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.
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.
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…