Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

1 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in lockdowns can use spare time to learn local languages

Making the most of your unwelcome lockdowns by learning the local language. For expats going stir-crazy as lockdowns drag on, turning an essential imposition into an advantage by learning the local language is the best idea. New arrivals in the vast majority of favourite expat locations worldwide usually place learning the local language high on their priority lists, but a good number give up after a few months of lessons. For some, it’s because there are so many other fun things to do, and for others it’s simply too much like...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Spain angry over suspension of UK/EU negotiations

The temporary closure of UK/EU post Brexit negotiations due to the pandemic has caused concern for British expats in southern Spain. Post-Brexit talks between Britain and the EU have just been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving UK expats living in Spain bitterly disappointed. All across the popular retirement destination, older British expats have been awaiting desperately needed clarification of their ultimate positions as Spanish residents, with yet another delay causing a combination of anger,...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in France left without elected representatives due to Brexit

Elected British town councillors in France are now forced to step down as they’re no longer European citizens. Some 760 British expats in towns all over France are now banned from continuing as elected councillors as they’re no longer European citizens due to Brexit. Many have been living in France for many years and served as representatives for local expat communities on a long-term basis. Standing for election or voting in local polls is restricted to EU citizens, thus leaving expat communities all over the popular British...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats and locals stocking up on necessities as virus victim numbers increase

Locals and expats in Europe are stocking up due to fears of forced lockdowns or voluntary quarantines. As coronavirus cases continue to increase across Europe and the risk of contracting the disease is officially raised to ‘high’, expats and locals are raiding local malls and stores. Panic shopping is increasing across the continent, with stockpiling of necessities causing empty supermarket shelves. In Italy and France, governments have announced strict rules against public events, with get-togethers of over 5,000 in enclosed...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Potential British expats queuing to purchase overseas property before it’s too late

Although Brexit is now as close as is possible to a done deal, would-be British expatriates are rushing to purchase property in Europe before the door finally closes. In spite of the continuing risk of a no-deal exit at the end of this year and the uncertainty of future rights, Brits are rushing to buy bolt holes in mainland European Union member states. Unsteady or unfavourable exchange rates notwithstanding, the importance of getting out from under a disaster in the making is causing an unexpected exodus. European realtors and...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Courageous expat doctor staying in Wuhan for his patients

An expat doctor in Wuhan has refused evacuation and is staying to care for his patients. Almost a week after the final evacuation airlift from Wuhan to France took place, French doctor Philippe Klein is still in the stricken city caring for his patients. The decision to stay took him just 15 minutes to make. Dr. Klein is the senior practitioner at a Wuhan international clinic, and is fully aware of the speed at which the virus is spreading as well as the fact that, due to containment measures, it’s movements are now linear rather...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Petition over French citizenship refusal attracts tens of thousands of signatures

British expats in their tens of thousands have signed a petition after a popular Brit was refused French citizenship. Mark Lawrence has lived and worked in France as a carpenter for 27 years and serves on his home town’s local council as well as being fluent in French and supporting his four children. The news he’d been refused French citizenship was a shock to the expat father and caused anger across the entire British expat community in the popular country. Once the story reached English language expat news, a petition...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Brit expat local councillors forced by Brexit to stand down

Community-minded British expats are furious at losing not only the vote but also their entitlement to involvement in their local areas. One effect of Brexit which hasn’t been made much of in the media is that British expats in Europe who’ve integrated to the extent of serving on local councils must now give up their involvement in the local expat community. Not only that, but they’re now banned from voting, even although they’re permanent residents and pay tax in their chosen country. In one small German village, local...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Coronavirus bad news gets worse for expats still trapped in Wuhan

Expats in the many countries now listing coronavirus infections are fearful the outbreak may last as long as another six months. It’s not just expats living and working in Wuhan who’re afraid they may catch the newly-identified Chinese virus, as many other popular expatriate destinations are now listing increasing numbers of cases. Scientific research results are now suggesting the fast-spreading infection may last until summer and are predicting the numbers of those infected may top out at over a million. One expert at...
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...