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Property Update: Starting a Business in France

France is a popular place to go for entrepreneurs and businesspeople. If you’re going to start a business, why not do it in a dreamy location? With recent reports claiming that French people tend to be wealthier than in the

Covid-19: Useful Links from the Government

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding Covid-19. Please find below some useful links and videos from the British Government.  Return to your homes This video details the most recent travel advice, requesting all UK nationals not resident

Foreign Office Urges Brits to Return Home Now

We would like to share this message from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  The Foreign & Commonwealth Office announced on 23 March that all UK nationals travelling in France should return to the UK without delay, whilst commercial options are still available. We now

French News Weekly: Coronavirus in France

Unsurprisingly, the international news cycle has been full of Covid-19 developments over the past couple of weeks. What stories have hit the French headlines in the past week? Health Emergency Following an emergency meeting, France has declared a state of

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A Strong Lead – Dollar Update

The dollar was by far the week’s strongest performer, rising an average of 4.8% against the other major currencies To a great extent the rush for the dollar is a reflection of the huge uncertainty posed by the pandemic. Despite

Coronavirus in France: Mythbuster

At the time of writing, France has had 674 confirmed coronavirus fatalities. How worried should you really be about coronavirus or, more specifically, the novel coronavirus Covid-19? Let’s look at some of the common rumours and myths. Covid-19 is the

Living in France Q&A: Pensions After Brexit

Every month the UK government hosts a Facebook Q&A for British nationals living in France, or planning to do so, to ask questions about what will happen with their rights, access to healthcare, money and family lives after Brexit. Here

Can I travel with pets during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Animalcouriers are licensed animal hauliers with a UK State Veterinary Service Licence to carry animals by road throughout Europe. They also provide shipping solutions to places further afield. As members of the International Pet Animal Transport Association, they have high standards in their management of the animals they transport…

Living in France Q&A: Taxes After Brexit

Every month the UK government hosts a Facebook Q&A for British nationals living in France, or planning to do so, to ask questions about what will happen with their rights, access to healthcare, money and family lives after Brexit. Here

Living in France Q&A: Nationality After Brexit

Every month the UK government hosts a Facebook Q&A for British nationals living in France, or planning to do so, to ask questions about what will happen with their rights, access to healthcare, money and family lives after Brexit. Here

Living in France Q&A: Residency Rights After Brexit

Every month the UK government hosts a Facebook Q&A, letting British nationals living in France, or planning to do so, ask questions about what will happen with their rights, access to healthcare, money and family lives after Brexit. Here are

French News Weekly: Could Cannes Film Festival be cancelled?

As Covid-19 dominates the news cycle for yet another week, we’re taking a look at the stories that mattered in France over the last seven days. Politics Eleven teams started tackling different elements of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. While some

Retirement Advice in France

Retirement can be tricky to navigate in any country, and France is no exception. We spoke to Rosemary Sheppard, International Financial Adviser at Blacktower Financial Management Ltd. After the introduction of pension freedoms in 2015, financial advisers found that in

Your Quick Guide to Selling French Property

If you’re considering selling your holiday property or French home, you probably have a lot of questions. In this guide we’re going to take a quick look at some of the most common queries and provide some links to more

French News Weekly: Is it time for “Frexit”?

While last week’s storms were literal, this week’s were more political in nature. We’re catching up with the latest French headlines. Politics President Macron’s rival, Marine Le Pen, has boasted that she will “crush” the sitting president in the upcoming

Why should I choose a fibreglass swimming pool?

Fibreglass pools fall into the bracket of “one piece pools” and, more commonly in France, “monobloc”. That is to say they arrive at your property all in one piece! Fibreglass pools are a great option for a property in France. They

Why should I consider expat insurance in France?

First things first, the French social security system is considered as one of the best in the world. Since January 2016, everybody working or living in France regularly and stably is entitled to social security coverage. If you work in

Managing Currency When you Live in France

If you’ve made your dream of relocating to France a reality, you’ve doubtless had to navigate all sorts of lifestyle changes. Between the new language, the improved climate and typical new house admin, there are plenty of exciting challenges on

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How to Open Your Outdoor Swimming Pool in Spring

After one of the mildest Januaries on record you might be considering opening your swimming pool early this year. How can you make sure your pool is ready for a brisk spring dip? Please note this guide pertains to chlorinated

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How to Prepare Your French Garden in Springtime

As winter slowly retreats and makes way for spring, you may find yourself looking into your frost-ravaged garden and wondering where on earth to start. If you want your flowerbeds to be the talk of the town by summer, you

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Brexit: What will change after January 31st?

The UK and the EU parted ways on January 31st, following three years of discussion, dispute and ill-feeling on all sides. With the Withdrawal Agreement finally signed off, is our fate decided? What will happen now? Truthfully, numerous issues are

Do I need to worry about flu in France?

You may have heard rumblings about an outbreak of flu and gastroenteritis in France. What’s happening, and should you and your family be concerned? Is there a flu epidemic in France? In December 2019 the French public health authority issued

French Tax Efficient Savings

Do you want HUGE tax efficiency for your savings in France? Taxes can be tricky to navigate in any country, and France is no exception. We spoke to Rosemary Sheppard, International Financial Adviser at Blacktower Financial Management Ltd. When I

Own a Luxury Apartment in the French Alps

MGM, the leading alpine property developer, had a brilliant year. Not only did they launch numerous new developments, but they tripled their year-on-year UK sales figures, with Brits snapping up apartments in droves. Seven new developments are due to launch

Which new French words should I know about in 2020?

Every year new words and phrases are added to modern languages, often starting as slang and portmanteaux until they are formally adopted into the lexicon. For purists this can cause no end of hand-wringing and angst, but for more progressive

French News Weekly: Strikes in January and Noisy Frogs

Hanukkah has started and Christmas is nearly here. We’re bringing you the past week’s news in France, ahead of the season’s festivities! Politics The pension reform strikes are far from over, with many unions threatening to continue their protests into

Top Tips for Pensions in France

If you have a UK Pension and you are over the age of 55 it may have occurred to you that you can access your pension for a lump sum and or income, be it to buy a holiday home

Meet the FrenchEntrée Property Team

FrenchEntrée is not just one of the best online French property databases, there’s a dedicated team that can assist you throughout your search and can answer any question you might have about buying a property in France.

French News Weekly: Nuns, Strikes and Panda Escapes

The past week has been busy for France. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you catch up with the latest French news in quick-and-easy chunks! Politics The strike planned for 5th December is growing in size, as new organisations pin