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October 228, 2021 (Digital edition)

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On the first page:

The limbo of the residence permit prevents us from finding work

Thousands of Britons living in France face legal problems – some being unable to respond to job offers – as the delays are withholding around 10,000 Withdrawal Agreement (WA) residence cards.

See the full story on the first page and continued on page 2

Could the death penalty be reinstated?

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty (September 18), the far-right polemicist and possible presidential candidate Eric Zemmour said he was “philosophically … in favor” of executions during an interview on French television.

Anne Denis from Amnesty International gives her opinion on the last page.

A new era begins at the British Embassy in Paris

New British Ambassador Menna Rawlings is the first woman in this role after 36 men since the time of the Duke of Wellington, who purchased the building which is his official residence.

Read our interview with the UK Ambassador on page 8

French news explained:

Ferries prepare for rebound year 2022

Brittany Ferries hopes to bounce back next year with a fourfold increase in passenger numbers in 2021 and an injection of 25 million euros from a new partner. The other companies that operate cross-Channel are supported by a vast extension of the port – and a new 1,000 m² duty-free shop – in Calais.

Read more on page 2

Will everyone need a third dose of Covid?

The EU is due to give its official opinion in early October on whether it recommends anyone aged 16 or over to receive a Covid booster vaccine. Some 48 million are now doubly vaccinated in France.

Find out more and the key dates to know on page 3

Deaths trigger warning about naturopathic disinformation

Two deaths of people using naturopathic doctors this summer have prompted a warning about the dangers of alternative medicine. In one case, a 44-year-old woman paying € 1,000 per week for fasting treatment in a Loire castle was found dead in her bedroom.

Read the full story on page 5

Record year as buyers search for homes far from major cities

The booming real estate market is heading for a record year – led by rural areas, suburbs and medium-sized towns, in a radical departure from the usual pattern. Over one year, September prices in Paris fell by 1.5% but increased by 6.4% in rural areas.

More information on page 6. You can also keep up to date with French real estate news in our Online property section

The “Van life” trend fuels the rush to buy and rent

RV companies are enjoying renewed interest following the easing of Covid restrictions and a growing trend towards four-wheeled home travel.

Understand recent French headlines thanks to The Connexion’s in-depth analysis in our news sections on pages 1-12. We cover French news in daily online articles as well as more in-depth analysis in our monthly print editions. See our subscription options

Brexit and France:

Concerns about mixed nationality rules in the UK

Mixed-nationality families have raised concerns as the visa deadline approaches and means tests for those wishing to leave the EU for the UK. A couple fear they will not be able to return home together.

Can we extend a 90-day stay for medical reasons?

A reader asked if there is a way for a UK national to extend a visit to France beyond the 90-day limit after his wife has been in an accident and requires regular medical follow-up.

Find out about the problems caused by the UK’s exit from the EU in our Brexit section on page 5. Plus, stay up to date with the latest Brexit news online in our Brexit section

Practical advice for living in France:

Give meaning to Crit’Air stickers

Crit’Air stickers, showing how polluting a car is, are increasingly in demand in French cities. How do you get one and what pitfalls should you watch out for?

Read the guide on page 19

Owning a second home in France: can I insure a car at my French address?

Can I insure a car in France using the address of my second home there? In addition, is it possible to insure month by month or should I insure for a full year?

Get the answer on page 19

New changes in France for October

Changes to speed limits in Paris, increase in gasoline prices and new SNCF offer.

See our October updates for residents in France on page 32

Estate planning and benefits for your family: your FAQ

What are some of the estate planning challenges UK expats face here and steps you can take to improve your position?

Find more tips and advice for managing your money in France in our Currency and Taxation section on pages 33 and 34, and in line

Answers to readers’ questions:

You asked, we answered. Send your questions to [email protected]

  • How to keep pigeons away from our garden?
  • How can I check how many points I have left on my driver’s license?
  • What is a DCEM travel document?
  • Can stores give a voucher instead of a refund for returned merchandise?

Get your questions answered on page 18 and elsewhere. You can also find answers to readers’ questions in the Your Questions Online section.

French living:

The French hills are just the tonic after a busy summer

Explore some of the hidden villages and charming towns, mountain views and outdoor activities of France’s beautiful and varied major mountain ranges.

From banker to cheese maker: “I want to be an ambassador of this heritage”

Finalist of the Best Cheesemaker in the World Contest in Tours, Grégory Giraudon talks with The connection from his career change from finance to cheese.

Recipes: French cuisine with fruits and nuts

The latest cookbook from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts explores the endless variety of fruits and nuts and reveals how they can be used in sweet and savory dishes. Try these three great recipes at home, including a fruity and spicy tagine.

Gardening tips: Camelia envy and “black gold”

Find tips for growing camellias and composting tips for your home.

You’ll find more culture and lifestyle articles, as well as recipes, quizzes and more, in our “French Living” drawer which comes free with every print edition.

More in the October issue:

Community: The tragic Esther puts the charity of missing persons in the spotlight

Job: How to ‘convert’ all foreign qualifications

Your story: Cold winters and hard work – the realities of buying a castle, but we have no regrets

Goods: ‘Hobbit’ housing grows with the trend of low impact living

To live : Cohabitation systems bridge the generation gap

Comment: Why are the French so attached to shopping mall restaurant chains?


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