for expat Brits for 150 years now, with its appeal even stronger since the Brexit referendum. There’s a historic familiarity to France for many aspiring expats, as it’s Britain’s nearest neighbour and still projects the glamour of Paris and the Riviera as well as the cosiness of rural villages just a few hours’ journey from the home country. Buying a second home for retirement or emigrating to start a business has been relatively easy up until now, but the Brexit boom of new arrivals...
12 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats in France raise thousands for hospital garden charity

Five expat couples living and gardening in France have raised thousands for charity by opening their stunning gardens to the public. On just one day in June, the five green-fingered expat couples known locally as Le Quintette opened their prized gardens to the public, raising almost £5,000 for a local charity in just one day. Almost a thousand visitors arrived to view the spectacular horticultural displays and landscaping put together by the dedicated gardeners, with the amount raised adding up to twice the total received from their...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UK expat communities in France defined by Brexit

Britons living in France are feeling the effects of Brexit in ways they didn’t exactly expect. The stereotypical British expat in France is retired, living in the countryside and has problems with the French language as well as the French way of life. According to many online articles, Little Britain is alive and kicking across a country famous for its historic revolution against its monarchy, thus cementing its reputation as revolutionary. Whilst Britons whose lifestyles may be devastated by a hard Brexit aren’t exactly calling...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Is living in Northern France and working in London an expat dream

Is London about to be just a commute from your home in northern France? Boris Johnson’s idea about a 22-mile bridge between the UK and France wasn’t as crazy as it sounded, although Brexit wasn’t then considered to be a problem. However, it didn’t go down well with the rest of his chums as existing transport links between the two countries were considered adequate enough to include towns in Pas de Calais as part of the British capital’s commuter belt. In fact, a good few expats are living in France and commuting to work in...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Squatters moving into expat second homes in Brittany

Expats with second homes in Brittany were horrified to hear squatters are moving into their unoccupied properties. The controversy over British expats’ second homes in Brittany is accelerating after activists promised to force Britons to sell their holiday and second homes. The protestors have promised an entire summer of what they call ‘spectacular actions’ and seem to have started already by plastering posters bearing their message ‘’Brittany is not a second home - villages in ruins – young people leaving’ all over...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Bringing your dog to France from the USA

France’s appeal is now even more international, as an increasing number of US citizens are giving up on the home country and moving to France along with their pets. Emigrating across continents with your beloved pet dog or cat is a stressful experience at best as well as being an expensive undertaking. Although things rarely go wrong, it’s just the thought that they might which causes sleepless nights prior to departure day. At present, bringing a dog to France from the UK is straightforward due to the EU’s Pet Passport scheme,...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Elderly British expat farmer shot dead in row over farm usage

A 72-year old British expatriate living in France has been shot dead by his tenant in a row over land upkeep and development. David Daniels had lived in the southwest of France for 25 years, and was the owner of 130 acres of farmland including a forest, cattle and crops. He was a popular figure in the village of Edon, liked for his open-mindedness, love of history and heritage and kindness. According to villagers, he and his tenant Pascal were in a long-running row over the upkeep of the land owned by Daniels. The fatal attack...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France offered $60 for Brexit opinions

UK expats living in France are being offered £60 to give their Brexit views at British Embassy outreach meetings. As part of the British Embassy’s Brexit-focused outreach campaign in France, UK expats living in and around Paris and Nice are being asked to attend and give their views at targeting focus group meetings. Each meeting will last around one and half hours, and participants in three groups, students, working people and pensioners will each receive a gratuity of £60. Those attending will be asked for their opinions on...