213 July 2020 (Digital edition)

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213 July 2020 (Digital edition)
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Coronavirus France: Insurance issues, tourism, masks...

France opened its borders for travel within Europe on June 15 and life is returning to normal in many ways after the launch of “Phase 3” of deconfinement on June 22. Even so, the UK is maintaining its official advice against “non-essential” foreign travel, invalidating most travel insurance policies.

See the current rules and travel updates on page 3. 

Brexit residency card website set to open in July *UPDATE* NOW DELAYED

France was set to open a website in July for Britons already living here to apply for the new obligatory residency cards that would enable you to become established as a resident before stricter “third-country national” visa and residency rules apply. However, the government announced on Sat, 27 June 2020, that the website launch would be delayed until October 1, 2020. The deadline to apply for the card will be June 30, 2021.

Read more about securing your residency with our special coverage on pages 6 and 7, and get updated information online as it is released.

UK’s handling of Covid-19 makes Macron’s work look like an act of genius

Political commentator Simon Heffer gives his take on the UK government’s management of the coronavirus crisis.

Read more in our comment section on page 14.

Is it time to rethink your assets in the UK?

In his July column, financial advisor Bill Blevins highlights considerations for capital gains tax, rental income and more for post-Brexit.

Make the right financial decisions with expert advice in our money section on pages 33 and 34. 

Dame Vera Lynn: Let’s have a cuppa and chat

A tribute to Connexion reader and friend, the remarkable Vera Lynn.

Our writer remembers an interview with the late Dame Vera Lynn who passed away June 18, on page 13.

Readers' questions: What compensation is there if an uninsured driver bumps into me?

Is any compensation possible if someone without valid car insurance bumps into your vehicle?

Find out the answer and more advice for readers on page 18.

Nature: How to help France’s hedgehogs to survive by giving them a cosy cabin

Hedgehogs have become increasingly rare, with some animal groups fearing they could be extinct by 2025. Special 'hedgehog cabins' could be the key to bucking the trend. 

Learn what you can do to help on page 30.

Property in France: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

We take a look at the property market and life as a second homeowner in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. 

Find out what your money buys on page 37.

Why France is surprisingly tax-friendly for individuals 

Robert Kent, of tax and investment consultancy firm Kentingtons, explains how many are actually better off moving to France when it comes to tax.

Debunk financial myths in our Money Matters column on page 20.


Practical: How to visit museums in France for free

Business: Bomb technology on trial to sniff out Covid-19 on planes 

Travel: Sugar, spice and lots of things nice - Around the country in sweet treats

Legal Notes: Leaving my estate to my unmarried partner

Interview: What makes an elite athlete? We talk to champion kayaker Manon Hostens

Community: Europe’s first elephant sanctuary is ready to host animals

Work: Self-employed allowed to dip into pension pot