Financial foolishness worthy of poisson d’avril

To mark April Fools’ Day (le poisson d’avril), Connexion asked if I would write about the foolish mistakes people make when it comes to their finances in France. At the time, I could not think of what to write, but agreed anyway.

 After 10 minutes’ brainstorming, I had a three-page list and realised that I really could write a book about this (maybe when I retire).

 Merely sharing this list, however, would be dull, so instead here’s my pick of four of my favourite stories (altered to protect identities, of course).

 

1. Not opening their mail or answering their phone. Amazingly, some people move to France, denying that people speak French here. You may not think this causes financial issues but...

I visited someone who had been in France for almost four years. He seemed anxious, having never done anything administrative.

He said that whenever he got a phone call in French, he apologised that he did not understand, in English, and hung ...

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