Expat fears grow on both sides of the Channel

Assurances offered by French president François Hollande have failed to allay concerns among British expatriates in France over their status when the UK leaves the European Union.

Christophe Premat, the MP who represents French citizens living in the UK, has also revealed to The Local– the digital European news network – that he has been inundated with queries from worried French expats over their post-Brexit future.

Last week, after meeting in Paris with Theresa May, Britain’s new PM, Mr Hollande said British expats could continue to work and stay in France for as long as they liked.

“The UK will remain a full member of the EU throughout the negotiations process, so nothing will change for our citizens. After the negotiations, the rules will be set,” the president told a press conference. “There’s no doubt that the French who reside in the UK and the Britons who live in France will continue to work there and spend as much time as they like there.”

Mr Hollande also said that the UK would have to decide either to “remain in the single market and assume the free movement that goes with it, or to have another status”.