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How Not To Get Scammed When Buying Property in France

August 28, 2015 |

See that wreck nestled in the most beautiful countryside a million miles away from anywhere? What, I hear you say, and it’s only 50,000 euros? Before you drift off into your imaginary paradise of how wonderful it would be to … Read More

Impact of changes in the ‘pension death tax’ on QROPS in France

October 27, 2014 |

The Chancellor’s announcement on the removal of the pension death tax creates a field day for clichés! The speech drew widespread approval at the recent Conservative party conference. Osborne has done it again, pulling a ‘rabbit out of the … Read More

Moving to Paris: Everything You Need to Know

January 30, 2014 |

There’s just something about Paris, isn’t there? The enchantingly grand buildings, the deliciously gourmet food, the feel of romance floating through the air; it’s a city that Francophiles all over the world dream of calling home. But is it time to make that dream a reality? Whether you’re considering the big move for a year, for a lover or forever, here’s our go-to guide to becoming a resident of the City of Light. Et voila! Read More

Tips For Moving to France

September 25, 2013 |

Having lived in Paris for a couple of years as an expat, it was with a great deal of delight that we bought a small apartment in the south of France (so far south in fact that another 10 minutes driving would see us in Spain!). We were confident that we had enough language and cultural skills to make the move as smooth as it could possibly be but how wrong we were! Read More

Why Now is the Right Time to Refinance your French Mortgage!

February 17, 2013 |

With historical low interest rates, it has never been a better time to re-finance your French mortgage. It is now possible to borrow over a 15 year period at only 3.20% with a fixed rate. (This means that the rate will be fixed for the entire period of your mortgage!). Variable rates are even more competitive. The two most popular reasons why people choose to re-mortgage are to save money and to raise money. Read More

Normal Need Not Apply

October 13, 2011 |

I wasn’t sure we’d last the year when we moved to Les Landes in the sunny South West of France. After all what were the chances of a short, fat, dumpy, little old lady & her three boys coping with a 42 acre jungle, a large rambling house whose plumbing had more holes than Gruyère & a couple of buildings which might one day scrub up to make good gites? Read More

How to Respect the French Highway Code

May 15, 2011 |

Cyclists can practise their favorite sport in and around Lyon, especially in the regions of the Pilat, the Mont d'Or, the Dombes and the Monts du Lyonnais. However, they should always respect the French highway code. Hélène Billiet shares information on the Highway Code for both motorists and cyclists and gives tips on what to do in the event of an accident. Read More

French Pension System

August 30, 2010 |

France's "pay-and-go" pension system for generation’s solidarity was created in 1956 when all the people over 65 could benefit from the national fund of solidarity. Then the retirement age returned to 60 with two systems co-existing: the public system and the public one. Read More

Lyon, France

August 17, 2010 |

france-lyon-thumb.jpgMore and more real estate agencies have French and English websites for rentals and sales. But it is easier to connect to lesiteimmo.com or seloger.com because both of them provide an English version of classified ads by professionals. The ads give you information about rentals and sales: type of property, rooms, budget, living space, type of heating, fees”¦ as well as emails and telephone numbers to contact the agencies. Read More

Top 10 Beaches in Poitou Charentes

June 20, 2010 |

British Expats living in the Poitou Charentes region may already know that this area is blessed with many fine sandy beaches, whether you are looking for surfing action or sunbathing with the family.  But which ones will best suit your needs? Check out this handy dandy guide, written by Richard Stewart, of the top ten beaches in Poitou Charentes. Read More