France has become an increasingly popular destination for the thousands of expat brits that decide to escape our shores for the sunnier, more relaxed and carefree lifestyle overseas. This beautiful country has so much to offer like breathtaking sights and scenery, a divine range of culinary delights and a slower pace to life. Whether you are toying with the idea of moving to France for a new job, a fresh French start with your family or to reap the benefits of a relaxing mediterranean retirement, the decision to emigrate is big and is not one to be made without due thought and careful consideration. To help you with your decision making we’ve put together the 11 reasons you should join the 20,000 other Brits that move to France each year.
- French Food is simply amazing!
French cuisine is simply one of the best in the world. With a huge variety of scrumptious foods available that are of the finest quality, food enthusiasts will be in heaven in France! From buttery croissants that melt in your mouth to opulent 6 course tasting menus in Michelin starred restaurants, there’s something for everyone with the cuisine in France. The iconic baguettes are sold from every bakery and make the perfect accompaniment to the rich array of French cheeses. The great thing about french food is that there’s something for everyone, whether you have a sweet tooth or a savoury one, you are bound to feel like you’re in heaven with the food in France.
- Work to live instead of living to work!
France adopted a more relaxed approach to work in recent years with the introduction of labour laws which means the standard working week is 35 hours. Furthermore, any work above the 35 hour threshold is classed as overtime and must be paid. Combine this with the 13 bank holidays and generous 5 weeks of paid leave a year and you have a very attractive place to work. The French believe in traditional values and having enough time to spend with friends and family is a big part of that. People will find the pace of life in France in general to be much slower than the hustle and bustle of city living in England. The government in France is also great at lending a hand to families that are in need with one of the most progressive benefits systems in the world. Some families receive up to 240 euros each month to help out will bills so that they won’t fall behind with payments.
- Endless lists of things to see and do in your free time.
France is a beautiful country that is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. From the crisp white mountainous landscapes of the Alps to the clear turquoise waters and sandy beaches of the French Riviera, you have access to some of the most diverse and beautiful scenery around. Public transport and intercity travel in France is first class making it easy to get from place to place and see all this wonderful country has to offer. Whether you want to go from Paris to Montpellier on the train or to one of France’s more rural areas, the public transport is efficient and most importantly, cheap!
- Family comes first.
France is considered a great place for raising children due to its high regard for spending quality time with loved ones. Meal times are generally longer in France and are always spent with the whole family. Schools in France are of a superb quality with French schools seeing some of the best results due to their easy going but firm ethics that work to ensure that each child gets the most out of education. Childcare is also cheaper in France with the state heavily subsidising carers for younger children, giving parents that much needed helping hand when they can’t be around.
- Bask in the sunshine with France’s splendid Mediterranean climate.
France does not experience scorching temperatures across the whole country but in general the weather is warmer than on British shores. This is probably one of the biggest factors as to why so many Brits move there each year! The warm Mediterranean south coastal region of France experiences the hottest temperatures with the mercury rarely dropping below 30 degrees from May to September. Compare that with the Alps where temperatures get well below freezing and produce many feet of snow that cover the mountains year round.
- France is home to many fashionista’s (Oo la la!)
One of the most famous things about France and Paris in particular is the world class fashion scene. If you are someone with a passion for fashion, Paris would be one of the best places for you to visit and live. When you walk down some of the streets in Paris you will know you are in one of the fashion capitals of the world and there won’t be a onesie or scruffy t-shirt in sight!
- Comparatively low crime rate to the UK
Crime levels in France are in general lower than that of the UK. One thing to keep in mind is that crime rates vary largely between rural and city living and it’s always worth checking specific areas before you move there. No doubt the relaxed lifestyle of many french people contributes to the overall lower rates in crime.
- You can climb up the Eiffel Tower anytime you like!
Ok, France does have more to offer than just the Eiffel Tower but wouldn’t you like the option of climbing it on your doorstep? Built for the Worlds Fair in 1889 the Eiffel Tower still provides the
best vantage point from which to gaze over one of the worlds greatest cities. Once considered an eyesore by Parisians, it’s hard to imagine the Paris skyline without it. There’s plenty of other things to do and see in Paris when you move there though. The capital boasts some of the best art galleries and museums in the world with the Louvre alone being able to take up to a week to fully explore.
- You can buy the best wine for cheap prices.
For those who consider themselves somewhat of a sommelier, France has to be the number one world destination for you. It’s rich array of world class wines will be sure to keep you going back for more. Furthermore, the wines in France are a fraction of the price that we pay for them here in the UK. The main reason for this is that up to 75% of a bottle of wine in the UK is tax, meaning a lot comes off the price when sold in France where it is produced. Exploring the wine industry in France will uncover some true gems such as Briquette which was the first real sparkling wine.