“France today projects a sorry picture of a stagnant nation where little has changed since the 1970s, a country in dire need of a policy update” ( News 24 article).
More than 40 years ago, eminent French sociologist Michel Crozier summarised a diagnosis of what he believed was France’s main malady. “Society does not change by decree,” he noted in his 1971 book, “Society Blocked” (La Société bloquée). Crozier proceeded to roundly denounce the archaic nature of the French administration and the inability of the politicians to reform the country at a time of great upheaval.
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If anything sets alarm bells off in your head about moving to France, then the fact that SurviveFrance.com has set up a support line should be setting them off loudly and clearly.
Having said that, while I am tempted to say that France is to blame here, I think this would be misleading. Putting on my seasoned traveller hat (I’ve lived in more than 20 cities in quite a few countries) I can say this is not just a symptom of France, it is true for anyone who moves abroad and leaves behind what they know and love, regardless of where they move.
Survive France says “Many people who make the move to France will at some point experience feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress and for some these feeling can become overwhelming. Often with little or no support network from family or friends it’s easy to find yourself in a situation that can seem insurmountable.
“Bereavements, financial difficulties, relationship problems, health issues and isolation can all be tipping points for those already feeling the strain of surviving in a foreign country. There are many SFN members who have already given their time, whether it be by telephone or in person, to provide some form of assistance to those who need it. Sometimes a sympathetic ear is all that’s required to turn a situation around or just brighten someone’s day.
“At Survive France Network we have a dozen or so members who are available to lend an ear. They are not professionally trained and any advice offered is done so on a friendly basis only”.
I think if you find yourself in this situation there is no shame in getting help and I’m sure these people will be a godsend when it all becomes too much.
John Martin Bradley
Don’t Move to France is sponsored by AFRICANHUSKY.COM a story about a man raising two kids with the enthusiastic support and unbounding love of a street dog.
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Comment voulez-vous gouverner un pays qui a deux cent quarante-six variétés de fromage?
How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?
Les Mots du Général, Ernest Mignon, 1962
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There is a very interesting thread going on in www.survivefrance.com at the moment on the theme of IN HINDSIGHT WAS FRANCE THE RIGHT MOVE? http://www.survivefrance.com/forum/topics/in-hindsight-was-france-the-right-move Some of the comments speak for themselves, although there seems to be some censorship of a person who is particularly outspoken on the matter.
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An interesting read abut the success of the film Demain – from the New York Times (click on the image to see the article in full):
… This frustration helps explain the unlikely success of “Demain,” or “Tomorrow,” a French documentary. Since its release in December, the film has drawn almost one million viewers — unheard-of figures at the box office in a category in which movies rarely top ticket sales of 50,000.
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If you MUST move to France, then this map is an indispensable tool for choosing where to live. It shows the concentration of bars and cafes by region. Best of luck 😀
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