You never know LA, the earnings threshold may have changed by the time you wanted to come back! Currently all cases which would be refused because of the earnings threshold are 'on hold'..Daffodil - I am registered self-employed in the UK and pay all relevant taxes. I think as a freelancer I need to speak with a French attorney and register somehow.
I imagine that as long as I register and can prove that I have been resident in France and earned money during that period and can show them my books I should be OK.
My main concern is that they close the door before we get through. It's not the end of the world, but it would mean rethinking our plans. It might mean that we live in France longer than we would like - even years - and that I find any job I can in the UK in order to meet the income requirements for going the UK visa route if we still want to be close to my family.
Funnily enough, living in France for an extended period wouldn't bother me. The main issue would be missing my niece and nephew grow up over here.