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Lead in Your French Home

When do you need a mandatory inspection? Throughout France, an inspection for the presence of lead in paintwork is mandatory when any building built before January 1949 is sold (both common areas and/or areas for private use). The inspection must

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Do I Need a Building Survey?

There is no requirement in France to have a pre-purchase ‘building survey’ done. There are laws requiring a vendor to provide diagnostiques including: termites, asbestos, lead paint, energy efficiency, electrical and gas installations, plus environmental risks such as earthquakes and

The stress of living the dream

Having lived here for three years, I’d forgotten what a shock it can be coming to live in France. But I’m witnessing at close hand a friend who has just made the move and how hard it is for them to adjust. Any suggestions how I can help?

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The New UK Pension Regime and Expatriates in France

The new UK pension regime came into effect from 6th April, 2015. This is a major change for retirees, with the restrictions on how much income and lump sum you can take being removed for defined contribution schemes.

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French onion soup recipe from the Cévennes

This is what they eat to warm themselves up in the Cévennes mountains in winter … if it works for them, it could help us through our cold winter too. Here is a delicious French bistro staple.

The best gardens and parks of Paris

At times we all need to escape the frenetic pace of city life, and luckily France’s capital has no end of green spaces. Read on to discover Florence Derrick’s top three parks in which to steal a breath of fresh air in Paris.

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Pet passport procedure

A pet passport means that your much-loved animal can easily travel with you to France, but getting your pet ready for travel can take weeks or months. Vet Diana James takes you through the process, step-by-step.

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Top French Tax Tips

Baffled by the French tax system? Preparing to leave the UK to set up home in your dream French home? Already here? Here’s some handy advice…

Healthcare

Healthcare

Healthcare in France Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the French Healthcare System. Here, you can find answers to your questions about health cover in France, accessing l’Assurance Maladie, getting your carte vitale, the S1 form, or your rights in early

French Word of the Week: “Ennui”

For all the good intentions and inescapable cheer, the holidays can be followed by indefinable hollowness. There’s no need to fight the feeling; you can wear it with style and choose to view it as a trés chic état d’esprit.

Peak Demand for Oyster Farmers in France

It’s not a French Christmas or Réveillon without oysters, and these two weeks account for 69% of annual revenue for oyster farmers. Despite reports earlier this year of a mystery disease killing off oysters in droves, and an expected increase

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French Rules on Septic Tanks

Certain rules apply to properties which are not connected to mains drainage. French Law Solicitors Heslop & Platt, look at what this means for residential property buyer and sellers.

Specialities from Vichy

Take a trip to the thermal spa town in Auvergne and you’ll find a lots of local delicacies on the menu. Here’s our at a glance guide to what to eat and drink in Vichy, whether you are on a health kick or need to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Healthcare in France – An Introduction

Introduction: Although being expensive to maintain – the World Health Organisation has stated that France spends 11% of GDP on healthcare and outranks major countries on this basis – France offers a wide choice of general practitioners and healthcare specialists.

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Noisy Neighbours

Clients are generally very happy with their French properties and we seldom hear about noise disturbance and the annoyance and stress this causes. But one particular case has encouraged us to write this article…

Take a Closer Look at the Limousin Tree Population

A thought provoking piece from professional tree surgeon Darren Edwards that helps us better understand the importance of trees in our lives …….. “we can learn a lot about the condition, health and life of a tree just by studying its body language.”

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Who You Need to Inform When Moving to France from the UK

There will be many things to do in arranging a move to France and a lot of people to tell. Here’s how to avoid unnecessary delays in getting your UK pension income paid to you gross and how to ensure that you receive any medical cover that you are entitled to in France.

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‘Contributions Sociales’ or ‘Social Taxes’

Since the Contribution Sociale Généralisée (CSG) were introduced in 1991 they have been the source of much confusion for tax residents in France. Many expats who are now classified as tax residents of France would have received bills for Contributions Sociales in October and may been wondering exactly what they are.

What advertisers say about FrenchEntrée

FrenchEntrée advertising works, but don’t just take our word for it… Come and see what our advertisers say, from directory advertisers to exclusive sponsors.

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Providing Furnished Property Rental

Furnished property rentals bring many benefits but have you also thought about your obligations and the tax implications? Below you will find a brief summary of the main points you need to consider when running furnished property rentals in France.

Nikki’s veggie poem

Nikki Emmerton from ‘Under the Lime Tree’, a vegetarian B&B in the Charente, has written this poem to inspire vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

The Stress of Living the Dream

Having lived here for three years, I’d forgotten what a shock it can be coming to live in France. But I’m witnessing at close hand a friend who has just made the move and how hard it is for them to adjust.

Accessing the French healthcare system

The WHO regularly rates the French healthcare system as amongst the best in the world. So for UK nationals planning a move to France, the question is not “can France offer me the same standard of healthcare as the UK?” but “how will I get access to the benefits of the French health service?”

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Income Tax in the UK and France Compared

Early April in the UK sees the end of one tax year and the start of another. While in France, the end of April brings the delivery of annual household tax forms for return to the French taxman by the end of May.

Chats Du Quercy

The purpose of Chats du Quercy is to find permanent, safe homes for homeless cats and kittens with responsible and caring owners. We aim to provide quality, short term housing in a safe, disease-free and stimulating environment…

Veggie food for dogs and cats

Many vegetarians think that vegetarian food is not produced for dogs and cats. This is not so….nutritional food for both dogs and cats, that provides all the essential ingredient they need for a healthy life, can now be bought here in France.

Two natural ‘miracle’ paints

Although recent EU legislation had limited the VOC contents of paints this does not mean that all paints are now “green”, safe and natural.

Dog Links

A new organization has been set up working across France to help rehome dogs, many of whom have had a terrible past, some of who are no longer able to live with their current owners through no fault of their own and some who face certain death within the over stretched SPA pounds.Please take a minute to read through the information from dog links, even if you are not in a position to offer a dog a permanent home there are still many things you can do to help.