Today is a fine day for regular visitors to France and the EU Since the first mobile phones came into circulation, network companies have charged extortionate prices on mobile roaming. When smartphones with internet access became the norm these charges…
World-famous Baroque musician joins campaign to prevent destruction of Dordogne countryside Local environment and economy are under threat from “polluting and noisy race track” Plans to build a 53-acre (21.5 hectare) racetrack in the middle of peaceful Dordogne countryside have…
Highlights of recent property news headlines in the French Media. We comb through the news so you don’t have to.
An upward trend in sales and value marked 2016 as a year of growth in the French property market, with Île–de–France leading the 1.4% rise in apartment prices. Continuing the recovery that started in early 2015, last year saw an…
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Following the announcement of the vote for the UK to leave the EU, we look at the impact on British nationals who live or own property in France.
A number of museum in France stay open until midnight and offer special events to nocturnal visitors.
In January 2016, the old CMU system was replaced by the new Protection Universelle Maladie known as PUMA for short. Here’s what you need to know …
Once again France comes out on top as the number one most visited tourist destination in the world.
Mortgage rates in France have hit a new historical low – the lowest ever in 70 years.
From 1 st May 2016 French notaires will be able to offer a discount on their fees.
The French Tax Authority has started making refunds of the social charges unlawfully deducted on sales by non-French sellers of their French properties.
Le Cordon Bleu, the world’s leading network of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management institutes, opens its new Paris school in June
The structure is aimed at simplifying administrative formalities for the self-employed in France.
The French government has reintroduced the deeply unpopular 15.5% social charge on property sales by non-residents.
France has adopted a new map reducing the number of regions from 22 down to 13. The move is aimed to simplify bureaucracy and save costs and is not without controversy.
As with most bureaucracy in France, just when you think you have it all under your hat, it changes! But some improvements on the CAF website are really helpful.
When sad events happen, it is difficult to find the words to express our support or sympathy in French. It is never easy, even in our own language. How should we react? What can we say or do to help?
Take a short break in Paris this winter and see if a breath of French air can’t make Christmas shopping memorable for all the right reasons: original gift ideas, money saving opportunities, pit-stops at Ladurée…
A recent case of France’s supreme court, decided that a Monaco company was not subject to inheritance tax on French property upon the death of a shareholder.
The cross-border tax landscape has completely changed. It is essential that your tax planning conforms to the rules of taxation in France, or it could have consequences.
One of the world’s most legendary sporting events, the 103th tour de France runs from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, and will pass through France, Spain and Switzerland and be made up of 21 stages.
Many people have requested repayment of social charges in France, but is happening to those claims?
At the start of the 2015 school year France introduced new ‘civics lessons’ in primary and secondary classrooms aimed at defending the values of la Republique.
An interactive roaming exhibition is rolling around France to raise awareness about climate change leading up to the COP21 climate summit in Paris in December.
All furnished lets in France are governed by the law ALUR and must be equipped as a minimum with the following items…
Buyers of a property in France get the peace of mind of a cooling off period, known as délai de rétractation, of ten days before the contract becomes binding.
The rent control system called encadrement des loyers came into effect in August 1st in Paris, among widespread discontent from estate agents and landlords.
The long-delayed French energy law, known as the loi de transition énergétique, was approved in a final vote on July 22 setting ambitious goals for energy efficienty and waste reduction.
An upcoming exhibition at London’s Royal Academy reveals that a neighbourly dispute almost prevented the ‘Waterlilies’ series from even beginning
From September 1 onwards, residents in France will not be allowed to make payments of more than 1,000 euros in cash, down from 3,000 previously. Payments in excess of 1,000 euros must be made using another form of payment such as cheque or credit card.
The French parliament has adopted the new Surveillance Bill (loi de reseignement) in a final vote on June 24, among concerns that it may give way to a mass surveillance and impinge on civil liberties. The controversial law includes the creation of a new independent government agency.
Four members of the French Resistance, two men and two women, were inducted to the Pantheon, in a highly symbolic two-hour ceremony in Paris led by President Françoise Hollande.
From the 8 June the paper counterparts to UK driving licences are being computerised, and replaced with official codes to hold any data on their holders’ endorsements and fines. Any visitors planning to hire a car in France after that…
Until 12 April, Saint-Étienne (Rhône-Alpes) is hosting its four week-long International Biennial of Design. Now in its ninth edition, this year’s event is under the direction of new curator Benjamin Loyauté – a designer who is currently showing an exhibition of…
Just before six in the morning on Sunday, the Château de Fontainebleau, one of the most extraordinary cultural sites in France, was the target of a carefully planned robbery. Priceless treasures from the Chinese wing are missing.
France joins the modern world as the Assemblée Nationale voted for French shops in new Zones Internationales de Tourisme (ZTI) to be allowed to open late in the evenings and every Sunday.
Sitting down at a picturesque restaurant only to discover that the “authentic” cuisine is in fact a reheated vacuum-packed or frozen mass produced dish is far from ideal. Visitors to these restaurants have vented their discontent in their guest reviews…
It is now possible for consumers to cancel their vehicle or house insurance provider at any time after the first year. The rule applies to contracts signed or renewed after January 1, 2015.
Keeping the flame alive! Cosy evenings in Paris by a crackling fireplace are back in the game as Paris Prefecture kills ban on open fires
If you sold your holiday home in France you may qualify for a refund of any social contributions levied, but you would need to act quickly.
The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo unveiled the city’s plan to fight pollution, including a call for no more diesel cars in Paris by 2020.
A First Folio edition of William Shakespeare plays has been found in a library in Saint-Omer, where it had remained undiscovered for 200 years. Medieval literature expert Rémy Cordonnier was responsible for the book’s discovery at the Bibliothèque de l’Agglomération…
A new bill is to be revealed next month that would allow shops to open on Sundays, breaking away from the long-standing French tradition of Sunday rest.
The new credit card format French driving licence includes an electronic chip, but it has been found to be too expensive to implement.
The dream of a place in the sun may become just a little bit more expensive with a proposed increase on taxe d’habitation on holiday homes in France.
French inheritance law is substantially different from the position in the UK. After much debate on the new EU succession regulations effective August 2015 it is still a fact that owning assets in another jurisdiction increases legal and tax complexity.
In France customers of one of the largest banks can now quickly and send money electronically via Twitter to a friend.
A team of experts in Lyon lovingly restored and brought back to life H.R. Giger’s iconic piece of cinematic history.
I remember vividly my first visit to Notre Dame. I was 18 and somewhat overwhelmed by the city. It was stormy, which gave the light coming in through the stained glass an eery hue. As I set foot inside, the…