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France - the Global Village

Created: Wednesday, 09 August 2017 Written by Alexis Goldberg

Speak up!

I am often asked about how everyone gets along here: is there any bad feeling amongst the French against foreigners coming to live here? I can truthfully say we have never encountered anything other than friendliness here in rural France. The French by and large like the fact that so many people from overseas love their country and don’t mind in the least if you make mistakes when attempting to talk to them in their language. It is making the effort to do so which counts.
The appeal of France seems to be universal. After all, here is a country with a tremendous amount of space, where one can still find some superb properties, often with land, at prices which are far less than many other countries. Mixing with other nationalities is so important for us all and here in France, everyone really does seem to rub along famously. As one Australian friend said to me recently: “we have felt hugely welcomed here from day one despite our lack of sophistication in the language”.

From the France Buying Guide