Well I am an about to be 60 year old woman making the move...Im here at the moment looking at property and I have learned what a ballsed up tax system the French have....it seems they can apply whatever they like to whatever you have or do with little recourse. However I also have learned that if you seek good sound advice from those who have come before and can now work the system, the process will be less painful....
I have also learned the infinite good in people here...both French and expatriates...and it makes me love the country even more. I am confident that wherever I park myself permanently | will not be lonely or unsupported. It is just a matter of contributing yourself to the community and it will pay dividends.
And in any case...in the final analysis....we may listen to any number of people advising us but we will chew it around and make our own decision.
Vive la France