UK homeowners in France watched 'house prices soar more than 70 percent'

Somewhere around 200,000 Brits are thought to live in France hoping to find the French dream. The lives of a handful of those who have swapped the UK for la République are followed in tonight’s ‘Allo Allo! Brits in France’. The Channel 5 series will this evening see Elaine and Andrew search for their dream home and a new life in France after selling up in the UK.

Meanwhile, Steph attempts to persuade the local mayor to let her paint the shutters on her new home the same colour pink as her hair, and it is opening day at Les Roches, a very British restaurant in rural France

France has long since been an attractive location for Brits, especially the south of the country.

A warm clime and laidback lifestyle, paired with easy access to the UK has lured thousands.

And Brits in France may soon have yet another thing to shout about from the rooftops.

Earlier this year, Brits living in France and elsewhere around the EU faced potentially losing local healthcare, employment and other rights if they failed to apply to remain resident.

The deadline was moved from the initial date of June 30th to September 30th.

French authorities later confirmed that Brits had until October 4th before the portal closed.

A press release issued earlier this month by Welcome to France, which is the French government website designed to guide the non-French through the various steps required for expatriation to France, read: “British citizens who settled in France before January 1, 2021, and their family members who benefit from the agreement of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union still have a few days to apply for their residence permit.”

A report released in June by the British Embassy in Paris revealed that 162,000 applications had been received by French authorities.

The new permit became compulsory on October 1.

French and UK officials admit that because France does not require EU nationals to register, the true number of Britons living in the country may be much higher.

They are also much harder to contact than in countries such as the Netherlands, with pre-Brexit EU registration schemes.

Before Brexit, UK nationals had an automatic right to live, work, study and retire in another EU member state.

But those free movement rights were discarded with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the EU.

Allo Allo! Brits in France airs at 10pm on Channel 5.

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