Moving is considered to be among the most stressful things you can do in life and unsurprisingly that stress can multiply when you're moving to a foreign country. Most who make the dream move to France don't have much money to spare and have to stick to a tight budget. But many are surprised by all the hidden costs that add up. Moving to France costs a lot more than the property you buy and the ferry and flight tickets. Here's a look at some of the extra costs you need to think about when you're at the planning stage, thanks to those who have made the move. Logistics How Getting your possessions from one country to another is certainly one of the more substantial costs you'll face when moving to France whether you're coming from the UK or US. But it can be hard to get an idea of what you should be paying if you've never done it before and costs can vary dramatically depending on how much you're looking to … [Read more...] about The hidden costs of moving to France you need to know about
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There's no doubt that for all those many Britons dreaming of a move to France the muddle of Brexit has complicated things. While draft withdrawal agreements have been thrashed out between London and the EU with the aim of reassuring citizens over their rights, critics say they have left the situation "as clear as mud". In short, Brits living in France have been told they will retain the right to stay in France and British pensioners have been told they will have their healthcare covered in France and their UK pensions uprated. But no one knows what the deal will be for those Brits who head to France from over the Channel or from another EU country once Britain finally divorces itself from the EU and freedom of movement ends. And then there are those who intend to come before the separation is signed, sealed and delivered. Official Brexit Day is March 29th next year, at 11pm UK time to be precise, but then there is the 21 month transition period which will last until December 31st … [Read more...] about ‘If you can move to France before Brexit, then get on with it’
At this year's France Show in London an estate agent gave a presentation about the best places in France to move to in front of dozens who are mulling over the move. From Dordogne to the Charente and from Brittany to Normandy the agent covered all the popular places expats tend to head to. But the far north of the country, the region now known as Hauts-de-France and in particular the most northerly departments of Pas-de-Calais and Nord did not get a mention. Perhaps it's not surprising. Maybe it's considered too close to Britain, not just geographically but when it comes to the industrial landscape in parts of the north as well as the weather. (Janine Marsh with her rooster. Photo: Janine Marsh) But author Janine Marsh who has a house in the Seven Valleys area of Pas-de-Calais says more people should consider the north. "It's only 35 minutes from the UK but it's a different world," she says. "I don't know why more people don't think about this area." Marsh is the author of "My … [Read more...] about Why you really should think about moving to northern France
Can Field Day, the music festival previously held in Victoria Park in East London and summer staple of the capital, survive a move to Brockwell Park in south London, a park that killed one festival last year and whose local residents are fighting tooth and nail to reject? International events company AEG won the exclusive rights to music events in Victoria Park for five years from this summer in an open tender, forcing both Field Day and Lovebox, the two-day June and July festivals, both to seek new homes. To many, summer in London entails one or both of these two events, with Field Day in its 12th year and Lovebox in its 17th. Both festivals looked to move to Brockwell Park as their new venue, the South London space sandwiched by Herne Hill, Brixton and Tulse Hill, despite the fact the park was the graveyard for Sunfall Festival, an electronic music festival in 2016 and 2017 that has since folded. Read more Field Day announces incredible 2018 lineup Field Day, a consistent … [Read more...] about Can Field Day survive a move to south London?
For someone who took up triathlon as a way to get over a fear of swimming, Paris resident Kathryn Harrison does not like doing things by halves... and is this month running the London Marathon She is aiming to raise money for the British Charitable Fund which gives financial support to British people in France who find themselves without sufficient resources to live on.Kathryn, vice president of the Expatriés International Triathlon Club of Paris, moved to Paris from the UK in 2011 for work and lost both job and health in 2015 and became acutely aware of how vulnerable people can become with no warning.She was lucky to have the support of family and friends but knows this is not available for everyone and is pleased to back the BCF in this way.“This is both exciting and daunting in equal measure but I hope to be well prepared. The BCF mission to provide assistance to British subjects throughout France in desperate need of support, be it financial or otherwise, is … [Read more...] about Marathon run to boost funds for expat aid