Issue 005: 1st February 2007
France has been voted the best country in the world to live, for the second year running, according to the US based magazine International Living.
Local property taxes in France are rising steeply and there are large variations in the amount payable across the country.
Nevetheless, property taxes in France remain well below the average of local rates in the UK.
Abbé Pierre, one of the most popular figures in France and often referred to as someone who embodied the conscience of the country, has died at the age of 94 years.
Few outside of France have heard of this campaigning priest but he was consistently voted the nations favourite figure, and politicians treated him with enormous respect.
The Government has announced that it is to introduce major changes to the system of household insurance for natural disasters, such as major storms, flooding and ground movement.
In theory, the changes should make it easier and quicker to get compensation but there are fears it will lead to a lack of consistency in the treatment of claims.
Low-cost airlines Easyjet and Ryanair have been involved in running battles with the French authorities over the application of French labour laws to their flight crews.
Ryanair have now deposited a claim against the French Government in the European Court.
Easyjet and Ryanair
If you are thinking of relocating to France to set up your own business, then you may be able to get relief on the payment of heavy social security contributions.
Read more inside about how to become eligible for such assistance.