Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

28 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat couple trapped in Wuhan arrange their own funerals

As China’s coronavirus speeds up its spread, British expats are making funeral plans just in case. British expats still trapped in Wuhan are taking the threat of the raging virus seriously enough to plan their own funerals. One Canadian teacher at the city’s Weiming International High School fears the local government is making light of the crisis rather than giving out accurate information enabling those still resident to make the right decisions. Wayne Duplessis, his wife Emily, their 15-year old son Wyatt and their son...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2020

British expat bar owner in Spain plans tongue in cheek Brexit night at his bar

Expats in Andalusia wondering what to do on the evening of 31st January should head for Jimera’s Bar Allioli’s huge Brexit bash. Rather than celebrating the UK’s departure from the EU , British bar owner Paul Darwent is focusing on a tongue in cheek, alcohol fuelled celebration featuring comedy, music, poetry, traditional British nosh and bottles of the latest Brexit porter-style strong beer entitled ‘Don’t leave me this way’. The bottles bear a label depicting Boris Johnson as a ‘porter’ struggling to carry the bags...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Protecting your French home during the winter months

Although France’s hot and sunny summers are a major attraction for British expats escaping the UK’s dull, wet days, not all new arrivals realise the French winter can be very cold. From France's northern region to the sunny south is quite a distance, causing significant differences in temperature, especially from the last week of January to early March. As a result, French homes need preparation before the chill sets in, especially if expat owners are leaving them empty for a while. Just as in the UK, frozen or burst pipes are...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Accidental Americans in France now being targeted by FATCA

France is urging its banks not to shut down accounts held by so-called ‘accidental Americans’ holding French nationality and living in France. Groups of French citizens ‘accidentally’ born in the USA whilst their parents were on a short stay are urging the French government to act and prevent the FATCA related closure of their bank accounts. An estimated 10,000 ‘accidental Americans' are believed to be resident in France and are facing being denied banking services due to the effects of FATCA on the banks themselves. The...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Would-be expats in Dublin will enjoy the Overseas Property Show

If you’re within easy access of Dublin and are considering emigration, the upcoming Overseas Property Show is for you. January 11th and 12th mark the return to Dublin of the Overseas Property Show, a must-visit for would-be expats looking to spend the next several years planning and making the move overseas. For locals, although it’s as yet unsure what effect Brexit will have, one thing’s for certain – nothing will be easy as regards business and trade. Those coming up for retirement might well consider leaving whilst the...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Will Brexit affect expat British state pensioners’ winter fuel allowances?

Now that Brexit in one form or another seems certain, what will be the fate of the UK’s winter fuel payment? Given that the winter fuel payment made to British expats living in some EU member states is possibly the least of British expat concerns at this moment, for those intending to stay in Europe and who are receiving the payment it’s yet another problem. Winter is already here and forecasts suggest it will be severe all across the continent, with British retirees on the UK’s ungenerous state pension rightly concerned that...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2019

UAE camel trek opens up vast deserts and Bedouin culture to expats

For a few lucky expats in the UAE, the journey of a lifetime is on right now. Deserts, the Bedouin heritage and camels are the hallmark of the Arab States’ long, fascinating history involving journeys across seemingly unending vistas of sand. Many of those who’ve read about the region’s earlier days can’t begin to imagine how the camels and their owners found their way across what seems like a futuristic, ever-shifting landscape under a burning sun. Every year, eleven lucky expats get the chance to find out everything they want...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Where to now for thousands of devastated British retirees in Europe?

Will Brexit finally wreck British dreams of a retirement in the sun? By now, it’s common knowledge that the least important aspect of Brexit is the future for Britons who decided some years ago to leave the UK for a better, less pricey lifestyle. The loss of freedom of movement isn’t just bad news for holidaymakers and digital nomads, it’s mostly about the wrecking of dreams for hundreds of thousands of everyday British emigrants who made the choice based on their needs as retirement drew near. Unless a miracle happens and...
18 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Remain Proxy Voter volunteers flock to Facebook to help Brit expats

Over a thousand Britons supporting Remain are offering their services as proxy voters to UK expats in Europe who’re afraid their General Election postal votes won’t arrive in time to be counted. The operation, named Remain Proxy Voter, was started in response to concerns over possible mail strikes in the UK and France as well as the expected volume of Christmas post. The anti-Brexit votes of both Remain supporters in the UK and the vast majority of the 1.5 million British expats living overseas might well turn the tide in favour...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2019

British expats in France worried over declining healthcare standards

Expats in France are worried about the state of the once-famed French healthcare system. One essential for all expats considering a move overseas is an up-to-date, efficient, affordable healthcare system. Over the past decades, the French healthcare service was regarded as one of the best in the world, but nowadays its reputation is shot and the lives of patients are at risk. Staff are overworked, underpaid and at risk as regards their mental as well as physical health. The result was seen yesterday, as a nationwide strike action by...