Expat France News
Latest 10 news items tagged France
15 Nov at 6 PM 2018
The European Commission has now promised visa-free entry to Britons wishing to take short trips to the EU after a no-deal Brexit.
The offer, which must still gain agreement from the EU parliament and the EU Council, would allow British citizens to visit France
, Spain or any other countries in the Schengen zone and stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa. Several stages are involved in allowing a new EU law, but it’s expected the offer will pass. Should Brexit end with a no-deal exit, the new law would...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2018
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.
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5 Nov at 6 PM 2018
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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...