Living in France

What to do with your UK Pension when you move to France

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Financial, Pensions, Retirement, Tax
What to do with your UK Pension when you move to France

What do I do with my UK Pension when I move to France? It’s a question we’re often asked at The Good Life France and we put it to financial expert Jennie Poate. She told us about a real life case study, one that she finds covers a common issue for expats moving to France. […]

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Life on a French smallholding

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France
Life on a French smallholding

We meet a couple who after several years of planning are about to embark on their dream of the good life in France. Matt, a regional operations manager at Learn Direct and Phil, a senior HR office for a local authority have bought a farm in lovely Haute-vienne. Matt explains how their dreams and schemes […]

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Paris introduces mandatory pollution stickers for vehicles

Written by on February 8, 2017 in Driving in France
Paris introduces mandatory pollution stickers for vehicles

The authorities in Paris, Lyon and Grenoble have introduced a scheme which means that all vehicles in those cities must display a sticker which reflects their carbon emissions. It’s in the name of pollution control and with immediate effect (Feb 2017) failure to display the mandatory stickers, including foreign vehicles, may result in a fine of […]

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Expat Dating France

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France
Expat Dating France

Do Something for You This Valentine’s Day:  Join Expatdatingfrance.com “It’s almost Valentine’s Day. The idea of spending it alone is more than a little depressing.  I’ve been thinking about joining an internet dating site for a while, but just can’t bring myself to do it.  There are so many options, I’m not sure if it’s […]

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Caring for elderly relatives in france – what support is there for expats

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Expat Healthcare, Living in France, Retirement
Caring for elderly relatives in france – what support is there for expats

Looking after elderly relatives in France: We check out what assistance is available for expats… First of all, did you know that in France, children (where finances permit) can be obliged by the courts to support their parents and grandparents? Putting this obligation aside, having family to stay brings much joy, but having them move in […]

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Domestic electricity in France and what you need to know about it

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Electricity
Domestic electricity in France and what you need to know about it

If you’re from the UK, the US or Australia or a whole raft of places where electricity is just something that comes into your house and you use – then the French system may surprise you… Domestic Electricity in France is restricted When you buy a home in France – it’s likely to have an electricity […]

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The Expat Good Life in Provence

The Expat Good Life in Provence

Looking for the good life in Provence: Originally from Perthshire Scotland, Jill Wilson now lives in sunny Provence, southern France. She’s a local property agent for Leggett estate agents and she knows how it feels to be looking for your dream home. She took five years to find her lovely home in Montmeyan in the Var […]

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The Online Dating Scene in Paris

Written by on January 9, 2017 in Living in France
The Online Dating Scene in Paris

Anyone who has ever dated online is likely to have a fair share of horror stories. Although the world wide web has the power to connect us with thousands of people we would never have met without it, there will also be those we wish we hadn’t. Is too much choice sometimes a negative thing? […]

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The Expat Good Life in Savoie

The Expat Good Life in Savoie

Sandy Harris booked a holiday in the French Alps and fell in love with a house she and her partner saw whilst driving to their hotel. A short while later the couple moved lock, stock and barrel to the beautiful, off the beaten track Massif des Bauges in Savoie. We talked to Sandy about expat […]

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The State of Video Communication, from Mobile to Immersive

Written by on January 6, 2017 in Technology
The State of Video Communication, from Mobile to Immersive

Not too long ago, video conferencing was an expensive novelty: a cool toy for tech and communications companies, but not really a tool for day-to-day business. That perception has changed quickly over the last few years, thanks to some big steps forward in both the hardware and software that make video calls possible. Since 2011, […]

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