Back in November I wrote up a short summary of the France/US FATCA IGA. This was a layperson's take on it - I am not a lawyer or an international tax expert. Just someone who has been swimming in the FATCA-infested waters for a few years now.
Luckily for you (and for me) there are people with that kind of knowledge and talent out there sharing their expertise and trying to help people make sense of it all. Professor Allison Christians of McGill University is one ( Tax, Society and Culture). Phil Hodgen is another (Phil Hodgen's Blog) .
To that distinguished list I would like to add John Fredenberger and Tim Ramier - two American attorneys who practice here in France. John, apparently, has been practicing law here in the Hexagon for over 40 years. Impressed? Me, too.
Earlier this month these two held a seminar here in Paris on FATCA and Inheritance in France. From what I hear this is an annual AARO event. I went and I can tell you that it was well worth the time. It was not just the talks but the Q & A that made it so valuable. If you live in the Paris area, I'd strong encourage you to attend next year.
AARO has very kindly put the videos of the seminar up on their website. The first is John talking about FATCA and the French IGA - F.A.T.C.A.: French-American Treaty Calms Americans or French-American Treaty Causes Alarm? The second is Tim talking about Surviving Death in France as a US Citizen and how it works when you have two countries keenly interested in your estate.
Here is the link: FATCA Update and French Inheritance Law
John Fredenberger and Tim Ramier are members of the board of AARO (the Association of Americans Resident Overseas). Full disclosure here - so am I. I joined very recently and it has been a learning experience - not just the scope of issues facing American abroad today but also the collective knowledge this organization possesses going back 40 years. If you have a question about Americans abroad and the issues we've faced in the past and the present, chances are excellent that someone in AARO has the answer.