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Coronavirus in France: News Update

Here is your FrenchEntrée Covid-19 news round up from the last seven days, including the latest on quarantine measures for travellers both to and from France and some good news for property buyers. Covid-19 latest figures While the number of

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Property Market Opens with the Pound under Pressure

After a pause of more than two months, the property world is starting to show signs of life again as lockdown restrictions begin to ease on both sides of the channel. Good news for those who have been sitting patiently,

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Coronavirus in France: News Update

Here is your FrenchEntrée Covid-19 news round up from the last seven days, including how France is adjusting to after lockdown and the quarantine policy U-turn for arrivals in the UK from France Covid-19 latest figures More than 28,000 people

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Exchange Rates Can Make or Break Your Budget

Buying a property in France can be an exciting venture. Deciding the region where you would like your French house to be located is one of the first and more challenging decisions to be made with 22 regions to choose

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Coronavirus in France: News Update May 12

Here is your FrenchEntrée Covid-19 news round up from the last seven days, plus a look at what you can and cannot do following yesterday’s end to lockdown. Covid-19 latest figures On Sunday, the eve of déconfinement in France, the

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France’s End-of-lockdown Map Revealed, plus New Travel Rules

“The country is divided in two,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said yesterday, as he unveiled the map of France by department, which will dictate Monday’s “very progressive” end of lockdown. All departments in the four regions of France’s northeastern quarter

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What You Need to Know about Health Insurance in France

From the iconic Eiffel Tower, to the scenic wine regions of Bordeaux, or the dazzling French Riviera, it’s easy for expats to have romantic notions of moving to France. As the cultural heart of Europe, the country has been at

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Coronavirus in France: News Update, May 5

Here is your FrenchEntrée Covid-19 news round up from the last seven days, including conditions for déconfinement as the May 11 deadline approaches, a new map showing which departments are least and most affected by Covid-19, news on quarantine for

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Covid-19 Only Strengthens the Reasons to Live in France

This week we hear from FrenchEntrée partner Jonathan Pugh of Jonathan Charles, prestigious agence immobilière in the South-West of France.  Just as we were coming out of the tunnel with the dawn of 2020, we find ourselves in another with COVID-19. This experience

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Property Buying Deposits

Who keeps the money if the sale falls though? When purchasing property in France, two contracts will be signed and upon the signature of the first, the purchaser will pay into a notary’s account a deposit which will either be

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Immobiliers Open for Business Again on May 11

With the exception of bars, cafés and restaurants, theatres and cinemas, all French businesses – including shops, and therefore estate agencies – will be free to re-open as of May 11. This is excellent news not only for immobiliers, but

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France’s Post-lockdown Plans Announced for May 11

The National Assemblée yesterday approved French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s much-anticipated plan for ‘déconfinement’ – a progressive return to normal for certain aspects of French life once the current Covid-19 lockdown ends on May 11, albeit including the wearing of

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French Investment in Todays Market

As you will no doubt be aware, markets have continued to be volatile.  The price of oil moved negative on Monday 20th April for the first time in history. The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the

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Currency: Brexit Strategy Back in the News

Last week was particularly volatile in the currency markets following a record negative oil prices and the return of Brexit discussions. The pound lost some ground on Friday despite the EU leaders failing to agree a common response to the

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Coronavirus in France: News Update

Here is your FrenchEntrée Covid-19 news round up from the last seven days, including France’s ‘decontainment’ plans, encouraging news on the latest victim and patient figures and practical advice for residents in France. Here are some of the main developments

French Buyers Convinced of Post-Covid Property Price Drop

French people are confident not only that they will soon complete their current property buying or selling project, but that house prices in France will drop once lockdown ends. Consortium Immobilier conducted a survey on a panel of 1,219 people

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The Importance of Domicile and Inheritance Tax

The importance of domicile and inheritance tax – why it matters to your family where you are domiciled The concept of domicile under English and Welsh law is complicated, but if you live in either the UK or France and

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Currency Update: Euro Under Pressure

After much haggling, last week EU finance ministers managed to reach an agreement on financial support. The €500 billion relief package is for European countries hit hardest by the tragic Covid-19 pandemic, such as Italy and Spain. The plan involves

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Coronavirus in France: News Update

Stay informed with the FrenchEntrée Covid-19 news round up, including the Prime Minister’s latest update, most recent victim and patient figures, lockdown tales from around the country, and the likely conditions and measures to be put in place post-lockdown. Here

How to Make a Will in the Time of Coronavirus

Charlotte Macdonald is an associate solicitor in Stone King’s International and Cross Border team. Charlotte answers legal and practical questions that are being asked by her clients in relation to the coronavirus pandemic and making wills. In these unusual and

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#PourEux Volunteers Make Homemade Meals for Homeless

Kind-hearted, bike-riding Toulousains are dropping off homemade food parcels to the homeless – those confined ‘in the open air’ – as part of the #PourEux movement (For Them). “They were already struggling before, now they are really struggling,” Thierry, a

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Planning Your Transaction in These Uncertain Times

The CV19 crisis has left thousands of overseas property transactions in standby. Notaires and Estate agents are closed or working only in specific and urgent transactions. You might have found the property of your dreams in France but now you

Coronavirus in France: News Update

In France the rolling news Covid-19 continues with daily statistical updates, health service and lockdown stories and now some emerging proposals for an eventual deconfinement. Here are some of the key developments from the last seven days. Covid-19 latest figures

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No more kisses for the French!

