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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

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The Complexity of Expat Finances

One of the biggest challenges that expatriates face when moving to and living in France is the complexity of expat finances and this can be especially true in France with the complex inheritance and tax rules. Add to this problems

France’s Regions at a Glance

France is a vast and diverse country. All the different regions of France have different landscapes, property types, speciality food and character features.This is where your search begins… HAUTS-DE-FRANCE At the country’s northernmost tip, Hauts-de-France is the new region created

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Could France be reforming inheritance and gift taxation?

A proposed law aims to modify inheritance tax rates to encourage the French to transfer their assets. Several senators have introduced a bill to reform the taxation of inheritances and gifts/donations. According to these elected officials, the transmission of assets

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Something to Be Thankful For: Dollar Update

The Dollar Strengthens Against the Euro A chorus of positive economic data was enough to drown out trade war tension heading into the Thanksgiving weekend for the USD. Trade talks resumed between the US and China, with both sides initially

French News Weekly: Earthquake Hits France

We’re taking our weekly look at the French headlines. What happened in France over the last seven days? We’ve got all the latest scoops, from yesterday’s earthquake to the MPs demanding the right to urinate in peace… Political and Legal

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How can I set up a proxy vote from France?

If you’re living in France, or plan to be there during the general election in December, you have two options for voting: by postal vote or by proxy vote. Concerns over unreliable postal systems have resulted in people being urged

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Brexit and Your Money: Preparation is Key

There are many things that are happening at the moment globally that we have little or no control over and we have to deal with the consequences of other people’s and politicians’ decisions. Whatever your opinion on Brexit and whatever

French News Digest: Paris Police HQ Attacks and more

American political upheaval has dominated global headlines for the past week, with impeachment proceedings against President Trump becoming increasingly heated, and the president himself taking to Twitter with a series of bizarre tweets about Turkey. Meanwhile in France… Politics The

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How to Find a Good Builder in Brittany

If you own property in Brittany, it is likely that you will undertake some building or renovation work on it at some point, and that you will need some advice or the help of a professional to get it right. From new builds to restorations, there are…

French News Digest: France Says Adieu to Jacques Chirac

For our US and UK readers, last week had some shocking events which could dramatically change the political landscapes for the United States and Great Britain. Between Prime Minister Boris Johnson losing his Supreme Court battle and impeachment proceedings against

French News Digest: Panthers, Pedalos and Protests

Today has had some shocking developments for the UK, with the prorogation of parliament by Prime Minister Boris Johnson being declared unlawful. These shockwaves could determine the outcome of Brexit. That said, we’re taking a look a tiny bit further

Exclusive New Properties from AEI Promotion

Driven by family values since its creation in 2001, AEI Promotion consider quality buildings to be their specialty AEI Promotion is dedicated to creating unique, high-quality properties. Special care is given to every project: primary residences, secondary residences or rental

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In the mood for a juicy steak frites? How to request the ‘doneness’ of a steak in French.

Are you getting the right financial advice?

We spoke to Brian Furzer of Spectrum IFA about the pension advice you cannot do without. If you are in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and need expert guidance you need look no further.  Brexit! Where will it lead to? Unsurprisingly, I can offer no crystal

French News Digest: Film Festivals and Poppy Protests

While Brexit still dominates the headlines in the UK and abroad, there is far more to talk about in the French headlines! Today we’re taking a look at some of the top French news stories. Politics The French government has

French News Digest: Shark Panic and a War of Words

  Following the G7 summit in Biarritz we are seeing France in international headlines this week. We also have sharks off the coast of Gironde and a bungled boozy burglary in our news at a glance! Politics The G7 summit

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What are negative interest mortgages?

Ever since the recession banks have had to innovate more than ever to win back public trust and convince people to make investments. One of the most surprising recent moves has been by Danish bank, Jyske Bank, who have announced

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French News Digest: Boar Hunting and Brexit Squabbles

This week’s edition has news about Franco-American-Iranian relations, the evacuation of Bordeaux airport and lead poisoning risks in Paris. Read on to get up to speed with the latest and greatest in French news. Politics The head of the French

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French News Digest: Franky Zapata Crosses the Channel by Jetpack

Politics France has reiterated its opposition to Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan, and wants to “get past the stage” of negotiations. France’s state minister for European affairs Amelie de Montchalin says France would like to “calmly” navigate Britain’s new relationship with

Mobile Homes in the Loire Valley from Parc Mayenne

You can connect with nature, with hundreds of kilometres of walks and cycle routes and the lake with a beach nearby at La Ferté Macé. Whilst rural there is plenty to see and do within a short drive. There are

French News Digest: France Reacts to Boris

With the UK’s newsfeeds choc-a-bloc with commentary on Boris Johnson’s election as Conservative party leader, we’re taking a look across the channel at the latest news in France. Politics We’d be remiss not to reflect on how Boris’s new appointment

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French News Digest: Bastille Day 2019 and more

In this special round up of the past week’s French news we’re talking taxes, bicycles and supervillains at the Bastille Day parade.  Politics The French government have announced a new “eco-tax” for outgoing flights from French airports, as Paris declares

Driving in France: What You Need

For many travellers planning holidays to France, taking their own car on a ferry is a popular, and convenient, option. Driving in France may seem a little daunting to begin with but you’ll quickly get the hang of it as

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Tour de France 2019: All About Tignes

The Tour de France is the ultimate challenge for any cyclist, and this year’s race is upping the ante. Or, should we say, upping the altitude? The 2019 route has been billed as “the highest Tour in history”, with cyclists

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What Impact Could a No-Deal Brexit Have?

After the referendum in 2016 the UK triggered Article 50, which serves notice on the EU of the UK’s intention to leave the European Union. But we all knew that.

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French Mortgages for Australians and New Zealanders

People from all over the world fall in love with France, and purchasing a property on the other side of the world is a substantial undertaking. We take a look at how Australians and New Zealanders can finance their dream