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Consular staff will be present at The France Show in London to meet British Nationals considering a move or trip to France.
The British Embassy in France will be present for the second year running at The France Show, to meet British Nationals considering a move or trip to France. Consular staff from the Embassy and from the Consulates will be on hand to give advice on preparing for expatriation and to make sure that visitors are aware of what they need to think about before they arrive.
Ruth Stannard, Director of Consular Services for France, will also be giving presentations to encourage future French residents to make the effort to integrate into French society – the first step towards a happy and successful life in France.
Last January at the France Show we met many hundreds of people, some of whom were unaware of basic points that they should consider before travelling to a foreign country. We were able to discuss this with them and help them to think about the right matters before they go. So I’m very pleased that we are again attending the Show and helping people access the information that they should know before they go.
We also expect to speak to many British Nationals planning on a holiday in France. We have specific advice for them, including the necessity of obtaining a European Health Insurance card and of taking out comprehensive travel insurance. This is especially important this year, as we expect many extra travellers in connection with the commemorations of the 60th anniversary of D-Day and the Centenary of the start of World War One.
My colleagues and I are hoping for many visitors at our booth – please come and say hello!
Notes to editors
The Consular Services of the British Embassy in Paris and the Consulates in Bordeaux and Marseille provide help and support for British nationals in France. There are around 17 million visits to France by British nationals every year and we estimate that around 400,000 British nationals live and work in France for all or part of the year. The vast majority of trips to France are trouble-free. 1,358 British nationals required consular assistance in France in the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 for the following types of incident: 820 deaths, 211 hospitalisations and 130 arrests for a variety of offences. For more information on our role and actions, please visit our pages on GOV.UK.
The France Show, billed as the UK’s largest event dedicated to France, will run from 17 to 19 January 2014 at Earls Court in London. Consular staff will be manning booth L169 on all three days. Full information on tickets and access is available from the event’s website.
We have published information about living in France on our website. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also produced a leaflet giving top tips for British Nationals moving abroad.