FrenchEntrée Digital Editor

Zoe Smith

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About the author:

As well as being digital editor at FrenchEntrée, Zoë is a freelance journalist who has written for the Telegraph, HuffPost, and CNN, and a guidebook updater for the Rough Guide to France and Rough Guide to Dordogne & Lot. She lives in the French countryside just outside of Nantes, where she writes her blog Râler Like a French Girl, a humorous look at the English-French experience.


Articles by Zoë Smith


La Grue Gites

Life After Brexit: Living the ‘La Grue’ Dream

In our Life After Brexit series, we look at how British expats in France are facing life post-Brexit. What are the personal and professional changes and challenges that lie ahead for small businesses, homeowners, and retirees? In our fifth installment, Carol Paylor

Passengers on a commercial flight

Travel Between France and UK: New Rules from May-June 2021

This last month has seen France relax its rules on Brits travelling to and from the EU. However, with the country under a second lockdown and UK rules still preventing overseas travel for non-essential reasons, many French second-home owners have still

Currency from different places

We Need to Talk About… Money (And Here’s Why)

A couple of years ago Lloyds Bank did quite a brilliant advert, in my opinion, with the theme: “It isn’t easy talking about money, but it is important. The M word: it’s good to talk about money.” The advert depicted

Writer

FrenchEntrée is Looking for Writers & Contributors!

Do you have a passion for topics related to French property and living in France, and want to write about them for FrenchEntrée? We’re looking for writers and contributors that have knowledge or expertise in a range of subjects from

5 Tips to Speed Up Your French Residency Application

    If you are hoping to become resident in France or move to France after Brexit, the first step is to apply for a French long-stay visa. Visa applications can seem complicated, but with careful planning and preparation, you

Jacob Russell

Life After Brexit: Bye Bye Beirut

In our Life After Brexit series, we look at how British expats in France are facing life post-Brexit. What are the personal and professional changes and challenges that lie ahead for small businesses, homeowners, and retirees? In our fourth installment, Charlotte Visser

owning a property in france after brexit

Buying a Property in France After Brexit: 2021 Onwards

The UK has officially left the EU and the Withdrawal Agreement is now in effect, but what does this mean for future France property buyers? Brexit won’t prevent British people retiring to France or purchasing a second home in France,

UK EU passport

Life After Brexit: French Hiccups

In our new Life After Brexit series, we look at how British expats in France are facing life post-Brexit. What are the personal and professional changes and challenges that lie ahead for small businesses, homeowners, and retirees? In our fourth installment,

Small model house attached to keys as representation of buying a Property in France

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying French Property

Whether you are looking to invest in French real estate, aspire to own a holiday home in France, or plan to move to France in the future—this beginner’s guide covers everything you need to know about buying French Property. What

model house and house keys

Essential Questions for French Property Buyers

  Whether you’re buying a second home in France or looking to invest in real estate, how can you be sure that a property is right for you? Half of the problem is knowing what questions to ask and this

Property visit

Property Viewing in France: Planning Your Trip

Once your French property search is underway and you’ve started to make a list of potential properties, the next step is to start organising your house-hunting trip. From booking house viewings to the essential questions you should ask your French

mobile home park

Buying a Mobile Home in France

Purchasing French property doesn’t have to mean a rural farmhouse or a beachside apartment—there are many other options to consider if you’re looking to buy a second house. With competitive prices and all the advantages of a residential holiday park,

The Real Estate Fiscal Representative in France

Do you need a real estate fiscal representative in France? Selling a real estate property may require the designation of real estate fiscal representative in France, though there are some instances where this isn’t the case. There exists an automatic

Life After Brexit: Moving to France During a Pandemic

In our new Life After Brexit series, we look at how British expats in France are facing life post-Brexit. What are the personal and professional changes and challenges that lie ahead for small businesses, homeowners, and retirees?  In our third

Selection of popular British condiments-Branson pickle, marmite, etc

Life After Brexit: The Branston Pickle Effect

  In our new Life After Brexit series, we look at how British expats in France are facing life post-Brexit. What are the personal and professional changes and challenges that lie ahead for small businesses, homeowners, and retirees? In our second

Half EU and half Union Jack flag

Life After Brexit: Curry in the Time of COVID

In our new Life After Brexit series, we look at how British expats in France are facing life post-Brexit. What are the personal and professional changes and challenges that lie ahead for small businesses, homeowners, and retirees? In the first of

Eiffel Tower in Paris against a blue sky

Moving to France After Brexit: Your Rights

As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, British workers, students, and travellers will no longer have the right to Freedom of Movement in the EU. This doesn’t mean an end to British expats in France, but

Retirees and Pensions in France After Brexit: 2021 Onwards

  The rights of British expats retired in France are protected under the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, but you probably still have a lot of questions about what changes moving forward. Here’s what you need to know about your securing

Brexit - healthcare

Healthcare in France After Brexit: 2021 Onwards

British expats resident in France before January 1st, 2021, have their rights protected under the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU. But what does that mean with regards to healthcare? Do you need to apply for a Carte Vitale? Are

Taxes in France After Brexit: 2021 Onwards

Will the UK’s exit from the EU affect your French tax and social charges in 2021? Will your pension be taxed differently if you live in France? Will second-home owners in France now be liable for capital gains tax if