Some months ago this newspaper feature was sent to me via a French friend. He was shocked by the write-up. I’m not quite sure if he was concerned, disbelieving or both. But he was definitely surprised.
In my own experience, single life in France can be very difficult. I know these challenges are not restricted to women, but I’ve had my share of ‘the only way is back to Blighty' moments - sometimes being alone and female has been really tough.
Evidently my French friend wasn’t the only one to take note of this article (above) about the “pauvres petites anglaises”.
A journalist for French TV is now compiling a documentary about British women that have chosen to live in France, but would like to hear some more positive stories from those that embrace their new life here – even if they have perhaps endured some less-than-brilliant circumstances. (Or if it's really as bad as described - he asks why do people stay?)
Of course this is a personal and sensitive subject and not everyone would want to share their experiences, but it’s certainly uplifting to hear some positive news for a change.
If you are currently single and reading this post and if you are happy to talk about your experience or decision to stay living in France, please email Frédéric Couderc.