Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

12 Mar at 6 PM 2019

New book by expats in Vietnam tells it like it is

For those considering Vietnam for their next home from home, there’s a newly-published book which tells the personal triumphs and tragedies of 21 expat residents. ‘ 'Stories of Expats in Vietnam’ gathers together the feelings, experiences and troubles of 21 expats, all of whom tell of everything from their initial difficulties to their growing love and attachment to the Southeast Asian country. All have diverse occupations and arrived from diverse countries including Russia, France, Japan and Mexico. They came to work, teach,...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expat kids in Prague love School in Nature tradition

The annual School in Nature tradition originated in Germany with the wish to give children living in the cities a chance to enjoy the clean air and natural greenery of the countryside. The first such expedition took place in 1904 at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, and soon spread to France and Denmark. Over the years it became a popular predecessor of the present day ‘forest school’ where pupils spend the entire day outside, swapping blackboards and desks for blue skies and green meadows. The idea was taken up in the Czech...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Which EU countries are being kindest to British expats

Many EU member states have now passed, or have stated their intention to do so, new laws ensuring the post –Brexit rights of UK expats. The no-deal Brexit packages of rights on offer vary state to state, with some covering the majority of needs and others sticking to the bare minimum and charging for special permits. Malta’s no-deal resident permit tops the list for generosity, as it gives those resident on the island on 29 March a full 10 year status and allows workers open access to jobs as well as permitting students to...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2019

British expats being denied French driving licenses

With just two weeks to go before Brexit kicks in, Brit expats applying for French driving licenses are having their applications refused. In spite of the British government’s advice to exchange UK driving licenses for the French equivalent before Brexit day, attempts to comply by UK expats living in France are being rejected by the authority. Letters have been sent out informing applicants their requests will not be processed and their applications will be returned. Reasons given by the Nantes office for its refusal to cooperate seem...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Scots expats as well as Brits feel abandoned in Europe

It’s not just English expats who’re seeing their plans changed and their lives disordered by Brexit, as two Scottish expat couples recently found out. The dark shadow of Brexit has been causing confusion, uncertainty and concern wherever in Europe Britons are working, but for a few it’s ruining the best moments of their lives. Scots expat Kirsten Mackay is living in Austria and was planning to briefly return home for the most important day in her life – her dream wedding day on March 30th. She and her parents had planned the...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats hijack UK ambassador meetup as Tusk gives tirade in Ireland

Expats in France are getting angrier and angrier as Brexit grinds on! The British Ambassador’s recent Brexit question and answer meetup in Paris didn’t quite go as intended, with furious British expatriates grilling and roasting the diplomat over the total lack of protection of their rights. Ambassador Edward Llewellyn ploughed through his planned speech emphasising how Theresa May was protecting expat rights, only to be met with heckling and bitter laughter from the assembled crowd. Worse still, when hit with well-researched and...
21 Feb at 6 PM 2019

French lawyer launches crowdfunder for pre-Brexit legal push

French lawyer Julian Fouchet is determined to keep fighting for expats' EU citizenship. Bordeaux-based lawyer Julian Fouchet is desperately trying to take the case for maintaining British expats’ EU citizenship straight to the highest administrative court in France for a judgement before March 29th. It’s the only way to be able to get a ruling from the European Court of Justice before Brexit day, with the case possibly having implications not just for UK expats in France but for all Britons living in EU member states. Fouchet is...
18 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Popular FLYbmi carrier now under administration due to Brexit

The low-cost airline, popular with British expats as well as holidaymakers, was apparently taking bookings right up until its bankruptcy announcement became public. Based in the Midlands, the carrier operated over 600 scheduled flights to European destinations including France and Spain, and employs some 450 staff. A spokesperson told the media the decision to go into administration was made due to the rising cost of fuel and the imposition of carbon taxes caused by the EU’s decision to exclude UK-based airlines from its Emissions...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are QROPS still an option post-Brexit?

Retirement – what about a post-Brexit QROPS? The freedom to choose another country for your retirement years is a romantic notion, but it’s now become far more popular due to ease of travel and a wide choice of destinations to suit all pockets. The excitement of a whole new environment is hard to resist, especially as many Western countries are mired in political chaos and instability. Sadly, for would-be British expats, Brexit is almost certain to slash their options as regards choice of a new homeland, but it’s also providing...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2019

New French law allows Brit expats to stay but cartes de sejour are costly

The fast -tracked French law giving at least some certainty to UK expats terrified of the effects of a no-deal Brexit is on the statue books as of today. A new French law passed as an emergency has now established residency for British expats living in France on Brexit day, and applies specifically to a no-deal Brexit. However, should the UK fail to allow French expats the same rights, it will be cancelled. The law allows a timescale of between three and 12 months for UK expats to get a non-EU citizen ‘carte de sejour’ under...