Many international couples enter into a French marriage contract for inheritance planning purposes, but some notaires appear to be charging unnecessary fees for such work.
06 Apr 2018
The pound to euro exchange rate began March at interbank levels of €1.12, but rose above €1.14, briefly reaching a two-month high at €1.15, writes Ben Scott of FC Exchange.
The French national audit office has criticised the roll-out of electricity smart meters as ‘costly’ for users and ‘generous’ for EDF.
07 Mar 2018
The income thresholds to obtain legal aid in France have been increased for 2018, but there are also other ways of obtaining assistance with legal advice.
February was a volatile month for the pound to euro exchange rate, with some dramatic peaks and falls taking place, writes Ben Scott of FC Exchange.
La Poste letter delivery prices have been increased by an average of around 10% this year, with smaller increases for parcel delivery.
Household heating costs in France averaged €1,683 last year, but bills varied substantially by type of energy source used.
08 Feb 2018
It was an excellent start to the year for sterling, which gained ground against the euro in January, although Brexit uncertainty looms, writes Ben Scott of FC Exchange.
The end of the year was a bumpy one for the pound to euro exchange rate with Brexit and other European political events creating ups and downs in the market, writes Ben Scott of FC Exchange.
09 Jan 2018
The French MOT test is being tightened up this year, alongside an increase in the charge and penalties.
A recent case in the French courts has strengthened the position of banks who resist the refund of unauthorised payments from a customer account.
The French electricity giant EDF is losing around 100,000 customers a month to competitors, but the differences in tariffs remain marginal.
Brexit caused the pound to euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate to yo-yo in November, with some dramatic dips and impressive rallies taking place, writes Ben Scott of FC Exchange.
07 Dec 2017
Moving abroad comes with substantial costs on top of the purchase price of a new home, and for many the largest single item is the cost of removal of possessions.
07 Nov 2017
The mortgage market for 60+ seniors has rarely been a priority for French lenders, but that is slowly changing.
Although there were some sharp fluctuations in the pound/euro exchange rate in October, the currency pair finished the month at similar levels to which it started, writes Ben Scott of FC Exchange.
The pound had a better month in September, climbing away from parity fears and into safer territory, supported by the prospect of higher interest rates, writes Ben Scott of FC Exchange.
06 Oct 2017
The British government have committed themselves to maintaining existing arrangements for pensioners in Europe, but just what does that mean?
08 Sep 2017
A will that is not made in the handwriting of the testator is null and void, a French court has ruled.
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