I received the letter yesterday from the Prefecture. I have 30 days to exit France. A copy has been sent to the Maire and the Gendarme. I am an American, on a CDI, and own a French home. I have done nothing wrong, but my husband's Visa request to be self-employed was declined and they are now asking me to leave as well.
It has been a horrific 90-days to get to this point of knowing my fate. Perhaps a horrific 18 months since we started this journey. One of miscommunication, errors and outright hostility. Even if I could appeal the ruling, my employer is so frustrated with the process they are moving my job to the UK. My only hope is that my Avocat can buy me a little more time.
So, now I have 30 days to move myself, two dogs, and everything I own. I don't even know where to go. I don't have a home or family to return to in the US. With the speed of things in France, I doubt I could even get a moving quote that quickly. Do I leave everything behind and hope it's still here in three months when I can return legally?
I'm not looking for sympathy. I've already come to terms with what I have to deal with. The financial and emotional cost has been huge - but that is what happens when one is naive and has a dream.
I guess my message is, if you are an EU citizen and you have the legal right to move to France rejoice in how lucky you are. Even after all the pain of this experience, I still believe I am sitting (for the next 29 days) in the most beautiful place in the world. And if you are not an EU citizen, be very careful in the decisions you make. Do not assume because you are a stable person with a French employer and adequate financial means that you will be welcomed in France.
Any advice on a quick exit for myself, my two dogs, and everything I own is gratefully accepted. You've all been very kind and supportive during my time here. Wouldn't have 'survived' this long without you.