Living in France

Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Financial, Tax
Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

If you’re resident in France and an expat from the UK, you’ll no doubt have to get to grips with the French income tax system. It often seems complicated, heavily administrative and can be frustrating. Financial expert Jennie Poate looks at some common questions that expats have about tax issues in France. Tax in France – Double […]

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Finding a travelling partner in your later years

Finding a travelling partner in your later years

A lot of people express the desire to move to another country once they reach their retirement, and that makes a lot of sense. After spending our lives going to the same job every day, we often feel like it is time to take some fresh air and venture towards greener pastures. France is a […]

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New French Legislation for Assurance Vie Policies

Written by on February 25, 2017 in Financial, Insurance, Tax
New French Legislation for Assurance Vie Policies

The Assurance Vie is the most popular long term savings product in France. It offers a choice of investment funds, tax and inheritance advantages. There are two types, those offered in France by French companies and normally only in Euros and those ore recently offshore in places such as Luxembourg and Dublin. The latter more often […]

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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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