Expatriates and Compatriots
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 Expatica.com.
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.” (http://www.ParisExpo.fr)
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…
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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.