Celebrating 30 years in France

Celebrating 30 Years!

Celebrating 30 years in France… When I came to France, I had such dreams and getting to France after travelling extensively was already a big achievement.  I arrived with my 5-month-old baby daughter, oblivious to what was awaiting me and thank goodness for that, I may not have left Bermuda if I had known.  I naively thought I could jump in my car and come to France, but of course 30 years ago the UK was not part of the EU and now we have come full circle. This September I am celebrating not only 30 years in France but…

Top Tips for Learning French blog post

Top Tips to Learn the Lingo

My dream of moving to a foreign country began at the ripe old age of 8. I spent most of my early years daydreaming of where I wanted to live, and France was often the top of my list.  As I got older my daydreaming transformed into my vision and I travelled extensively looking for my dream home.  It was not until I arrived on the cote d’Azur in 1992 that I really started to settle down.  Of course, the dream life does not happen with a click of the fingers, the following two years were filled with a multitude…

Does Tax Have To Be Taxing?

I hear the groans and the grimaces even as you start to read this. Yes, its already tax preparation time and that means its time to start planning for your declaration. Whether you are a first-time declarer, or this is your 10th time, the onus is still on you to make your declaration.  Note that even if you are not a fiscal resident of France but you are renting out your property here or earning revenue here, you should make a tax declaration in France.   The word TAX often brings a lot of worry to people and even more so…

Problems Setting up a business in France

Are You Asking The Right Questions?

What questions should you be asking when it comes to setting up your business in France?  Many clients and potential clients reach out to me for help with their business project. Frequently, it’s part of a more extensive immigration and residency file, and we need to get them a business liberal visa or talents visa. To start with, they think they ‘only’ need one bit of information, but as soon as I start asking the right questions, we soon find out that the project is much bigger, and they need help with healthcare, moving logistics, business creation, and so much…

Relocating to france expat

Are You Tipping Your Toe Or Diving Head First?

As we step into 2022, I hope that you are taking time to ask yourself the right questions?  Each end of year, the pressure is on each one of us to go out and plan our next year and make ‘New year’s resolutions’ from either a personal or business perspective, but do we ever really stop to ask the right questions before diving headfirst into a New Year?  Do we ever really stop to look back and see what we have already achieved before once again striving for new goals?  Achievement comes in all shapes and sizes, there is no…

Visas and the 90/180 rule

We are now in 2023 and the transition period for Brexit is well and truly over. The past 2 years have shown so many problems with the different processes for the British now to move to France.  Yes, the rules may have been agreed but the actual paperwork at ground level has taken alot of time to get updated.  Attaching to a person who was already living in France before the end of the transition period was supposed to be easy, it really is not. The End of the Transition Period  Since the end of the transition period (31st December…


There are hundreds of thousands of British citizens living in France, many of whom are worried about their status after 1st January 2021.  There are many more thousands who want to be able to live in France before 31st December 2020 to benefit from the Withdrawal Agreement after this date. Time is running out. Here are some questions we get asked regularly that may help you.  The responses here are from government sources and Brexit websites and some based on our year so experience of dealing with immigration. Its getting late in the year, can I still move to France?…

Coron Virus: Moving forward day by day

This blog is a difficult one to write. I am not an expert in Coron Virus and certainly would not expect anyone else to be, excepting the medical professionals and scientists however we find ourselves in the middle of a crisis that everyone needs to pull together their skills to help.  Not only dealing with this medical catastrophe but also the economical fall out.

CFE Tax : All the questions answered

We are coming to that end of year. We’ve just made it through the taxe d’habitation and the taxe fonciere and its the run up to Christmas. We just think we are done with tax for this year and then ….. CFE tax comes along. So what is this tax and are you liable?

Why January and February are the best months of the year

January is renowned for being a month of new beginnings, fresh starts and wiping the slate clean. A month of taking our desires and putting them to the forefront. It’s a month of let’s get on with this and make it a better, bigger, more successful, healthier than last year, year! Such pressure for everyone and I fight against every year.

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