French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

A votre santé! – French healthcare

The good news for all of you dreaming of moving to France is that the French healthcare is amongst the best in the world.  Although it might work slightly differently to the healthcare system that you are used to, it is easy to navigate once you understand it – and we some useful advice!

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All French residents have access to the state healthcare system but the state doesn’t always pay all the costs of any medical treatment. The level of reimbursement depends on your status and situation. This is where forward planning comes in. The first thing that will be taken into account is whether you have paid into the system in any way. So the first crucial question is, where are you deemed resident? The answer to this question and other details about your status will determine that you are entitled to.

Have a look at our online guide, or turn to page 43 of our magazine to read a fuller article.

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Manchester, here we come!

It’s now only a month to go until A Place of the Sun’s Manchester show – a huge event that is likely to attract over 7,000 people on 11-13th March.


Last year the interest at this new venue for the biggest property show exhibition in Europe took everyone by surprise. Again, at The National they are offering over 150 exhibitors with a large tranche dedicated to the French Village where we will be holding free seminars on every aspect of buying and living in France. These include how to pick an area, tax, healthcare, inheritance planning and running a business over there. On top of that you can chat to any of the team about anything.

Do come and see us – click here for your free ticket.

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Chamonix pads to shout about

The dual-season town of Chamonix is growing in popularity every year and we are delighted to offer exclusively a rare new project that is likely to be snapped up. Located in Chamonix’s most exclusive residential area, Les Praz de Chamonix, La Cordée will offer 80 freehold apartments, priced from €365,000.


On the site of an old hotel in a fabulous and peaceful location, this high-end, fully managed development will be just a five-minute walk from the ski lift and the golf club. Some of the units will be penthouses with private lift access, and all will offer “staggering” views.


“The true joy of La Cordée is its 360 degree panorama – and with the best of French Alpine scenery and Mt Blanc as a backdrop,” says Leggett Chairman Trevor Leggett. Chamonix’s appeal to international buyers is helped by its easy access to Geneva (one hour) and its superb shopping and restaurant scene in recent years.

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Record interest at The France Show

The spring show season kicked off with a bang – but we didn’t really expect anything less! – with The France Show at London Olympia last month.  Of course the Leggett stand was one of the star attractions and our team met with clients and friends from all over the UK and took a record number of leads as the British love affair with French property shows no signs of abating.



We took the opportunity to launch a superb new development in Chamonix where we are sole agents (see below) and we also launched the beta version of the new Leggett App.  You will be able to download it yourself from the iTunes store once the beta test is complete.  The app will give you access to our portfolio of over 14,000 properties throughout France.


Meanwhile our seminars were so popular they were standing room only and visitors flocked to our stand afterwards to pick the brains of our team who all live and work in France and are “living the dream”. Next up is the show team’s busy calendar is “Second Home Expo” in Ghent, Belgium.

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Festival time on the Cote D’Azur

With the end of another winter drawing nearer, we are in the mood to celebrate the joys of spring. On the Cote D’Azur the Nice Carnival and the Menton Lemon Festival draw millions of happy sun-seekers to enjoy the fun. We have cherry-picked three beautiful homes close by…

This fabulous four-bedroom character house in the historic hilltop town of Gorbio enjoys sea views and is within easy reach of Nice and Monaco


This is a cracking and well-priced two-bed apartment close to the prime location of Nice, the Promenade de Anglais


This is a beautifully renovated, spacious two-bed apartment in Nice is located in one of those elegant period buildings that are so sought-after


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