Which bank offers the best account for foreigners living in France? Our readers chose Britline, a branch of Credit Agricole Normandie, as the bank account of choice for foreigners in France. What is Britline? Britline is an online English speaking French Banking service for people resident in France, the UK and Ireland. It's slogan is "French banking, English thinking" and the idea is to simplify banking in France for people who would rather not deal with their financial affairs in French. Britline's headquarters is in Caen in Normandy and was founded in 1999. The majority of its customer service agents are British and many of its 60,000 clients are based in the areas most popular with Brits in France, such as Brittany, Normandy and the south west, according to a Britline spokesperson. Unlike some other French bank accounts you can open an account with Britline online before … [Read more...] about Readers’ tips: Which bank offers the best account for foreigners in France?
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Drink riding and other cycling offenses Many expat cyclists in France, especially those who have been drinking, mistakenly believe that they can circumvent road regulations under the pretext that they’re not as dangerous as a car driver. But France’s Highway Code doesn’t spare any guilty parties on two wheels, as one British reader of The Local found out when he got arrested in Paris for pedalling one of the city’s Velib bikes while under the influence. He was also cycling the wrong direction down a one-way street and spent a night in a cell for his troubles. Drunken cyclists are quite common (in Paris at least) but it's a dangerous habit. Foreigners get carried away with France’s laissez-faire attitude and forget that they can’t ride their bikes on the pavement either. Those caught will be handed a €135 fine reduced to €90 if paid in the first 15 days, and up to €375 if paid beyond the 45-day mark. And while we are … [Read more...] about The ‘crimes’ foreigners are bound to commit in France
So what do you need to retire in France, regardless of where you’re from? In a nutshell: a valid passport, proof of sufficient means of income, proof of medical insurance and proof of accommodation in France. It may seem straightforward but depending on your particular set of circumstances it goes from easy to fairly challenging. The criteria are obviously different for people from the EU and for those from outside, but both sides still have to complete a number of processes to obtain full long-term residency in France. EU/EEA/Switzerland nationals…and Brits (for the moment) Admittedly moving to France is a lot easier for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals. It's no longer a requirement to register as a resident at your local town hall (mairie) within your first three months of living in France. Photo: AFP As long as you have a valid EU passport and have proof of financial means, you’re sorted. The latter is due to the fact that as a retiree you technically fall into … [Read more...] about Visas and residency: How to make your dream of retiring in France a reality
When you arrive in France it often feels like your chances of finding work are limited, especially if you haven't spoken a word of French since your last lesson at school. And while unemployment might be falling, finding a job in France, especially as a foreigner who has chosen to live in a rural area, can still be tough going. Here's a list of the kinds of work you can find in areas outside major cities in France. Relocation expert As ever, France is a hotspot destination for many people from abroad, especially in times of political turmoil in the UK and the US. But we all know it's no walk in the park to just up sticks and move to France. So why not work as a relocation expert (or handler, as they're often called too)? Given that you have been through the ups and downs of moving to France, your experience could be invaluable to others and you could even get paid for it. Companies are often on the look-out for relocation consultants and managers and you … [Read more...] about The jobs can you do if you live in deepest rural France
Runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona held on to draw 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Tuesday with a much-changed side as they survived having Sergi Roberto sent off late in the second half to preserve their unbeaten league record this season. Barca lead the standings on 83 points after 33 games, 12 ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who visit Real Sociedad on Thursday, while Real Madrid, a further four points back in third, host Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. France forward Ousmane Dembele struck his first goal in the Spanish top flight to give Barca the lead against the run of play in the 36th minute but Celta got a deserved equaliser just before halftime when Jonny Castro struck from close range. Paco Alcacer restored Barca's lead in the 64th minute but Celta, who had beaten the Catalans 4-3 and 4-1 at home in the previous two seasons, continued to pour forward and caused the visitors' inexperienced defence problems. READ: Bayern reaches German Cup final with 6-2 win in Leverkusen Substitute … [Read more...] about Under-strength Barca survive Celta fightback to stay unbeaten