Would you miss your bacon? Most people who relocate to another country have some regrets at some time. Among the regrets for the British in France was the loss of English food! Bacon sarnies and crumpets?
France was a founder member of the EU in 1952, and is a member of the Schengen area. The capital is Paris and the currency is the euro.
Despite the odd niggles, France has some truly magnificent countryside, a wealth of culture, architecture and history to delight you — and although the people are, on the whole, not fulsome in their welcome, they can be superbly kind in the right circumstances.
Although Britain is not a member of the Schengen area, and therefore customs formalities apply, because we are members of the EU, there is little of consequence to concern the average Briton relocating to France.
Currency — there are no restrictions. Free import of goods bought from the EU with some restrictions on the amount of alcohol and cigarettes. Medicines for personal use only.
Dogs and cats require their own pet passport, microchips, rabies vaccinations within 1 year, but not closer than 21 days from departure, and up-to-date routine vaccinations. An alternative for cats and dogs from the United Kingdom to the rabies vaccination is to have a Sanitary Certificate issued 10 days or less before transportation; and a Certificate that the pet has been residing in the United Kingdom for at least 6 months prior to departure or since birth. (more…)
Many Britons have retired to France. The country is extremely popular with the Brits because of its close proximity to England. France is separated from England by the English Channel. Paris is the most populous city in France and also the capital, there is a large community of British expats in Paris, as a result The Cote d’Azur is an Anglophone or English speaking area, as well as Aix en Provence with many British expats residing there.
Similarly there are numerous Brits in Normandy probably, due to its close proximity to the southern English coast. From Stonehenge, London you can journey down to Portsmouth and board a ferry which is about 6 hours to Caen, Normandy. (more…)
If you are moving to France and thinking of buying a home, you are in luck since buying houses in this country is fairly straightforward. The registration system is clear, and anyone, even expats, should find it easy to understand. Even so, there are certain things you need to know, pitfalls to avoid and rules to follow. This article helps you to get basic information about houses for sale in France.
What do you want? Why are you moving to France? What will be important to you. Talk to the family, make sure you have a clear idea to aim for.
If possible, visit the area of your choice (in the worst season!) check out the amenities, ask around – would you really be happy moving to France to live here.
You need to take a good hard look at your financial assets and determine the price range you can afford. Allow for unforeseen expenses – and remember the exchange rate can influence the cost. You can ‘fix’ an exchange rate today for a purchase later. “Smart Currency Exchange” is a UK’s currency exchange specialist that focuses on helping overseas relocation. (more…)
Thousands of Brits consider moving to France every year, and that is not surprising considering the beauty, tranquility, food, wine and climate of this country. Being British it is only natural to want to look for communities in France where you can share time with your fellows, so here is a guide to help you find the best places to stay in the country and to get more information concerning British communities in France.
However, the French are rightly proud of their country and culture. They feel slighted by the fact that so many Brits make no attempt to learn the language or integrate into French society. If you can put up with their Gallic humour, try out your French and you will probably find that they are friendly and do make allowances – and your stay will be much the richer for your efforts. Going “native” can be quite amusing, and with their rich heritage you will find plenty to admire.
Where UK Expats Go in France
Paris probably has the largest number of expats, and here the locals may be more forgiving of the English language. Many French people do speak good English – but when in France– do as the French do! (more…)