Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Expatriates in Spain have no problems with being called expats!

Online poll shows foreign nationals in Spain don’t take offence at being called expats! A popular English language media outlet serving British expatriates living in Spain has just released the results of its survey about the possibly offensive term. Fortunately, a large majority of respondents made it clear they didn’t take offence when called ‘expats’. The reason behind the survey was that a flood of emails were sent to the newspaper’s news desk, all complaining about its usage of the word and demanding foreign residents...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Spain wins out as top destination for expat Brits

It’s survey time again, with Spain now voted the top dream destination for British expats. According to a new poll carried out in the UK, Spain is still the all-time favourite destination for Britons looking to improve their quality of life at less cost than in the UK. The study’s question was straightforward, asking respondents where they’d move if they could choose one country anywhere on the planet. Spain was one option, pitted against Dubai, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as other British expat hideaways, but...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Survey takes on male expats’ concerns over local healthcare

It’s unusual to have a survey created just for men, but the results of this study are somewhat of a surprise. In expat-aimed media nowadays, there’s a huge focus on private health insurance, its high cost and the possibility of the small print preventing a payout. Healthcare for expats has always been a controversial subject, as premiums tend to be massaged upwards and care given can be less than expected or needed. Interestingly, the results of a recent study of male expats living overseas revealed a majority of respondents...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

French minister describes British expat presence as enriching France

France’s Europe minister has described the British expat presence as enriching the country. In yet another attempt by an EU member state government official to reassure British expats about their rights post-Brexit, France’s Europe minister has described the expat community as ‘enriching France’. The complimentary comment was made by Amelie de Montchalin during a meeting of Paris’s Anglo-American Press Association, with the young politician adding her country isn’t attempting to take revenge for Brexit. She added the hard...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Amazing OAP expat couple’s charity drive from France to Buxton succeeds!

John and Kathy Elliot’s charity drive from southwestern France to the Derbyshire town of Buxton in a vintage tractor has been a total success! The pair’s 900-plus km journey in their reconditioned vintage farm tractor was undertaken to raise money for research into Motor Neuron Disease after a close friend died of the distressing condition. Their 1957-vintage tractor has a top speed of around 15 miles per hour, with the journey taking 78-year old John and his 76-year old wife two full weeks of travel at an average of 100kms a day....
28 Jun at 6 PM 2019

US expats in France win court case on unlawful IRS tax bills

The USA taxman has finally admitted US expats in France were ripped off to the tune of $100 million over a period of eleven years. It’s a rare day when any country’s tax authority admits it made a mistake, but after a seven-year court battle the IRS had no option. The overcharged US expats were living in France, and are now considering reclaiming their lost cash from the authority. The French court’s ruling was that the IRS’s interpretation in its favour of a double tax treaty between the two countries was wrongly held to be...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Accidental Americans in France plead for French government assistance

Representatives of the France-based Accidental American Association are urging the French government to offer its support to a new campaign aimed at ending the burden of unfair income tax liabilities due to their being born in the USA. American dual nationals are being considered as expats living overseas and are being chased for taxes due under the hated FATCA system, with those refusing to pay also being hit with penalties by the US taxman. The new campaign aims to collect enough signatures from dual-nationality ‘accidental...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2019

British expats growing ever more concerned about their futures as UK citizens

Concerns are growing amongst the already insecure British expat population in Ireland, as well as within the communities in France, the Netherlands and Germany. A recent study compared the views of British expats living in EU member states with those prevalent amongst Britons living in the home country. Expats in Ireland, Germany, France and the Netherlands are amongst those expected to bear the brunt of changes brought about by Britain’s leaving the EU. Over half of expat respondents to the survey admitted they were worried about...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Survey shows a lack of expat confidence in overseas healthcare

A recent survey has revealed over 70 per cent of male expat respondents are concerned over the quality of healthcare in their present countries of residence. The survey, unsurprisingly undertaken by an international private health insurance company, also showed some 65 per cent of men would rather return to their home country for medical procedures than risk something going wrong in their present locations. Major worries were the quality of medical care in overseas facilities and the high cost, with being away from their families in...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2019

US expats in France demonstrate over hated FATCA

US expats living in France who were born in the USA and emigrated as young children are up in arms and demonstrating against FATCA. Some 300,000 ‘accidental Americans’ as they’re now known, live and work in France, and are all liable for US taxation, even if they left their place of birth as tiny babies. Protest groups are now forming across Europe as well as in France, in protest against the sheer unfairness of FATCA and its affect on their lives. A recent report by French lawmakers demanded more should officially be done to...