Moved over in 2005 and have seen several changes in the area of the Allier we live in.
The waiting times for appointments at the hospitals here have increased substantially.
The price of goods and food has risen but that would be expected.
The move to electronic payment of taxes etc. has been a big change and would be great if were not for the fact they have issued me with 2 different fiscal numbers which makes it almost impossible for me to use the system properly and the Tax authorities seems totally incapable of sorting it out.
In the towns, there seems to be a large increase in the number of young people who follow the fashion trends and wear hoodies, jeans around their ankles with designed label underwear on show and ride mountain bikes everywhere.
There are far more French people speaking English, it is as though it has become very fashionable to speak English here… not a bad thing.
The number of small shops closing has risen dramatically but on the other side of the coin the number of large businesses has risen with new buildings going up at a fast rate although most of these seem to be re-location from inside the town to the new large business parks that are opening.
There are other small changes but the one I was hoping to witness in all these years but has yet to appear, is the ability of the couriers to be able to find our address and deliver a parcel on time, because even when given the GPS co-ordinates this seems an impossible task for them. I can only pray that one day parcels will start appearing from the sky, carried by a drone that knows how to read the map coordinates it has been provided….