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Does French wine pair well with space?

A dozen bottles of fine French wine sent to space to age for one year

A European start-up sent a dozen bottles of Bordeaux to the International Space Station to find out. The wine was sent up from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia last month. It will remain at the space station […]

France’s 2020 budget introduces an income tax cut

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Autumn is the time of year when we find out what tax changes we will be faced with the following year, and wait for parliament to debate and finalise the proposed budget. We hope for tax cuts, but often get tax rises. This is a good year, however, […]

Book Reviews for September by Susan Keefe

Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One (Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, and Paris regions) (The Savoring the Olde Ways Series)

by Carole Bumpus

Carole Bumpus a retired family therapist and the author of this absorbing book has within its pages shared her abundance of experiences which she and her husband Winston enjoyed […]

Seven things you need to consider when moving to France

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Thinking of moving to France or buying a property here? Or perhaps you have recently arrived are still in the process of settling in. While foreign bureaucracy and tax legislation may seem off-putting, with early and careful planning you can prevent headaches and make the most of tax-efficient […]

Taking up residence in France?  Take advice early.

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

It is not difficult to appreciate why so many people fall in love with France and consider making it their home. There are, however, some tax and financial essentials you need to be aware of and plan for if you are to get the best out of living […]

Your reading for February from Susan Keefe

In Foreign Fields: How Not To Move To France

by Susie Kelly

A thoroughly entertaining read.

As a firm fan of Susie Kelly’s books about her adventures and experiences of living in rural France, I couldn’t resist downloading this, her latest book, and I am so happy that I did.

In it I discovered […]

Switzerland shares information on two million financial accounts

by Rob Kay, Blevins Franks

The era of financial privacy is now well and truly over. Switzerland, once the bastion of banking secrecy, has begun automatically exchanging information on financial accounts owned by non-residents.

This was a landmark moment in the history of international banking and cross-border tax planning. Although we have known this was […]

New Winter Ski Routes from BA

As summer temperatures continue to rise across the UK, British Airways is launching two cool new ski routes for winter and more flights available from Heathrow for under £40 than ever before.

The new Heathrow flights to Grenoble, perfectly located for access to some of Europe’s best ski resorts will depart on Saturdays from […]

What Brexit answers do we have one year on from the referendum?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

In the aftermath of the UK general election’s unexpected outcome, we reach the milestone of one year since Britain voted to leave the EU. What do we know today about how Brexit might affect expatriates in France?

Has the UK election changed anything for Brexit?

Faced with a […]

Fed up of Unwanted Sales Calls? Here Some Simple Ways to Stop Them

by Bob Elliott

There is nothing more irritating that being interrupted by an unwanted sales call, but there are several things you can do to prevent being called.

If you are about to have a new line installed now is the time to decide if being ex-directory is right for you. It is a […]