As Spock said ....... " Remember "
I am afraid to say that due to the French Property Magazine(s) "glamourising" France up, the reality is much different. Removal men we know have never been more busy bringing people back from France. We're selling. After 10 years of S h one tee - as I type this we have a British worker doing exactly as we want the English way, to tart our house up. After numerous burglaries and siphoning off of our cars and heating fuel, thieving, and general gallic masturbation of the Reglementation, we have had enough. We spoke degree level French, even employed and gave the French business, but at the end of the day the main problem with France is the French. If you've got values, fairness, decency, then you will be out of place in France. We were.
They are also extremely illiterate, unhealthy on the smoking and drinking front, and had the temerity to tell us that we had no rights, when we have exactly the same apart from voting for the President. Sadly, France is now an arabic country, and we all know what that means. Sharia law, violently advocates rape of women, stoning, FGM, cutting off of hands and limbs and various other brutalities, including hanging of homosexuals and crucifixion. We had a great deal of échaufferies as various thugs came and roughed us up, stalked us and smashed up the house.
This is why most people come back after 2 years. Those that do't either don't have a life or children to go back to in England, or a social life, the latter of which the French certainly do not.. Alot of Brits just get sozzled with other Brits, but maybe they'd do the same in England in the pub.
The plat du jour is an expensive con. You can get two good meals at most UK pubs for £8.99
There are different values in France and this is not a good thing, they are taken to riots/strikes/civil commotions and disobedience which is the worst thing about a Republic which I can think of, and Socialism on top absolutely tops it off. With no pride, everything broken and scruffy there, we are so glad to be back amongst normality and order in England. All in all - moving to France was the worst thing I ever did apart from marrying into a poor family a very close second. ( I thought I would marry the daughter, not the poor family)
I read in this thread that someone wanted to go and live in the South. That is the wild west. Those of you in Mortain have a bunch of farmers blocking the roads to contend with - in the South we have to contend with the property crooks, drug runners and prostitute pimps, aswell as Arabs living in no-go areas for the Police. All of which we had.
As Spock said.........."Remember"