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France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

Single income Family of 5, will we be much worse off living in France/ Haute Savoie rather than Vaud (environs Montreux).Is it worth considering going over the border. (We are english Brexit refugees!). I'm getting fed up with trying to close the deal on suitable accommodation in Switzerland. France would at least save my 12 year old from the swiss streaming process in education as she already suffered that once with the UK 11+......

Bloomin' husbands too busy at work to help with the decision....

Decisions, decisions....
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Old 10.08.2016, 11:21
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Bloomin' husbands too busy at work to help with the decision....


You have more than one husband? :-)


Check the Forum, there are several posts on advantages and disadvantages of living in France and working in Switzerland.
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

I wish....

or

Oops, ones bad enough!

Thank you for the reply just wanted an up to date straw poll......
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

i don't think you will be much better off or worse with either option.
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

One salary, family of 5, will do very well under the French tax system. Add to that the much lower cost-of-living on the French side of the border, and it looks like a no-brainer to me.
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

But presumably hubby will have a longer commute to work which may not go down well, especially if the crossing point gets gummed up regularly - Vallorbe through to Pontarliar for example is usually very slow moving during rush hours. And in winter might need snow chains.

How big is your property search area at the moment? And rather than going up maybe consider going around - the lake that is. You can be in France that way too you know.
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

Hubby just need the airport twice a week as he's all over continental Europe but employed out of Geneva. I don't dislike the Swiss lifestyle and have 10 years of experience in France (several moons ago), practical, lifestyle pros and cons all balance out imho so it will come down to whether it makes a big financial impact or not with a few educational considerations thrown in for good measure. Might not be a bad idea to get a foothold in France now with Brexit looming.....just a thought.
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

Ahhhh, Frank Zappa, as a long term lurker on here I am thrilled that you have joined the conversation. Thank you.

Husband can take the train twice a week, Monday evening and Thursday evening...???
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Old 10.08.2016, 13:25
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

Oops, I just deleted my message that Ms. Crisp comments on. I thought the job was in Montreux, whereas it's in Geneva... More appropriate remarks coming up....
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Hubby just need the airport twice a week as he's all over continental Europe but employed out of Geneva. I don't dislike the Swiss lifestyle and have 10 years of experience in France (several moons ago), practical, lifestyle pros and cons all balance out imho so it will come down to whether it makes a big financial impact or not with a few educational considerations thrown in for good measure. Might not be a bad idea to get a foothold in France now with Brexit looming.....just a thought.
Why on earth are you looking out Montreux way then? Much better to be looking at Nyon, Morges and villages in the hills above possibly.
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

We only had 3 days to decide due to too many commitments elsewhere and following a whistle stop tour were most taken with the area around Montreux plus we were swayed by available rental property.

Coming from a two centred life in Einsiedeln near Zurich and deepest darkest Lincolnshire in the UK inconvenient locations don't phase us much.

Husbands work has been all over the world for the last 15years so for us there is no such thing as convenient.
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

So Montreux was just your idea for somewhere to live, not where the job is, correct? If the job is in Geneva, many of my previous posts are relevant.

However, the post-Brexit part does pose a potential problem. I live in France and work in Switzerland as a UK citizen, under the bilateral EU-Swiss agreements. If Brexit happens, where does that leave you? (I'll become French, due to French wife and 25 years residence). Nobody knows...
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

Yep, Montreux just took our fancy.
Brexit does pose a potential problem for the future. Although I do have several buddies living in France (on not the same sure footing as you) and we all assume that they will not be thrown out but may face a few extra administrative complications.... Much the same as our Eastern European friends in the UK. But who knows what the future holds.

We've been a European family with a Europewide life for a very long time and imagine our horror finding ourselves in one of the UK regions where anti EU feelings turned out to be highest. Thus one of our reasons for switching from the 2 centered life and bringing the kids, dog and whole shebang over here.
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Re: France or Vaud, again... One simple question...

If your husband only needs access to Geneva airport twice a week (assuming that's once going, once coming back) then being across the border in France might make sense, especially if you feel your daughter would be happy in the French education system (in which case she presumably speaks french).
If she doesn't and you need to find her an english- language secondary school then I think there's been mention of that in previous threads, try looking in the search function. Possibly there's one on that side but I'm not positive, my own children went through the local swiss system.
The Ferney-Voltaire side is probably your best bet, road access is reasonably if you can avoid rush-hour, and there's a regular bus service from most villages into Geneva, and the airport has a separate entrance on the french side so your husband wouldn't need to enter Switzerland at all when catching his 'plane..
South of Geneva the landscape is arguably prettier but is definitely less well supplied with things like doctors, schools and shops.... unless you are happy living as far out as FZ that is.

From an income point of view, with three children it's my understanding that you'd be better off in France, the dependents allowances are quite generous.
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