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started by: Sandra-Clarke-909002 · last update: 1506716555 · posted: 1504858940

I am hoping to move to the SW of France once my house here in the north is sold. I would very much like to buy somewhere in the Vendee/Deux Sevres area. And as a young retiree I would still like to have something to do to keep me busy. I would like to have an outbuilding/dependance to convert into a business (albeit a small one) selling antiques & bric-a-brac. Obviously this is an idea that is in its infancy as I know there will be many hoops to jump through before I can achieve it. Has anyone gone through this and would anyone be able to give me ideas of the pitfalls that I may come across? I do speak French as I have lived in France for 10 years now. Any help would be gratefully accepted.

started by: Celticwarrior-10068527 · last update: 1456174180 · posted: 1455914903

My UK driving license is due to expire soon, can anyone tell me the process for applying for a French one?

started by: Almondnut-10068558 · last update: 1455740561 · posted: 1455646000

  Can anyone tell me how to go about registering to vote in the UK for the forthcoming EU referendum? Are there any restrictions on who can vote?

started by: Trev1-966477 · last update: 1453464202 · posted: 1453299695

Can anyone point me in the direction of a mortgage adviser in the area. I am exploring the possibility of selling my Amsterdam flat and buying something larger.

started by: El Enormi Grande · last update: 1453298452 · posted: 1453104788

My internet with Free has been very patchy and the service not very good. Before I cancel my direct debit and send their box back is there any advice people can offer me?

started by: Lynne&Ham-782094 · last update: 1449594229 · posted: 1446117206

A new campaign group has recently formed in the UK called WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign) to "seek fair transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA). Hundreds of thousands of women have had significant changes imposed on them with a lack of appropriate notification. The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA to 65, the same as men’s. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), agree with equalisation, but don’t agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences." A crowdfunding exercise raised enough to pay for legal advice and barristers are currently considering potential action. A petition has been signed by more than 21,000 people since the 20th October. Yesterday it was announced that the Parliamentary Select Committee for Work and Pensions will be seeking submissions from women born in the 50's. "The Work and Pensions Committee have launched an inquiry into the new State Pension introduced in April 2016. Concerns have been raised that many of those who will be affected by the changes do not know enough about the changes or exactly what they will mean for their pensions." More details here:-  I am sure that there are many of you (like me) who are affected by these changes. You may want to consider signing the petition and asking your family and friends to do the same here You can find more information about the campaign and read some of the heartbreaking stories about women who have been left without the money they are entitled to here: Please pass this information to the women you know who were born in the 50's!

started by: Tumster · last update: 1449223650 · posted: 1448633070

Can anyone recommend the car insurance firm that they use? If they speak English even better. We are purchasing a Frech reg Citroen Xantia.

started by: A common mispelled word · last update: 1448570583 · posted: 1448268633

I am interested to hear your perspective on what the repercussions might be if Britain were to leave the European Union. Would expats living here be forced to return?

started by: nickt22 · last update: 1431367873 · posted: 1431087954

Hello, Im sure this has been asked many times in the past but I just cant find the right info or advice. I have newly moved to the north of france to a lovely new house. The only problem now is trying to figure out the whole process of getting a legal car in france. I am from the UK but have a canadian driving licence from living over there for a period of time growing up. My question now is who will insure me on an international driving licence in france. I find many car insurance companys in england but with my rudimentary french finding it very difficult to find out how to insuce a new car with a canadian driving licence. HELP PLEASE ! :)

started by: Jeremy-980147 · last update: 1416952342 · posted: 1416745218

Having read through the info on here regarding wills, I still have the following questions. If resideing in France until the ''End Game'', I am assuming we HAVE to make a will in France. Does a UK will overide this? Does a step child have different rights? even though we may be legally married? There are two children (now adults) in our marriage, both stepchildren to one of us. Does the 'Reserve legale' still come into force for them?....although I understand about the ''usufruit'' to give the surviving spouse life interest.   Trying to sweep the minefield again before moving

started by: chrisand999 · last update: 1402069567 · posted: 1401986275

HI, any ideas of a good insurance company offering reasonably priced insurance for maison secondaire ( not let) bought through a SCI ( Societe immobiliere Civile), with fairly low belongings value.

started by: Poplars · last update: 1399217773 · posted: 1399217773

As an auto entrepreneur my wife has received a form from our mutuelle, Répam Santé, regarding our ‘Attestation Fiscale Année 2014’. It refers to article 154 bis of the ‘Code General des Impots’ and under the heading ‘Maladie’ indicates an amount that she paid and that as a ‘profession libérale’ she must declare. Does anyone know where on the form this should be declared? Thank you

started by: Coccinelle-941641 · last update: 1392483891 · posted: 1391533809

Has anyone had any experience of transferring private pensions from previous employment to schemes in France? I tried about ten years ago, but gave up because there was so much red-tape. It was very frustrating. Is it any better now?

started by: JustineD-903632 · last update: 1385478275 · posted: 1385159498

A friend of ours who is a plumer is thinking about moving over to live in France. How does he go about registering and paying his tax legally over here? Thanks

started by: claire3-919088 · last update: 1384948859 · posted: 1384884786

Hi there, can some one help with my enquiry. I moved to France with my family as had  job offer, but this offer fell through. I am entitled to recive The Family Allowance Fund as I am resident in  france now and I don't want to go back to UK as my family is settled here?

started by: Job seeker-93575 · last update: 1384100671 · posted: 1383654603

Hello everyone I've been working in France for 7 years, I pay my taxes online and my employers have always been based in France. After being unemployed for 8 months (on income support) I have finally found a new job (in France) but my employer lives in the UK and I will be registered there and paid from there. I've started looking into it but if anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it.

started by: JustineD-903632 · last update: 1378505020 · posted: 1378414524

Talking to a friend the other day. She said that her daughter is thinking about getting married in France and asked me about the legalities. I have no idea about the subject so wondered if anyone knew if it is possible between two British nationals (and residents) in France? Thanks

started by: sr2 · last update: 1371483985 · posted: 1355223371

Ive always used the banks to transfer any money from Uk to france but is there a better way. Should I be nervous about usng some of the companies that advertise? Is it cheaper and is it reliable or should I just stick with what I know.

started by: El Enormi Grande · last update: 1367934588 · posted: 1367846567

What's the duty free limit on cigarettes? I would like to take some back to the UK for some friends but not being a smoker and not knowing the limits I don't want to take too many and get tabbed!

started by: WinDemmup · last update: 1366974826 · posted: 1360579786

Does anyone know how I go about getting one. I'm not interested in hunting just targets.

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