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  1. Please look at your post box.

    Janet

  2. Can anyone please let me know the new rules re letting properties in France.  I have heard that from August various tests must be done but cannot find out what.

    Jan

  3. In Civray which is about 40 mins from Poitiers, the rent for a three bedroomed house rarely exceeds 500 euros.    How long do you want a let for?  Jan

  4. If you are still looking for a long term let please let me know

  5. We have brought all our capital to France and invested in an Assurance Vie with Credit Agricole.  Not only is it protected from the eyes of the tax man as it is in a tax wrapper, it avoids potential inheritence tax.  We have taken a high risk - all relatively unrisky - and have made 7% tax free last year.

    Everything is negociable in France - banks enjoy having relationships with customers.  I haggled with them and reduced the entrance fee.  The cash is readily available (with penalties).  The other thing is if you are not pensionable and past the time of having health from E106 and CPAM cover for the first two years, your health payment is calculated on 8% of world wide income, including savings in UK, (this is after an allowance of 7000 euros approx)  Money in an assurance vie is not grossed up for this calculation - which can be a further saving.  Further advantage we have found is that the banks will lend against the assurance vie - good for buying a property with interest rate of 4% fixed for life of the loan.  Again I haggled for this using the amount invested as the haggling point. 7-4=3% instant non taxable profit!

    Good luck - Jan

  6. I contacted SSAFA in UK to ask for help and the Chairman of SSAFA France has been on to the British Consulate in Bordeaux - (with more success than I had) - and it appears that quite a number of people have been refused cover at present.  We went up to CPAM to have a chat but no one would talk to us as we are contesting the decision.  We have now formally contested the decision in writing - and are awaiting the reply.  I am sure it is an error made as the original act talkes about being 'en poste' in France.  A full military in rural France is easily taken as a salary - so we have been decided to be patient.  The tax office agree we are not in this category and still wwant us to declare tax this year.  Diplomats and serving forces are excused this.

    We wait ....

    Jan

  7. Where are you in France - we are in the Vienne and our local office is in Poitiers.  We would be happy to talk privately to you if you like.

    Jan

  8. The assurance we have taken out has been with a company called April Assurances.  It is their Premier Euro Non assujettis L'assurance sante des non-assujettis.  - Une garantie sante individuelle specialment cocue pour les personnes ne beneficant d'aucun regime obligatoire d'Assurance Maladie.

    Their address: April Assurances, Siege social, 27 rue Maurice Flandin BP3261  69403 Lyon cedex 03.  Fax 04 78 53 65 18 Internet www.april.fr.

    Jan

  9. Tha nk you all for your concern.  Now that our anger has deminished abit, we are appealing against the decision.  Meanwhile we have found a company who have given us cover at about the same price of affiliating and having a mutuelle.  Also if we win our appeal CMU will give us the first 3 months of the year for nothing - and on the production of an attestation from CMU the insurance company will cancel our cover without penalty.

    One of the staff in one of the insurance firms we visited actually told us she thought we were very lucky as we could choose - and our policy covers us world wide.  She thought many a French person would like the choice.

    We will post the outcome - my main anger is someone saying 'no' and also not having notified us before the cover ran out.  One good thing is that the prescriptions signed before the end of last year will be honoured by both CPAM and the mutuelle.

    One question we shall be persuing - if we have the special status given to serving diplomats, soldiers, etc,  then will they allow us the priviledges with regard to not being subject to taxes, inheritance laws and capital gains tax.  Could be an amazing advantage.

     

    Jan

  10. My husband is not serving - he retired in February 2004 at age 55.

    Jan

  11. We were wanting to go to Spain for a month and I telephoned to ask if I could have a Carte International.  We have not to date had a letter - and infact have updated our carte vitales at the pharmacie since the beginning of the year.  I was told that there was a letter on its way to us refuing us affiliation.  I have telephoned everyone every where.  UK are sorry but not interested. The British Consul in Bordeaux was sorry but could not help.  Eventually, I am being told by one of the big bosses at CMU Poitiers that it is because we fall into a very particular category.  According to Para 383.3 of the Code de la Securite Social (I wrote a transalation down and think it is accurate)  "People founctionaire of a foreign state and their families are not allowed to affiliate to the CMU."  This includes all ex-miliitary, and all civil service and practically everyone who has ever worked for the governnment.  We can be taken back on charge at age 65 when we have a state pension. 

    Jan

  12. Yes, we declared in Sept 2003 that we were here, filled in a tax form for 2004 and paid taxes this autumn.  We have fully complied with absolutely everything.  My husband is a retired serviceman - and although he declares his taxes here (and pays some here) he pays tax on his pension in UK as a foncionaire.  We are totally shocked by this refusal.

     

    Jan

  13. Yes, we gave them those and everything else they asked for. Many thanks for the suggestion.

    Jan

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