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Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

An interesting survey

Living in France certainly is a very tempting idea. But where in France? A few years ago, French Property News conducted a survey among their readers. The question was: where would you prefer to live in France? Unsurprisingly, the most popular regions where readers were likely to buy were headed by Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes and Languedoc-Roussillon. In addition, Brittany and Pays de la Loire were also in the Top 10.  

Of course, these regions are famously popular with British nationals and are already home to a fair few. So the question is: what factors have helped them make the decision to move to these regions? Weather, culture, or gastronomy? Is it perhaps the fact that property prices are more reasonable than in the UK? Or, most importantly, is it the example set by people who have already taken the plunge that appeals? Indeed, the number of British expats is already significant in some of these regions.

 

A geographical change

However, since the survey took place, the number of French regions has changed: on January 1st, 2016, 22 regions became 18 (including 5 overseas territories/départements). For example, Aquitaine became Nouvelle-Aquitaine, thus merging the former regions of Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes together.

 

Map of French regions

 

What about the French? What’s their preference?

According to a survey taken among the French population and published by the newspaper Figaro Magazine in  February/March 2021, the top 10 most pleasant French cities to live in are as follows (cities with a population of more than 100,000 inhabitants):

  • 1st (equal): Nantes (Pays de la Loire) and Bordeaux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine).
  • 3rd: Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes).
  • 4th: Toulouse (Occitanie).
  • 5th: Strasbourg (Grand Est).
  • 6th: Angers (Pays de la Loire).
  • 7th: Rennes (Bretagne).
  • 8th: Paris (Île-de-France).
  • 9th: Aix-en-Provence (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur).
  • 10th: Lille (Hauts-de-France).

In order to complete this survey, Figaro Magazine, took into account the demography, job opportunities, education, culture and leisure, quality of life and security, weather and environment, transport, real estate and health services. Girl holding a slate with the word

 

What do you think?

As a result, we were wondering where you, our readers, would prefer to live in France. If you had the choice of any region, which would it be? So, why not vote for your choice in our poll? We would certainly be really interested to know your preferences…

If you could live in any region of France, which would it be?

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