Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

8 Nov at 6 PM 2018

World’s most unfriendly nations for expats

One important aspect when choosing an expat destination is undoubtedly the friendliness of the local people. Leaving friends and family in the home country and settling in an unfamiliar country with a confusing culture isn’t easy, and relies to some extent on the friendliness of new neighbours and work colleagues. Sadly, not all expat destinations offer friendship along with a new career and a generous salary, leaving gregarious expats and their spouses wondering whether they made the wrong choice. The latest Expat Insider...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats in France offered six more British Embassy outreach meetings

Four outreach meetings for UK expats during November and a further two in December are to be held by staff from the British Embassy in Paris. As with previous meetings, the aim will be to answer British expatriates’ questions about their situation after Brexit becomes a reality rather than just a bad dream. Chantilly and Aix en Provence will host senior embassy officials on November 7 and 14 respectively, with Saint Germain-en-Laye and Saint Malo’s meetings to be held on November 19 and 20th. In December, the Annecy meeting will...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2018

No deal Brexit to make Brits in France illegal immigrants

France’s EU minister is warning a no-deal Brexit will make UK expatriates in the country illegal immigrants overnight. French European Affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau is warning that, should a no-deal Brexit become an unpleasant reality, all British expats living, working or retiring in France will become illegal immigrants overnight. Although the minister considers Britain’s crashing out of the European Union is ‘unlikely’, she’d made it quite clear the fears of the hundreds of thousands of Britons who’ve made France...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2018

UK state pension amount wins no prizes in survey

If you’ve ever wondered whether the UK’s state pension is more or less than in other world countries, here’s the answer. Whether you’re drawing your UK state pension as an expat retiree living overseas or are considering emigrating in a bid to make ends meet in a cheaper country, the results of a recent pensions survey won’t exactly come as a surprise. The UK’s benefits system is reckoned to be one of the world’s best, but the UK state pension lets the side down hugely. Mercers’ 2018 global pension index states...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2018

UK expats in France to join November 5 Last Mile campaign march

Some 500 British expats from France and other EU member states joined the recent London People’s Vote march. Remain in France Together members totalled 200, with 1,000 more members’ names printed on T-shirts and banners in support of the fight to reverse the Brexit referendum result. RIFT founder Kalba Meadows told the press the majority of members have been unable to vote in the referendum which has turned their lives into nightmares for more than 850 days. She added everyone came together on the march to demand a second...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2018

French anti-Brexit lawyer founds new pan-European movement

French lawyer Julien Fouchet has launched another pro-Europe group. French barrister Julien Fouchet has founded a pan-European movement aimed at encouraging EU citizens as well as expatriate Britons to support the ending of the Brexit threat to European unity. His Pan European Citizens Solidarity movement is calling on all EU citizens to protect all British expats who support remaining in the union. Europe, he says, is a peaceful, democratic force in today’s troubled world, and must be protected. Fouchet told reporters the...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

No need for UK expat panic over French draft law

A media clarification about the French government’s intentions for UK expats after a no-deal Brexit explains the issue as it now stands. Recent press reports on British expats’ status in France should a no-deal Brexit happen have caused unnecessary concern to many UK citizens who’ve chosen to make the country their permanent home.The French parliament’s recently released draft law does not in any way make life impossible for the British expat community. Misinterpretation of the document’s initial paragraph seems to have...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Southwestern France hit by devastating floods as storm batters Carcassone

Devastating floods in France’s southwestern corner have resulted in destruction and death. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate, roads were washed away, hospitals were flooded and at least 13 people are known to have died after several months’ worth of rain fell in France’s Aude region during just a few hours overnight. This southwestern corner of France is popular with British expatriates as well as owners of holiday homes, many of which are in the rural areas surrounding Carcassonne. Rivers overflowed across the...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2018

France steps in to safeguard UK expat rights

A French government bill introduced last Wednesday gives hope for UK expats’ residency rights. The bill seeks to clarify France’s position should there be a no-deal Brexit by giving the government the power to reduce its impact on French customs procedures and cross-channel trains as well as the essential reassurance necessary to put UK expat minds at rest about their continued residence in the country. According to the French European Affairs minister, the government wants to create the best possible scenario for British...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2018

French study visas for expat students

France is one of the world’s most popular countries for international students. As many as 271,339 foreign students are now studying at French universities as well as enjoying their lives in France’s unique culture. Many have arrived from just across the English Channel, spurred by the thought of getting an internationally-accepted degree without having to tie themselves to decades of debt via the UK’s student loan programme. French universities are world-famous for their modernity as well as for encouraging innovation, and the...