Christopher Edwards has told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that when he and his wife went to France last year they never intended to "hide there forever" and that they "could not sustain things anymore".
He says that they eventually returned to the UK because they had run out of money.
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Fine and dry this evening and overnight with showers on Sunday afternoon.
Warm sunny spells through the evening, followed by dry conditions throughout the night.