The French etiquette for greeting with the exchange of air kisses on each cheek (termed ‘faire la bise’) is used for every occasion by friends, family members and work colleagues. What will become of this cultural etiquette after COVID-19? Health

French Stars Sing in Aid of French Hospitals

350 French show business and sports stars including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sophie Marceau, Zinedine Zidane and Jean Dujardin have participated in a virtual online choir for a song called “Et Demain?” (“And Tomorrow?). The project was created for the benefit of

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Uncertain times for Foreign Exchange Market

The entire world is ramping up efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic, and while the toll on people’s lives is immeasurable, there is also huge economic uncertainty. Coronavirus is having a profound effect on the markets, an impact that we

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Protect Your Currency Transfers in Uncertain Times

There has been a great deal of volatility in the currency markets in the last couple of weeks. The situation is changing by the hour and if you’re looking to send funds back to France or elsewhere in the world,

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Surveying Q&A: Costs, Quotes and Finding a Surveyor

Finding a qualified chartered surveyor in France doesn’t have to be a wild goose chase says John Snell Q. How do I find a good surveyor in France? A. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has a global presence and

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Wine and More in Côte-d’Or

In the heart of Burgundy’s wine country, this sun-dappled département boasts some of the most achingly pretty towns and villages in the region – all knitted together by gorgeous vineyards, says Dominic Bliss They are some of the greatest names

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Property Q&A: Builders, Holiday Lets and Language Barriers

The FrenchEntrée Property Team answers your questions Q.  I am looking at properties in Paris and my agent is recommending I sign a ‘Search Mandate’. What is this, and what are the pros/cons of such an arrangement?  A. In some markets,

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Interiors Case Study: The Perfect Marriage

Armed with fabulous antiques, and tenacity, Rosemary and Richard Conquest turned a dilapidated 15th-century manor into a wedding venue fit for royalty. Greg Cook has a nose around. You know you’ve created something special when visitors to your new home

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Renovation Case Study: To the Manoir Born Dordogne-style

When the Chapmans stayed at their favourite Dordogne guesthouse on a house-hunting foray and fortuitously found it was for sale, they snapped up the pretty manor, says Nicola Venning. When Christopher and Sarah Chapman visited the Dordogne in 1990, their

Ask the Experts: Putting Your House in Order

Laura Habgood shares handy tips to maximise rental income in both high and low season Laura Habgood of Holiday France Direct specialises in summer lets. She advises landlords on the best way to manage their properties and how to advertise

Ask the Experts: Getting a Handle on Mortgages

Securing a mortgage in France doesn’t have to be difficult and can be more cost-effective than paying for your property in cash FrenchEntrée Property Director Alistair Lockhart advises prospective buyers on the best way to secure a mortgage and get

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Renovation Case Study: Through the Mill

Restoring a derelict paper mill in Dordogne would terrify many; yet the Randalls have not only tamed this property, they’ve transformed it into a stunning luxury residence. Greg Cook gets the grand tour… It’s becoming an established fact that the

Ask the Experts: The Highs and Lows of Currency

Mar Bonnin-Palmer makes sure you don’t get caught out by post-Brexit swings in the currency market How come using a currency specialist costs less than a bank? Exchanging funds is a currency specialist’s primary activity; while a High Street bank

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Bag a Bargain: Shoestring Stunner

A snip at just over €250,000, this six-bedroom maison de maître in Haute-Vienne has buckets of charm – and then some… Stylish wainscoting, check. Warm, muted tones, check. Marble flooring, check. Recently restored to its former glory, this maison de

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Oiling the Wheels – How We Bought an Olive Grove

Nicola Venning meets actress and author Carol Drinkwater and finds out about her love affair with Provence, and the olives she is so passionate about Olive oil and olive trees have had a huge impact on the life of Carol

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Buying in Languedoc-Roussillon

Perhaps you dream of owning a place on the Med, where you can sit and watch the sun go down, sipping a glass of wine as you look out over your very own expanse of aquamarine heaven. Maybe you hanker

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Buying Hotspots: Thuir

Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie Thuir is many things: a proud part of Catalan country; home of the famous Caves Byrrh; and an altogether attractive southern town, tinged with the dusty red hues of the sun-kissed Pyrénées-Orientales. For prospective homeowners, it offers up

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Buying Hotspots: Vence

Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur First things first: Vence is not to be confused with its next-door neighbour Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the better-known of the pair. It’s an easy mistake to make… After all, they’re both medieval hilltop towns, sound similar and sit just