France retained its place as the most popular tourist destination in the world in 2006, with 78 million visitors, an increase of nearly 2 million over 2005.
A French farmer living in the Dordogne has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the murder of two government work inspectors.
Ageing French ‘rock’ legend Johnny Halliday has relocated to Switzerland to reduce his liability to French taxes, and has applied for Belgian nationality with the same objective in mind.
Large areas of France are heading for drought conditions this year, as a result of lower than average rainfall since last September.
A recent study carried out for ‘Le Monde’ newspaper confirms France as having some of the toughest inheritance laws in Europe. Not only is your right to freely dispose of your property more restricted, but there are fewer concessions on your liability to inheritance tax.
15 Mar 2007
The government has announced its intention to introduce pay as you earn tax collection with effect from 2009. France is the only country in the OECD not to have income tax deducted at source for employees (PAYE), as a result of which, everyone pays their income tax a year in arrears.
01 Mar 2007
The population of mainland France is set to rise to 70 million by 2050, up from 60.7 million in 2005, according to a recent study by the French national statistics agency, INSEE.
01 Mar 2007
The French National Statistical Office has postponed publication of jobless figures until after the presidential elections. The decision has provoked a major row between politicians of left and right, with reports that the figures due to be reported were higher than the government's own figures.
20 Feb 2007