Under the change in the rules, which is due to take effect on September 30, anyone under British retirement age and not working will lose their right to French state healthcare once they have lived in the country for two years. Those over retirement age are unaffected. About 6,000 Britons a year will be hit and potentially as many as 100,000 early retirees who have lived in France for more than two years.
Now I wonder what healthcare provision we have for the 250,000 French passport holders who live in the UK. Complete and all encompassing, I suspect. I think a bit of gunboat diplomacy from Mr Miliband is called for, don't you? Or perhaps we should deploy Alan Johnson. He's far less diplomatic.