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Bringing your own car when you move to France or Italy? Here are some tips to help you save money

If you are researching how to register your vehicle in France, you will notice that two documents are frequently mentioned, the Certificat de Conformité and the Contrôle Technique. One or both are always essential, depending on what type and age of vehicle you have. Unfortunately, the information you find online can sometimes be misleading, costing …

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With unpredictable weather becoming a regular event, here’s what you need to know about Home Insurance

When it comes to home insurance, not all policies are created equal so it’s better to be informed than find out too late that your home isn’t covered.While certain factors can significantly increase your premiums, the good news is there are some easy solutions to keeping them down.We asked our insurance partner Fabien Pelissier from …

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It’s Spring and that means the taxman has come out of hibernation

For many people in France, seeing the first almond blossom and wildflowers emerge after a long cold winter is blighted by the imminent arrival of the taxman. Every year, the usual panic ensues. The French administration only allows tax returns to be submitted between the beginning of April and the end of May, which means …

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Need help to purchase a car in France? Ask somebody who has already bought 18 for himself!

There is nobody better qualified to help you buy a car in France than somebody who has already sourced more than 100 vehicles on behalf of his clients and owns 18 cars and 7 motorbikes himself. Meet Richard Hammond, founder of French Connections HCB, fully qualified car buff and our expert in tracking down a …

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There are more questions than answers when you dream about moving to France

One thing you learn very quickly when you move to France is that you don’t really have a choice about the order in which you do things. That’s because you often need to have completed one step in order to advance on something else. For example, if you want to buy or rent a house …

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How to make sure you child doesn’t miss out on overseas school trips

School is back this week, which means there’s a new challenge looming for parents, in the form of overseas school trips. Although children under the age of 18 don’t need to hold their own French residency card as they are covered by yours, there’s a potential problem in proving resident status if they travel back …

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Understanding your financial situation before you move to France

Finance is a confusing topic, even when you’ve lived in a place all your life. But when you move to a new country, with a new language, things become even more complicated. Being fully aware of your financial situation before you move will save you both money and stress. French Connections HCB’s Financial Advisor, Simon …

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