214 August 2020 (Digital edition)

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214 August 2020 (Digital edition)
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Coronavirus in France: Tests for all as plans toughen

'Reconfinement' is not a taboo word, as France introduces coronavirus tests for all and toughens up the rules in a bid to prevent a second wave of the disease. Plus, why ferry companies are not carrying foot passengers this summer; the couples separated by travel bans; the government's rejection of a call for urgent legal action over holiday refunds.

Read our analysis of the current situation on pages 1 to 3.

Brexit residency cards latest 

The delayed website for the estimated 148,000 Britons in France to apply for post-Brexit residency cards will open in October, as officials allow local authorities to deal with a backlog of applications from other third-country nations that already operate a residency card system. We also have an administrative checklist for the end of the transition period, news on the extra cost of healthcare if Ehics end - and answer reader questions on visas, second homes, cards and bank fees.

See more about securing your residency with our coverage on pages 8 and 9, and get updated information online as it is released.

FATCA, French banks and 'accidental Americans' 

A French woman who was born in the US but has lived in France her whole life speaks about the problems she has faced opening and running a bank account in recent years because of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA), which requires French banks to report the assets and identities of any American customers to the US authorities.

Interview on page 7.

Right-to-die activist on her new book 

Connexion talks to Jacqueline Jencquel about her candid autobiography, Terminer en beauté (To finish beautifully), and her decision to postpone the date of her death in Switzerland.

Read her story on page 12.

France's new PM is ‘safe but dull’ and will make Macron shine as 2022 nears

Political commentator Simon Heffer gives his take on the recent government reshuffle. Plus, Samantha David on why she isn't missing the bises in the age of coronavirus, and the British Ambassador to France, Ed Llewellyn, on looking ahead to a brighter future for the UK.

Read more in our comment section on pages 14 and 15.

Readers' questions: How can I get money back if UK-based firm scams me?

What recourse is available for victims?

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

Make sense of... running a gîte in France

Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to find out.

Get guidance for gîte owners on page 19.

Record bac results in no-exams year start university stampede

A record 95.7% of students passed their baccalaureate this year, with results based on continuous assessment and reportedly generous marking to counter the difficulties of an unusual year.

Understand why universities are under pressure on page 20.

I predict you should act now to avoid future French financial woes

Robert Kent, of tax and investment consultancy firm Kentingtons, turns fortune teller - and predicts many Britons are sitting on a financial time bomb.

Learn the problem with financial assumptions - page 20. 

Property in France: Haute-Alpes

We take a look at the property market and life as a second homeowner in Haute-Alpes, on the border with Italy. 

See what your money buys on page 37.


Practical: The pros and cons of saltwater pools

Business: Family planning to restart Bordeaux-Lyon rail service

History: The unknown story of Paris' only 'black' mayor

French law: Why Brexit does not mean you have to make a new will

Interview: 64-year-old adult movie star explains why she has decided to make one more erotic movie

Technology: The pioneering medical robot carrying out cancer surgery in France

Work: We meet Lot lavender farmers