French income tax requirements – 2017

As French residents, French income tax will apply to worldwide income, subject to the terms of any relevant double tax treaty (DTT). French income tax is assessed on a ‘foyer fiscal’ basis, which means that married couples file joint tax

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Working in France: Top Tips & Advice

‘A common error made by a lot of foreign business owners who moved to my area was to think that France was basically the same as back home, except for the language and this just isn’t the case,’. See what people working in France are saying.

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Moving house? A handy removal countdown checklist

This is a comprehensive list of things to do at various points during the removal process. Following this checklist will take away some of the pressure of thinking of too many things at once, or having to make last minute changes for forgotten necessities.

Importing and registering a UK vehicle in France

Importing a UK vehicle and registering it in France

This fact sheet explains the procedure for importing and registering a UK registered motor vehicle or trailer/caravan in France. (The procedure is more or less the same for importing a vehicle from any EU country.) It applies to anyone living

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Grow your own vegetables in France

There’s nothing like the pleasure of eating vegetables fresh from your own garden. The flavour and texture far exceed anything you can buy in a shop. Growing vegetables is also a natural incentive to to spend time outdoors. It is not necessary to have a large space to begin a vegetable garden, you can start one with just a few pots.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Want to know what your carbon footprint is? Measure how green your lifestyle is the impact it’s having on the environment.

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Pet passport procedure

A pet passport means that your much-loved animal can easily travel with you to France, but getting your pet ready for travel can take weeks or months. Vet Diana James takes you through the process, step-by-step.

EU Citizen Voting Rights in France

If you are a EU citizen residing in France (primary residents only), you have the right to vote in both European elections and local communal elections. You will need to register before December 31.

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Learning how to taste wine

Wine is a complex beverage, or at least it should be, and to understand a wine’s complexity and depth you need to analyze it.

Advertise your business

FrenchEntrée offers a flexible and proven range of online and print marketing solutions to suit every type of company and every pocket. Our advertisement packages are highly effective for all kinds of businesses in successfully achieving a wide range of

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Top tips for buying overseas

If you’re buying property in France then you will need to make an international money transfer to move your money from the UK to France. The traditional way of doing this is with a high street bank; however you could

Tips to sell your French home faster

What is the best approach if you’re planning to put your house on the market, or if it has lingered on the market for a while? Three ways savvy sellers can make their property stand out from the competition.

Diagnostic surveys

The role that Diagnostic surveys play in the purchase of a house in France is very different from what you may be used to.

Preparing Your Pool for Winter

Preparing your pool for the winter is an essential task that will keep the pool and equipment in good condition ready for quickly re-opening the pool in the spring. Here is a guide to the procedure that should be followed…

Buying a property to renovate in France

Many of the properties for sale come with that key caveat. they ‘need work’. Our expert contributor shares tips for buying a property to renovate in France.

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Buying in France – avoid the common pitfalls

The French conveyancing system is very well organised and secure. There is no equivalent of reported problems with non existent title deeds (such as in Cyprus) or invalid planning permissions (such as in Spain). So what should those preparing to buy a property in France be wary of?

Healthcare in France – An Introduction

Introduction: Although being expensive to maintain – the World Health Organisation has stated that France spends 11% of GDP on healthcare and outranks major countries on this basis – France offers a wide choice of general practitioners and healthcare specialists.

School Insurance in France

When you register your child for school you will be asked for an attestation d’assurance scolaire (certificate of School Insurance). This confirms that your child is covered for damage caused by them to school property or other people. To be

Choosing a pool in France

There is an unbelievable choice of swimming pools available nowadays. Here, Chris Harrison of Piscine-Plus runs through how they differ in terms of price, space, number of pool users, filter type, sanitation and security.

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French state education – an introduction

French state education is well-organised, well-funded and with generally average to high standards in comparison to other European countries. The state system is also complemented by a comprehensive network of Private Schools including international schools…

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Renewable energy suppliers in France

If you would like to choose an alternative or greener supplier of electricity in France, there are providers who can supply energy produced only from renewable sources such as hydropower, wind power and biomass…

Legal Considerations When Installing a Pool

All in ground swimming pools in France require planning permission. Abris or pool houses also require planning permission, but above ground pools that are not built as a permanent structure do not.

Insurance – Confusion for Expats…

Insurance broker Aon conducted an online survey. It was sent to five-hundred English speakers in France (66% of which are British). There was some interesting feedback concerning confusion with French insurance…

Insuring your house in France

In France, insuring your main place of residence against fire, theft and natural causes is not obligatory but it is advisable. However, you do have to insure yourself against damage you could accidently cause your French neighbours

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Starting a Wine Cellar

Do you love wine and dream of having a wine cellar of your own instead of just buying a bottle when needed? This simple guide to starting a wine cellar will show you how to go about it.

French national anthem: La Marseillaise

The french national anthem “La Marseillaise” got its name during the French revolution because it was sung by troops from Marseille upon arriving in Paris. Here are the words in French and English.

An Introduction to Wine

A brief introduction to wine, its components and how it is made. Wine is produced from the fermented juice of the grapes of the Vitis Vinifera, a species of vine known to man for millennia. A number of natural factors are important …

La France : un état laïque

The separation of church and state has an impact on school and public administration. France is a secular state, but what are the implications of “laïcité” in everyday life?

Need some more plants?

