RECENTLY newspaper articles, forum posts and the comment sections of This French Life have featured the experiences of people who have seen their incomes tumble as the value of sterling weakens.
Here regular contributor to the site, Coral Luke, writes about how currency fluctuations have impacted upon her family's life.
Coral highlights the fact that many people are on a fixed income, the ongoing fight for entitlement to UK benefits and when newspapers write that Brits are heading home, for many France is their home.
In 2004 we moved to France permanently and have since moved closer to town but in two years we were able to reap around €60,000 profit when we sold the first house.
The house we live in now is our home, which we share with our daughter and grandchildren. We are all completely settled here with the children doing well at school and we are integrated into the community.
I am on the committee of our Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture (MJC), which provides activities and events for children and adults, we are involved in arts groups, have friends of various nationalities and enjoy our life in a very beautiful and historic area of France.
We live in a village north of Dijon in Burgundy near to the Burgundy canal and surrounding by farmland and forest. We feel privileged to be here but over the last few months things have become more difficult financially.
Having both taken early retirement my husband and I receive long term Incapacity Benefit plus my Civil Service pension and my husband's local government pension.
Both the pensions and Incapacity Benefit are paid in sterling and while we are covered by the double taxation agreement which means our Incapacity Benefit is taxed in France our pensions are taxed in the UK.
When we bought our present house we estimate the exchange rate was €1.50 to the pound, today we see that it is €1.00 = £0.976169.
Our Incapacity Benefit is paid directly into our French bank account, only a few months ago we could expect to receive €440 but the last notice of payment showed only €397 and after seeing the rate of exchange today things are not looking to be better on the next payment.
Some UK pensioners are feeling the pinch and have become eligible for l'allocation de solidarité aux personnes âgées or aspa, which is a payment for older people with an income of no more than €648.43 a month for a single person and €1,135.78 for a couple.
We don't and never have lived extravagantly but with the rising prices in shops we have had to make cut backs. A lot of our neighbours grow their own vegetables, now more are ploughing up their gardens to be more self sufficient.
There has been much talk of expatriates selling up and heading back to the UK. We have only heard of two couples who are planning to do so. For us this is not an option; for several reasons.
In the present climate we would not be able to sell our house and recoup the price we paid for it. Moving back to the UK would not allow us to buy in the area we originate from, Sussex, and where our family lives.
I am on medication and receiving treatment for the strokes I have had and rheumatoid arthritis. I receive a high level of care in France and if I went back to the UK I am not sure what sort of care I would receive and it could take up to six months to get back into the system there.
For those Brits, like us, who moved abroad because they like the country of choice and have taken the trouble to integrate and learn the language still pay tax in the UK and live on the same income as they would if they had stayed in Briton.
However, there are still benefits we are not entitled to. At the present time, although sanctioned by the European court of Justice in 2007 as being exportable, benefits such as Disabled Living Allowance, Carer's Allowance and Attendance Allowance are still not available to expatriates (see Fight to reinstate benefits from UK).
This is despite, in many cases, having paid into the British system.
The UK Parliament is still considering the implications for those wanting to claim from abroad. When a decision is made it will be published on the DWP website.
Read how I save when transferring money 💶
Visit This French Life Currency Services to find out why I don't use a bank when I send euros to France.
Hire a car in France - deals, advice and driving tips
Be it Paris or Perigueux; Bergerac or Nice after using the services of partner website autoeurope.co.uk you will soon be zipping along the autoroute.
Books on France - reviews and author interviews
Take a browse over these books about France and read some reviews and interviews.