How a French Dream Became a Nightmare


“As life over here gets harder, more and more recession-hit couples are leaving Britain in search of a fresh start in rural France. But, warns Samantha Brick, the reality is very different from the stress-free fantasy – and it’s often a passport to divorce …”

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Article by Samantha Brick, The Daily Mail, 14 April 2012

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Read the comments sections to see what people really think about France once they have moved there.

An antidote to the “House in the Sun” hype. If you are thinking of moving to France, you will quite probably find this site very illuminating.

More than twelve years ago I posted this site and as you can imagine, in that time, I have received a lot of very interesting responses.  Some for, but many against.  It makes startling reading for those thinking of moving to France to live.

‘Lambs to the slaughter: “The harsh reality, soon
blows those dreams away…”’

If you know someone who is thinking about moving to France, they will thank you many times over for telling them about Don’t Move to France.

“You have a thought provoking site, which I wish I had read before we moved here”.

The site is written from the perspective of a Brit with British people in mind; however, having said that, most of the content could be useful and illuminating regardless of where you are from.  Over the years I have received input from people from Britain, Ireland, Holland, Sweden, the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and even, heaven forbid!!!, a handful of French people (ranging from the indignant and outraged to those in total agreement – more of the latter I hasten to add).

“I have taught in French schools and have seen first hand what goes on! … one thing for sure … we will not put our children through secondary education in France …”


Having said all that, please have a look at my book Travels with an African Husky. If you are thinking of moving, it might just inspire you to get going:


“I have just finished your book and can honestly say it’s been one of the best I’ve ever read! I was captivated from the start and found it hard to put down … 
I found myself crying and smiling, sometimes laughing, you have a great talent in engaging the reader with your stories and painting pictures with your words.
Brigette B.
“I couldn’t stop reading once I started. Heartbreaking, heartwarming, sad and funny”. Viveca L.
“Once I started I couldn’t put it down … I loved the stories of your travels … and your sense of humor. I honestly enjoyed your book and in my opinion everyone else is going to as well. I must say I did not get much done at work as I kept sneaking a page or five …”. Amanda B.

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Don’t Move to France

Welcome to Don’t Move to France. Please feel welcome to add your thoughts and comments, or to email me directly JohnMartinBradley at (close up the gaps and replace at with @ etc. etc.).

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