Living in France

Get your French property ready for winter

Written by on November 19, 2019 in Insurance, Living in France
Get your French property ready for winter

Practical tips on keeping your home in France secure and in good condition when cold weather arrives. These tips will help you get your French property ready for winter. What’s winter like in France? There are many reasons to love winters in France. The crisp blue skies on a clear day, the hearty soups and […]

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What’s it like to live in Montpellier, southern France?

Written by on November 2, 2019 in Living in France
What’s it like to live in Montpellier, southern France?

Journalist Jenny Eagle left London for a new life in Montpellier, Occitanie (formerly Languedoc Roussillon). She fell head over heels for the stunning architecture, the vibrant buzz of the city and beautiful beaches. We talk to Jenny about what it’s like to live in Montpellier… What did you do before you moved to France? I […]

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British expat opens chic cafe in rural France

Written by on October 8, 2019 in Expats in France, Living in France
British expat opens chic cafe in rural France

Katharine Tasker from London upped sticks in the city and moved to the sticks in rural northern France. With her she brought a sprinkling of urban style to her new build home and thriving new business, a café and shop… Pas de Calais is a region of meadows and forests, the countryside is criss crossed […]

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Escape to the French Chateau de la Baismagnée

Written by on August 29, 2019 in Living in France
Escape to the French Chateau de la Baismagnée

When Brits Angel Adoree and husband Dick Strawbridge swapped their 2-bedroom flat in Southend, Essex, and bought the fairy-tale-like Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson in Mayenne, Pays de la Loire for £280,000, their adventures were filmed for a British TV Show. Escape to the Chateau was a massive hit. Viewers were captivated as they watched the couple fall […]

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How bank cards work in France

Written by on August 27, 2019 in Banks and Banking
How bank cards work in France

Did you know that French banks may restrict the amount of money you can spend on your card. It’s something that regularly catches people out when they’re new to France. We asked the experts at Credit Agricole Britline, the French bank that speaks English, how to avoid this problem and all about French cards… How […]

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Guide to the French Avis d’Impot | Income Tax

Written by on August 20, 2019 in Tax
Guide to the French Avis d’Impot | Income Tax

Avis d’Impot is basically income tax in France. All tax residents of France are required to complete a form for the Avis d’Impot which includes reported income and the requirement for the date of submission may change. A general calendar of dates for tax notices is available online as well as by mail.  Understanding your […]

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Understanding French Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on property sales

Written by on August 10, 2019 in Tax
Understanding French Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on property sales

If your main home/principal residence is in France and you are a tax resident in France it is a legal obligation that you declare all your world/global income and annual capital gains to the French tax authorities. It’s irrelevant if gains are made outside of France. For example if you have moved to France from […]

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How to plan your French property purchase and your move to France 

Written by on August 6, 2019 in Financial, Retirement
How to plan your French property purchase and your move to France 

When it comes to thinking about your move to France, you may have decided the area that you want to live in, checked schools and transport links. But will organising your finances be further down the to do list when it should be near the top? Before moving to France, there’s no doubt you will […]

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Escape to the 800 year old Chateau du Masgelier in France

Written by on May 31, 2019 in Living in France, Renovating in France
Escape to the 800 year old Chateau du Masgelier in France

Fiona Jones from London fell for a 12th century chateau in the Limousin region. Undaunted at taking on a massive project on her own, she moved to France in 2014 to bring the neglected Chateau du Masgelier back to life. Featured on the superhit reality TV series “Escape to the Chateau DIY” Fiona talks to […]

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Euro Savings Accounts – What is available in France?

Written by on April 29, 2019 in Banks and Banking
Euro Savings Accounts – What is available in France?

All about Euro savings accounts: what’s available for both residents and non-residents in France… Let’s start with the basic euro savings account information. If you have a current euro account with a French bank which you use to make all your euro payments, then you can open a euro savings account. It’s a simple application […]

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