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  1. Sorry to bring this up again but have just received this month's copy of French Property News and read the article relating to french wills. It states  'When a client wishes to gift a French house in his will he has the option to either put a clause in his English will or write a French will structured as stated by the French Civil Code'.

    This is apparently covered in Article 1 of the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961.

    According to the article, the Article stipulates that a testamentary disposition (gift within a will) shall be valid if it complies with the internal law of one of the following:

    a) the place where the testator made it

    b) the state of which the testator was a national either at the time when he made the deposition or at the time of death.

    c)the place in which the testator had his domicile either at the time when he made the disposition or at the time of death.

    d) the place in which the testator had his habitual residence either at the time when he made the disposition or at the time of his death

    e)so far as immovable properties are concerned of the place where they are situated.

    It would therefore seem that as long as your french property is mentioned in your english will then that would be okay.

    It does not solve the problem of inheritance tax and it does not seem right that one is penalised for not having any children or blood relatives.  C'est la vie!

  2. Thanks to everyone for helpful comments. I think I have read somewhere (but can't for the life of me remember where!) that any bequests to registered charities are not subject to French Inheritance Tax - have I made that up?

    If we leave things to non-relatives then after paying up to 60% in tax plus notaire's fees there would be hardly anything left!


  3. Parsnips - thanks for your reply. We have english wills set up to cover the situation should we die at the same time but I take it from your comments that those wills would not be considered in France.  My closest blood relative is my brother and OH has only cousins so your reply suggests that they would inherit the french properties.

    It is sounding more complicated by the minute as we have specified in our english wills that all properties be sold and the proceeds divided between several beneficiaries.

    I think we will have to take advice and make a french will to avoid complications - not that we would be around to sort it all out!!!

  4. Hi

    Thinking of putting house up for sale but can't remember which rooms count towards T1, T2, T3 etc. classification. I seem to remember that the bathroom or the kitchen are not included but not sure. Also we have two bedrooms but also a mezzanine that is used as a bedroom - does that count as three bedrooms?

    Thanks in advance

  5. Hi

    I have spent some time reading the FAQ and succession posts and searching the forum and I think that the answer may be that there is no need for us to do so.

    We have two properties in France - one bought 'en tontine' and the other 'en division'

    We live in the UK, have no children, no parents, OH is an only child and I have one brother.

    In our british wills we have left everything to each other. Will this be enough or should we make a simple will in France leaving the french properties to one another?

    I followed the links re proposed changes to the law but note that these will not come into effect until 2015 (if then).

    Any advice/comments gratefully received.


  6. Hi

    I have searched the forum for information re SPANC inspections and found lots of info.

    However, I am a bit confused as some threads state that you have 12 months to put anything right and others state 4 years. We are thinking of putting our house up for sale and know that we will have to have an inspection done before then. We have a fosse septique which appears to work okay.


  7. We are thinking of buying an IPad with wifi plus 3G on a pay as you go tariff. The assistant in the shop said that we would be able to buy a french

    SIM card to use while we are in France. I have done a search but can only find monthly contracts and no pay as you go. Does anyone know of any company that sells them on PAYG terms.

    We have a 3G dongle from Bouyges Telecom for the laptop but I can't find a SIM on their site.

    Thanks in advance for any help



  8. Surely the whole point of CA Britline is the Brit part of it. They sell and promote the english speaking factor of their service so why should anyone have to pay extra for it.

    Ten years ago, when we bought our first property in France, settting up a french bank account was out of my comfort zone and I was grateful for the opportunity to deal with unfamiliar procedures in english. I speak french quite well but was still glad that if I wanted to double check anything I was able to do so. Fortunately, I have never had to use the facility but it is still nice to know that it is there especially as we live in the UK.

    However, if they impose any extra charges I would seriously consider opening an account in a bank near our residence secondaire.







  9. I found that buying recipe magazines was one of the best ways of improving my french vocabulary. Learning new words is always easier when the subject really interests you and it is amazing how many everyday verbs and nouns are used in recipes - to add, to mix, to sprinkle, to stir, to taste etc. etc.

    The first thing I do when I arrive in France is to buy a copy of Cuisine Actuelle or similar.
  10. Oh what memories have been conjured up - we used to go on our Sunday School outing every year to Aberystwyth and always printed a name tag in the amusement arcade. It was a time of steam trains with pictures in the carriages, my brother always trying to see if he could squeeze himself into the luggage rack and tea in the town hall with buttered currant bread.

    Obviously have given away my advanced years!

    Back to original thread - most of our neighbours have their names scratched on their postboxes. We used stick-on letters and so far they have stayed on.
  11. Storecupboard friendly Florentines

    Makes 25 - Prep 10 mins - Cook 12 mins

    85g/3oz cornflakes, bashed with a rolling pin to crush a bit

    85g/3oz toasted flaked almonds

    50g/2oz dried cranberries

    50g/2oz glace cherries, sliced thinly into rounds

    397g can condensed milk

    140g/5oz milk chocolate, broken into chunks

    140g/5oz white chocolate, broken into chunks

    Heat oven to 180C/fan160C/gas 4 and line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment.

    Tip the crushed cornflakes, almonds,cranberries and cherries into a large bowl then stir in the condensed milk until all the ingredients are sticky. Spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto the sheets and leave lots of room for spreading. Flatten each spoonful slightly with the back of a wet spoon and bake for 8-12mins until golden brown. - if you take the Florentines out too soon and they are sitll pale they won't firm up when they cool. Cool on the sheets for about 5 mins until almost firm then carefully turn each one upside down and transfer to another sheet of parchment to cool completely.

    Melt the chocolate over simmering water or in the microwave. When the Florentines are cool, spoon or brush the chocolate over the bases of the biscuits with a pastry brush. Leave until the chocolate has set and serve or box/bag up as presents.

    Will keep for 5 days in an airtight container.


    (Made these regularly for work colleagues and they always went down a treat)
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