Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Wherever you are from in the world, if you speak English The Local Buzz is for you!
Looking for a local business or event? You can find English speaking businesses in our directory and, as for events, there are lots to choose from in each of our regions!
Covid: The rules are changing regularly. For information on leisure and travel to/from and within France click here For general information, click here Let’s keep doing what we have been doing to beat the Covid virus.
Take care, stay safe.
Andrea Glover, International Financial Adviser at The Spectrum IFA Group, highlights the questions that she is being asked most frequently at the moment by both existing and prospective clients.
A lot of people worry about injections and here, our blogger Sue Jones, tells us of her Covid vaccination experience.
We take a look at what Mrs Beeton had to say about spring cleaning – these notes are from the 13th impression of the 1960 version which still refers to the “young housewife” but, by then, the title had changed to Cookery and Household Management. Click here to go to link or read the full article in the Feb to Apr 2021 issue at www.thelocalbuzzmag.com/read-online
After several years of uncertainty, the UK has now fully left the EU and whilst many of us understand exactly what that mean in terms of French residency requirements, the impact on the financial services world is only just starting to unfold.
We asked Andrea Glover, International Financial Adviser at The Spectrum IFA Group, for her thoughts on the matter and to provide guidance to those of us who are affected.
We take the safety of our readers and our distributors very seriously and that was the primary concern when it came to whether or not we printed this latest version. There were other concerns too ….
New rules on travel are now in force with travel in and out of France to countries outside of the EU being banned unless there are compelling reasons.
Rules have also been tightened on entry to France from within the EU and Schengen zone, with PCR tests and new forms required for most travellers, including a sworn declaration.
A link to these new forms can be found in this article.
In addition, working from home is strongly encouraged, police are cracking down on curfew breakers, and non-food shopping centres over 20,000 sq m in size are closed.
Meanwhile, details on how to book a vaccination can be found at sante.fr
Keep safe everyone.
A new, deliciously festive take on the traditional feast with pigeon and bubbly wines from Emma (chef) and John (sommelier) Gilchrist
This is likely to be a Christmas and New Year unlike any other and presents an ideal opportunity to relive the parlour games of the past, or bring “new life” to some of our family favourites. As travel restrictions and social distancing rules may alter our festivities this year, we thought it might be fun to take a look at games that can be played in small groups or via a meeting apps such as FaceTime or Zoom!
This is likely to be a Christmas and New Year unlike any other and presents an ideal opportunity to relive the parlour games of the past, or bring “new life” to some of our family favourites. As travel restrictions and social distancing rules may alter our festivities this year, we thought it might be fun to take a look at games that can be played in small groups or via a meeting apps such as FaceTime or Zoom
Showcasing local products from the Lot, Le Balandre restaurant at the centuries-old, family-run Terminus Hotel in Cahors offers stunningly delicious cuisine such as this Lobster and Beetroot Salad. Mixing traditional and original creations with the finest ingredients, Chef Alexandre Marre prepares his food without artificial additives or superfluous ingredients, allowing the true flavours to be savoured.
Here are some top tips from our working from home article that will be appearing in our next issue.
If it looks like this may be a more permanent scenario for you, the upcoming article provides ideas and suggestions about how to make working from home really work well for you.
The curfew starts today and with it comes a NEW ATTESTATION FORM. You can find a link by clicking here.
We asked three experts how we can keep positive during this difficult time and they had some really good suggestions. You can see what they had to say in our Well Being feature in the Dec/Jan issue – just click read online.
We will come through this – let’s make the most of it and look forward to a new year.
For a quick guide about the new rules from 15 December see 15 December The New Rules in the Advice section of our Articles pages.
We have all been through a pretty difficult period and now it’s time to do something different! What better than a themed event for friends, family and neighbours.*
The prices are low, the houses are beautiful: what’s not to like about the idea of doing up an old French farmhouse and making it the home of your dreams?
Many have trod this path. Most end up with the renovation dream intact. For some it quickly turns into a terrifying nightmare.
Whether you live or work here or are considering a move to France, French insurance is one of those must have’s in terms of contract and knowledge. We asked Léna Eaton of Agence Generali for a straightforward overview.
It’s that time of year when property tax comes to the fore. If you own a property in France you could be eligible for two taxes each year in the form of Taxe Foncières and Taxe d’habitation.
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Take a look in our October/November issue to hear more about buying or selling cars, autumn gardening, do you need to pay Taxe d’Habitation, or perhaps you would like to improve your golf? Plus, there’s some fabulous food and wine ideas, legal advice, guest chef recipes, a City focus and, of course, a great reader offer and a new prize competition. Don’t forget that you can still read and download all of our magazines, including the latest issue!
The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on our daily lives and finances. For many readers there is also an impact on their pension and investment funds due to extreme volatility in the financial markets and global economic disruption.
Sally Dilks, Associate Solicitor specialising in French Law at Buckles Solicitors, answers a question on French Inheritance Tax
Katie Gardner is a fully qualified CBT Counsellor and answers a question concerning marriage
Katie Gardner answers a question about feeling low, overwhelmed and anxious
Sustainable, green, eco-friendly. They don’t all mean the same but they do add up to the same thing: looking after our environment.
Tony Delvalle and Andrea Glover are International Financial Advisers at The Spectrum IFA Group. We asked them what are the current top three ‘hot topics’ with clients, particularly affecting retirees.
Sarah Bright Thomas is an Avocat Associé and Partner at Bright Avocats. Here she answers a question about Wills.
Katie Gardner answers a question about Christmas pressure
Sally Dilks, Associate at Buckles Solicitors LLP, explains why Estate planning for your French assets need not be taxing.
Katie Gardner answers your questions about a lack of confidence and road rage
This time Katie answers questions about friendship and joining charitable organisations
This time Katie answers queries from people who are facing Struggles in SW France with weight and self-esteem
Power of attorney arrangements allow an individual’s financial and health affairs to be looked after by someone else, the attorney, if they lose mental capacity in the future. Tony Delvalle of The Spectrum IFA Group explains how they can help to relieve stress at the most difficult of times.
Katie Gardner is a fully-Qualified CBT Counsellor and 10-year expat based on the border of 47/24. She’s here to answer your questions
Yvonne Drolshagen of Aquitaine Lifestyle Solutions gives us an insight into saving tax with charitable donations.
Organised by the UICC, a membership organisation dedicated to Fighting Cancer Together, World Cancer Day heralds the start of a 3-year call-to-action. Its aim is to encourage everyone to act now and make a personal commitment to reduce the impact of cancer on themselves, the people they love and to help others across the globe.
This lady has lots of friends and family around her but she cannot get over the trauma of losing her partner
Although this question relates to stress at Christmas, we can all experience stress at any family gathering.
Dealing with legal issues, bureaucracy and finance is difficult at the best of times, regardless of how good your French is
Colin Leigh-Higgott of Blevins Franks says that understanding the options and tax implications for different types of pensions is key.
Katie Gardner answers a question for someone who finds that their 6 o’clock curfew on the first drink of the day is becoming earlier?
Some do, some don’t – but should we? We asked Rudolf de Lang, a pool technician with 25 years experience and a specialist in electronic leak detection, to explain the benefits.
Photographer Jeff Ross looks at how technology has moved on and how to get the best out of your mobile phone camera.
Katie Gardener is a fully qualified CBT Counsellor and answers a question about coping with a change to the pace of life