Marie and Yvon Meillarec had the idea to buy an apartment in Portugal because they started hearing it was "the adoption of the earth at the French tax."
"In France, we hear more and more that Portugal is a land of adoption for the French tax level. I confirm that Portugal is fashionable for French retirees and although we were the first in our circle of friends to buy, there must be others to think the same thing, "he told Lusa Marie Meillarec.
The couple, who live in the northwestern Brittany in France, bought an apartment, Wednesday, August 5, and two days later he was in Seixal and comprehensive changes are being "controlled by the Agency," which sold them the property to "deal with finances, electricity and telephone" because they do not speak Portuguese.
Initially, Marie and Yvon hesitated between Barcelona and Lisbon, but "the financial argument" was what convinced them to choose Portugal to spend part of the reform.
"He was the financial argument that convinced us. For we already hold around a few months and then just see. The status [usual non-resident] is very interesting, maybe we come to ask, but for now, we have an adaptation period because we can not leave everything behind for a moment to another, "said French.
Portugal also won because of the "good times", the "right people", cosmopolitan life in Lisbon and just be conquered by an apartment in a gated community in the Bay of Seixal.
"The apartment is over 100 square meters [m2] and have a terrace which also over 100 m2. We have views of Lisbon, is spectacular. To go to Lisbon, we have the boat at 1.50 euros which takes us there in 15 minutes and we are 200 meters from the pier, "describes.
The Story of Marie and Yvon is another that is in addition to many others that have shown the reports in the French press, in which the "Golden reforms" in Portugal have been a recurring theme since the first edition the Real Estate Fair and Portuguese tourism it four years, an event that usually takes place in June in Paris and this year extended to Lyon.
One of the last articles of 6 August and was published in the French newspaper Les Echos writes that Portugal is the "new land of exile for retirees" and "the privileged fate of French pensioners, overtaking Morocco, which suffers the impact of geopolitical problems in North Africa. "
The business daily explains that "out of the crisis, Lisbon in 2012 decided to extend the welcome mat for European pensioners to stimulate domestic consumption" because of the unusual resident status, something that had "impact on public finances French "because" in 2013, France lost more than four million euros in tax revenues due to travel to Portugal. "
In the last room of the property and the Portuguese tourism, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Franco-Portuguese Industry, Vineyards Carlos Pereira, he told Lusa that there are currently "over 7,500 French with unusual resident status [in Portugal], 5600 of which are reformed, "saying that by the end of this year, there are" some twenty thousand French living in Portugal that the Portuguese tax residents. "
The unusual status of resident in Portugal, in force since January 2013, allows any refurbished - the private sector - the European Union tax exemption for ten years from residing in Portugal 183 days a year and has not had tax resident in the country in the past five years.