Expatriates with international health insurance who are considering relocating abroad to France ought to speak to someone who specialises in the country's law before buying any houses.
This is according to Leapfrog-properties.com managing director Niclas Dowlatshahi, who said many different methods of purchasing property have alternative implications regarding inheritance tax.
Furthermore, the expert claimed notaire fees will also have to be paid, with these around three per cent for a new build property and around eight per cent for resales that are over five years old.
Everyone can buy French buildings so there are not any "particular legal considerations to consider", he added.
According to the US Department of State, France has a metropolitan population of around 63.1 million and the majority (51 per cent) of its inhabitants are Roman Catholic, a poll in January 2007 indicated.
A further 31 per cent stated they have no affiliation with any particular religion.
The government body noted its climate is temperate and its terrain is varied.
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