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Help from the French government gets a warm welcome this winter

Sometimes help can come from unexpected sources.  As well as the 194 euro ‘cheque énergie’ that the French government sent to every eligible taxpayer back in April, it has now put out a leaflet with suggestions on how to economise on power bills in what is likely to be a difficult winter ahead. True, some …

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Why doing nothing is the worst thing you can do in a time of inflation

With anxiety levels rising as fast as the cost of living, several French Connections HCB clients have been asking if there is anything they can do to safeguard against it. Our Financial Advisor, Simon, has some good advice if you are moving to France or already living here. “We are in a time of global …

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From castles in the sky to a French château

This week we introduce Lee and his French husband, André. They are living the dream, not just because of the French château they have bought and are restoring, but because of the warmth of the welcome they have received from the village they now call home.  Their adventure began two years ago.  “We used to watch …

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Top 10 tips for a hassle-free removals to France

At French Connections HCB, we pride ourselves on teaming up with trusted partners like Burke Bros who are experts in moving belongings from the UK to Europe and beyond. We asked Charlotte from Burke Bros to share her top ten tips to help your move go smoothly…. Moving your household effects and belongings to start …

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You have French resident status but does your car?

This week the UK community in France was abuzz. In the first case of its kind, or at least the first to go public, a British man who holds a 10 year carte de séjour was stopped at Roscoff for having neither registered his British-plated car in France nor paid import duty on the vehicle. …

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How to protect your property from hailstones bigger than golf balls

In some parts of central and southwest France, the storms have caused power outages and extensive damage, the likes of which inhabitants of those areas have never seen in their lifetime. For people who are uninsured, that’s bad news because there is no guarantee that anyone will help and the chances are that they won’t …

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