How much tax will I pay? If you have not accessed your UK pension and then taken it all as a lump sum, you could pay just 7.5% in French taxes (other conditions apply).
Do you worry about elderly parents living in France without family support, or in isolated areas?
Stick to the limits in France and you won’t have any problems – but if you’re one of those people who think that speed limits don’t apply to you, be prepared to pay for the privilege and suffer the consequences!
Should you keep hold of UK investments in France? You may have accumulated Premium Bonds, Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) etc over the years, or bought shares in UK companies – but are these suitable investments for your new life in France?
As usual, PO Life brings you walks, restaurant reviews, recipes, airport news, French and English language exercises, silly jokes, days out…… and a host of talented guest writers who have volunteered (or been volunteered) to be your personal guides around the region.
Don’t forget the reduction in the speed limit from 90km/h to 80km/h from 1st July 2018 on two way roads (Le Boulou to Argelès road, parts of the Perpignan to Prades road..…)
There are many attractions and advantages to living in France. However there are some drawbacks too, such as unfamiliar local bureaucracy and a complex, expensive and frequently changing tax regime.
Look out for changes to the ‘contrôle technique’ from May 2018, in an attempt to make the French equivalent of the MOT more thorough and prevent unroadworthy vehicles from taking to the roads legally.
The PO has swapped flags for hundreds of year as kith and kin battled over the region’s riches. . Taking a few moments to talk to the neighbours can help us enjoy the region we love.
Our story is created by sheer determination and passion. We love France and want to live here. It’s not easy, and you have to be prepared to work hard at it.