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Expatriates and Compatriots

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Monday, October 16, 2006
Paris, France

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Seminar


Living and Investing in France
Real Estate Seminar
December 29, 2006
Chez Jenny, Paris, France

If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or perhaps investing in property in France, this power-packed seminar is a MUST. Hosted by Adrian Leeds, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly e-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for John Howell & Co., International Law Partnership, London, this one day in Paris will put you on the right footing to make it happen!

You will learn how to…

* Invest in Property in France!
* Find Your Dream Apartment in Paris or Home in the Country!
* Buy and Own Property in France!
* Benefit from the Best Offshore Banking in the World!
* How to Obtain a Mortgage!
* Reduce Your Currency Exchange Risk!
* How to Minimize Your Tax and Maximize the Benefits!
* Rent Your French Property for Profit!
* Plus, answer all the rest of your questions during a Q and A panel with the presente

For more information, visit Living and Investing in France Real Estate Seminar or email Schuyler Hoffman, [email protected]


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Sunday morning, Tamara Coleman and I loaded up the taxi with our gear and headed to the Carrousel du Louvre for the second annual Welcome to France fair sponsored by

The fair took place in the space that is part of the extension of the reception area of the Louvre museum, at the hearth of an historic architectural area. “Unearthed by archeologists, the “Charles V complex” reveals the city’s 14th-century ramparts. Conserved in their original position, these walls frame the vast hall now called the ‘Hall Charles V.’ It was these historical elements that dictated the general architectural approach, choice of materials (Burgundy stone, white architectural concrete) and imposing volumes of the Carrousel du Louvre.” (

I’d venture a guess to say that the Expatica fair was virtually double over last year’s first fair — double the number of exhibitors and double the number of attendees. There were double the number of presentations made (in two different arenas), therefore double the information one could walk away with.

It was amazing to see so many Expatriates who spent most of their day there, going from one presentation to the other. In fact, for the price of admission, or if for those who were early-bird enough to get their free ticket in advance, the amount of knowledge one could gain from listening to the presentations alone was worth perhaps thousands of euros. We were lucky enough to have a stand on the edge of one of the speaker’s arenas and could tune in to Olivier Magny’s Wine Tasting presentation (plus partake of a glass of wine!) or to Marguerite Foucher’s demonstration of Hands-On French Cooking.

In another space were more serious presentations — about immigration, tax, property, business and more. John Howell of the International Law Partnership and co-sponsor of the Living and Investing in France Conferences and Seminars, spoke about setting up the structure of your real estate purchase to minimize French inheritance tax. I followed by explaining how to get financing for your dream home in France.

We saw lots of old friends and made many new friends. For both the attendees and exhibitors, it was a perfect opportunity to get to know the community and all the resources open to it. One thing for sure…the community is large, strong and growing, evident by the response to this new venue for exchange. Expatica, we applaud you.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. Special thanks to all of you who stopped by our stand to say hello and chat or ask questions. For those who didn’t make it, we are still available by email to phone to help you navigate through the maze of bureaucracy to make your home in France. Our next Seminar is this coming December 29th or come talk to me in a one-on-one session to get you on the right footing.

Peace of mind for your Paris pied-à-terre…


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Two Ways to Avoid and Reduce French Inheritance Tax
By Adrian Leeds


This Week in French Property Insider…

Inheritance laws in France determine who will inherit your estate and in what proportions. These laws prohibit you from leaving your assets to the beneficiaries of your choice and in the proportions you may wish. This can be especially disadvantageous to surviving spouses, however, the more closely related you are to the beneficiaries, the less tax will be ultimately paid on the inheritanceFPI Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France. French Property Insider is an e-mail newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. Learn all the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get every week.


Right now, get the FREE 10-page report “17 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Moved to Paris”… By Adrian Leeds when you subscribe for two years to French Property Insider! Plus, save 20% off the regular subscription price! Offer expires October 31, 2006.

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The History of Paris, France and People of Color…


Excerpt from Insider Guide to Black Paris
By Melinda Herron

During the World War II, Black U.S. servicemen played crucial roles in liberating France, taking part in the Normandy invasions and the Battle of the Bulge. There were other people of color on the fronts too: approximately 200,000 troops from Africa and Madagascar were called to fight the enemy and help “defend the Empire” in battles where 20,000 lost their lives. Once the German-occupied capital was freed, several hundred Black (and White) American veterans took advantage of the GI Bill benefits and pursued their education there. In 1950, Romare Bearden (“Opening at the Savoy,” “Watching the Trains Go By”) enrolled at the Sorbonne, where he studied philosophy. A second wave of Black American artists, writers, journalists and intellectuals arrived and settled in the post-war years, up through the Sixties and Seventies, but this time the center of activity was on the Left Bank, in the Latin Quarter… For more fascinating historic details, see the guide….

Get your copy of Insider Guide to Black Paris now.

Perfect your French!


Now is an excellent time to brush up on your French. With a subscription to Champs-Elysées monthly audio magazines you’ll never run out of interesting and authentic cultural audio material and you’ll soon find that your language skills have moved from good to near perfect! Available worldwide, visit:

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Parler Paris Apartments offers high quality accommodations to make your stay in the City of Light as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We at Parler Paris know each and every apartment owner or manager personally, and stand behind the quality of those we represent. We understand your needs and desires, all the small details that make a rental apartment a warm and welcoming home – and a much better alternative to an impersonal hotel!

Parler Paris Apartments is administered and serviced by the same great team as Parler Paris, French Property Insider and French Property Consultation. You can trust that Parler Paris Apartments and all those with whom it is associated will do their best for your 100% guaranteed satisfaction.

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Parler Paris Après Midi

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris:

The next gathering is November 14, 2006

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.


New Tuesday Location at the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily. Meets three times a week — come as often as you like!

* Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003
3rd arrondissement, Paris
Métro Temple, République or Arts et Métier

* Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
* Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel, Pont Neuf


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