French Regional Elections France is administratively divided into 26 regions, which are subdivided into between two and eight departments. Languedoc-Roussillon is made up of five departments, Hérault, Gard, Aude, Lozère, and Pyrénées-Orientales. Each region…

ASPA – pension allowance (last updated April 2009) UK pensioners in France may now qualify for French state benefits of up to 467 euros per month due to the poor exchange rate pushing some expat…

New French Driving licences The old pink paper driving licence is to be replaced over several years, starting in 2013 by a new ‘credit card’ style digital licence. New licences will have a photo which…

Avoiding a War of Succession UPDATE 2015 The new European Succession Regulation, or “Brussels IV”, came into force on 17th August 2015 to simplify these succession issues and allows for the deceased to elect to…

Changing your French matrimonial regime These notes apply not only to those who are thinking of buying real property in France (“French immeubles”), but also to those who already own French immeubles either as a…

Gently into Retirement No 6 – Frantic with Flatpacks Bringing Mum and Dad out at the autumn half-term for their first visit since we’d bought our French home was quite emotional bearing in mind how…

Gently into Retirement No 5 – A Hot Date with a Cool Maître While events were certainly moving along nicely in France with completion set for the first week of September, things were definitely not…