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Pros and Cons of Living in France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in France. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in France

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What are the pros and cons of living in France?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in France responded:

"We are very happy here despite our lack of language skills. People have been very friendly and have helped us in many ways to overcome some of the difficulties we have faced. I cannot think of anything I dislike about the place," explained one expat living in St Nicolas du Pelem.

"Sarlat La Caneda is a perfect living location for those who like history, food, architecture, entertainment and outdoor activities. Health care is great and available and not so expensive. Social activities are ample," said another in Sarlat.

"I spent half my life planning to come and live here, and it's exactly as I expected and intended it to be. It's beautiful, it's peaceful, it's friendly, and there are myriad historical and cultural attractions all around," explained one expat in St-Cirq.

"the French think of most Americans a rich and easy prey. I am in a situation that requires the need to maintain my property and at the same time try and enjoy the country side. I never have time to enjoy the country side, there is always a need for repairing or redoing something on the houses or property. Many neighbors are not really friendly and ignore me. The ones I have befriended eventually go their own way once I turn them down for favors they ask me to do. Many times I have offered dinner at home, but am never taken up on the offer. I suspect with the Covid-19 virus, I will have to start thinking about selling. France is so far behind in vaccinating people it will be maybe another year before I can go to France. I have friends stuck in Italy now, been one year and now Italy is suffering another set back. WHO has done a lousy job of working to end to reduce the spread of this virus. I think Europe has a long way to go, to be united in fighting during a Pandemic," explained one member in Bordeaux.

"It is a romantic city with beautiful scenery, good air and convenient transportation.The locals are warm, open and friendly.It is an excellent place for a holiday," explained one expat living in Bordeaux, France.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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