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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'Unite against Facism' are protesting at Birmingham International against an anti-Islam rally due to take place today.
More than a hundred people have arrived in Birmingham to take part in an anti-Islam rally by right-wing group Pegida.