Image not found.One of the joys of gardening is seeing your garden grow in sheer numbers of plants that you have produced yourself. Obviously there is always the time and …

For The Love of Languedoc

The picturesque town of Collioure, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées, is famed for its beaches   Annaliza Davis asks, could this hugely varied area, which offers sun, sea and ski, be the perfect place to live your French

Buying on the Cote D’Azur

Annaliza Davis reveals how the glamorous Riviera, with its triple draw of sun, surf and ski, offers even property hunters on a budget a slice of the good life… A spectacular view of the Med, Côte d’Azur-style, at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin British

Tarte au Citron

This desert is famous in Menton on the French Riviera, which is also known as ‘The City of Lemons’. Every year the colourful seaside town hosts a Lemon Festival with carnivals and exhibitions dedicated to the fruit, and it’s where

Property Management in France for Absentee Owners

  1 – When buying a property in France, don’t forget to budget for its ongoing maintenance, as well as its purchase price. Think ahead at that stage – a huge plot can become a costly burden rather than a

The Delights of Normandy

Annaliza Davis revels in a hugely varied area that offers the best of France, from coast to country, city and cuisine, just over the Channel…   The popular town of Étretat, as seen from the white cliffs that flank the

Glorious Gascony

Annaliza Davis unveils the cultural and historical treasures of France’s southwest, which can offer buyers everything from pretty market towns to picturesque countryside The ancient cathedral city of Auch, reflected in the Gers River   Picture an area of France

Poitou-Charentes Property Buying Guide

Saint-Martin-de-Ré lies on Île de Ré, just off the coast near La Rochelle   POITOU-CHARENTES A QUIET GEM Home to chic resorts, this western region boasts thriving towns, mysterious wetlands and secluded hamlets, says Annaliza Davis Halfway down the west

British Embassy – Information Meetings for the British Community in France

  Between now and Christmas, representatives from the British Embassy will be visiting five areas of France to update British Expatriates on the Brexit negotiations regarding Citizens’ Rights. Until now meetings have been arranged with British expatriate associations/organisations in France,

A Franchise in France

So, you are contemplating moving to France, and need to earn a living once there – you are making your plans, and need to consider all the options available to you. Don’t underestimate what you are attempting to do is

Limousin – A Rural Retreat

If it’s peace and tranquillity you’re after, then this agricultural heartland in central-southwestern France will float your boat, says Dominic Bliss… The idyllic town of Argentat in Corréze sits on the Dordogne river Fancy stepping back in time? The Limousin

Buying Property in France, Case Study – Worlds apart

Irish globetrotters Ruth and Brendan Waldron are ready to quit the hustle and bustle of Singapore for tranquil Tarn. They tell FrenchEntrée why they chose to move halfway across the world FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? RUTH WALDRON:

All hail the new president

  The election result bodes well for would-be buyers as French mortgage rates are set to remain low (for the time being), says Felicity Sullivan In the wake of Brexit and the US election, the appointment of Emmanuel Macron as

Paris Property – Quartiers du jour

Caroline Harrap gives us the low-down on the capital’s three hottest up-and-coming neighbourhoods. And they’re not where you may think…     SOUTH PIGALLE Long a part of the city’s red-light district, over the last few years the sleazy vibe

Re-mortgaging and releasing equity on French property

“There is no need to keep all your assets tied up in one property” It is becoming increasingly popular to look at the options surrounding re-mortgaging or raising equity against property in France. During the UK property boom of the

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No Stone Left Unturned – A Garden in the Limousin

  Derek Handy tells Marion Sauvebois about his struggles to create a wonderful garden…   Concrete telegraph poles, 30 car batteries, building rubble, freezers – oh, and bolts and chicken wire,” Derek Handy reels off, totting up a baffling catalogue

Provence Buying Guide

Provence Buying Guide

Palais des Papes in Avignon, Vaucluse PROVENCE VERDANT AND SUNDRENCHED Annaliza Davis explores the stunning landscapes, coastal gems and postcard-perfect villages set among fields of lavender that have sealed Britons’ love affair with this area Provence offers exuberant fields of

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Where To Buy in France Now – Martel, The Lot

  Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track MARTEL The Lot The Lot is well known for its medieval towns and villages and the beautiful

French car insurance

French car insurance

Insuring your vehicle in France is not dissimilar to doing so in the UK. There, are, however, some differences you need to be aware of, whether it is your only motor or a second one.

Buying into Burgundy

  Former hotel-barge operators Eleanor Garvin and Dennis Sherman abandoned ship three years ago to restore a tired pile in Burgundy’s verdant vignobles. The proud hoteliers invite FrenchEntrée behind the scenes at the luxury Domaine de Cromey   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE:

Property Showdown – Manche vs Calvados

We consider the best reasons to buy in these neighbouring northern départements…   ~ Manche ~ A mere skip and a hop across the Channel from southern England, Manche sits along the pretty coast of Basse-Normandie. Made up of wild

Choosing a Ski Property in the Alps

In the Autumn people start thinking about booking ski holidays and many will be thinking about looking at property while they are there, either window shopping or getting close to making a purchase. Whether you are using a property finder

Termites in French Houses

Termites – the underground menace eating your house from the inside out When buying a house in France, the vendor is obliged to have a termite report carried out. If you live in a termite-infested area in France, you must,

Lead in your French home

When do you need a mandatory inspection? Throughout France, an inspection for the presence of lead in paintwork is mandatory when any building built before January 1949 is sold (both common areas and/or areas for private use). The inspection must

Do I need a building survey?

      There is no requirement in France to have a pre-purchase ‘building survey’ done. There are laws requiring a vendor to provide diagnostiques including: termites, asbestos, lead paint, energy efficiency, electrical and gas installations, plus environmental risks such

Beekeeping in the Charente – September

Time to Take Stock September can be a busy month for beekeepers, even though the main work of honey harvesting is normally over by this time. In 2017 the weather has been unusually volatile, with hot sunny days interspersed with

Everyone’s Cup of Tea

Three years ago, Tina Sharpe fell in love with a quirky teapot-shaped shed and embarked on the barmy mission to ship it from Scotland to rural France and turn it into a successful café. Alice Phillpott meets the plucky entrepreneur