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REASONS TO MOVE TO FRANCE


By the way, as an antidote to what follows, if you read the Comments sections you will get some very strong reasons not to move to France. Click here to have a look.


If you were to notionally divide your plans to buy a French property and move to France into two “boxes”, a “reality” box and a “dream” box, then this is the “dream” box:

  • The weather.
  • The food. However, as you will see from some of the comments that follow, French food is not necessarily as good as it’s made out to be.
  • The pace of life.
  • French property is cheap, but not as cheap as it was.
  • Beautiful countryside.
  • Good state education (although this is (i) about to undergo major changes and (ii) open to debate as in senior school it tends to favour more able students).
  • Good state healthcare.
  • Low levels of crime (in most places).
  • Roads that are well made, well maintained and not too busy – except around Paris on a Friday afternoon. 
  • Lots of outdoor activities, skiing, hiking, camping, gliding, para-gliding, hang-gliding, beach activities, tennis, golf and so on.
  • Many French people are very polite and have what the British might consider a formal old-world charm about them. 

I take the view that the reasons to move to France are well known and there is no need to go into them in detail. 

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