Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

British driving licenses useless in Europe after no-deal Brexit

The UK government is warning Brit expats in Spain to immediately get Spanish driving licenses in case a no-deal Brexit is the final result. In yet another stunning example of ‘too little, too late’, the warning from the British government means British expats in Spain are now risking not being allowed to drive should there be an unmanageable rush of people applying for Spanish licenses. Those who’ve been unable to exchange their licenses will be faced with having to take the extensive written Spanish language driving test as...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Young Brit expats in Europe crave more Brexit certainty

It’s as yet unknown exactly how many young British expatriates are living and working in EU member states. Although exact statistics are not yet available, research suggests there are significant numbers, none of whom have been given any answers as regards their long term status in their present country of residence. With Brexit looming on the non-too-distant horizon, none are as yet able to make an informed decision as to whether to stay or go. Research carried out at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, suggests...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019

EU states queuing to ensure rights to remain for UK expat residents

Following on advice given by the European Commission to its member states, expats in a number of EU countries are now being assured of their rights to stay. The EC’s call for generosity towards British expatriates living, working and retiring in Europe in the case of a no-deal Brexit is being heeded by an increasing number of EU member states, allowing the vast majority of expats to sleep better at night. The irony surrounding the EC’s welcome intervention is that the Commission seems to care more about expat Britons’ welfare...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2019

UK expat pensioners in Europe still threatened by loss of pension uprate

UK expats in EU member countries are to have their state pensions uprated – but only for a year. Along with all the other negative effects of the Brexit disaster on British expatriates living in the EU, the continuing of the guaranteed annual inflation-proofing increase has been a serious cause for concern, especially for the newly-retired. The uprate is triggered by the higher of two indicators – wage growth and the rate of inflation. Should both be lower than 2.5 per cent, the same percentage uprate is guaranteed. ...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Italy call for emergency meeting as no-deal Brexit looms

In an attempt to clarify British expats’ positions in several Brexit scenarios, an emergency meeting of British in Italy has been called. British in Italy is part of the pan-European rights campaign group British in Europe, committed to ensuring the human rights of not only its 30,000 members but also the rights of the five million expatriates severely affected by the Brexit threat. Since late last year, the pressure on those desperately wanting to continue their chosen lifestyles has increased still more due to the chaos in the UK...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Vietnam enjoy Christmas in Ho Chi Minh City

Expats across the world celebrate Christmas in their own ways, with Vietnam's community no exception. Whatever religion is practised by expatriates the world over, Christmas is a time for getting together with friends and family at parties and celebrations. The multinational expatriate residents of Ho Chi Minh City’s Ruby Home’s 34 apartments are no exception as, for the past several years, a mini Christmas festival has been held, to which all are invited. This year’s event was held in the residency’s front yard, decked...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France warned about festive season burglaries

British expats living in France are warned to make sure their homes are secure due to the increased risk of burglaries over the Christmas and New Year period. Expat residents and homeowners are being advised to take special care over the festive season as regards protecting their homes against burglaries. Traditionally, most people spend more time than usual going out to events, spending time in the evenings with friends and families and shopping for presents and festive foodstuffs all day. Many homes are crammed with Christmas...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Fouchet files appeal on dismissed Shindler case, asks for expat support

The French barrister whose Schindler court case was dismissed by the EU’s general court has now filed an appeal. Fouchet’s argument that disenfranchised British expats unable to vote in the Brexit referendum are already being strongly affected by Brexit was rejected by the EU court, which took the position that, as Brexit hasn’t yet happened, it isn’t possible for Brit expats subject to the 15-year rule to feel any negative effects as their rights are still being conferred. Fouchet told local English language media he’s...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

UK consulates in Europe finlly gearing upp to help expats

One no-no as regards emigrating to Europe is the perception that UK consular officials don’t want to know about seemingly unsolvable problems experienced by UK expats. According to reports of a recent British Embassy meeting with campaigners for UK expats in the EU, the British consular service has been cranking up its services in a number of favourite UK expat destinations. Brexpat: Hear Our Voice campaigner Paul Hearn told local media a consular service representative had insisted the current trend was to move away from helping...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2018

UK expats overseas urged to register to vote as Brexit chaos continues

Given the utter chaos in the British parliament over Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Brit expats in Europe are being urged to register to vote. Former Transport Minister and British MP Jo Johnson believes it’s quite possible May will be forced to agree to a second Brexit referendum and is urging UK expats living overseas to be prepared by registering to vote. May, he says, is likely to see her draft exit deal crash to earth via a negative parliamentary vote, and will be desperately searching for a way to remain in power. Quoting...