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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," remarked another expat 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," explained one expat in Sarlat.

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What do expats in France appreciate most about the local culture?

"In France, there really is time to stop and smell the roses, and when one does things here, one does them fully, instead of splitting attention in 5 directions at once. Mealtime is meant for good food and fellowship. Weekends are meant for enjoyment (not bringing work home). In general, the culture is more slow and appreciative of simple pleasures," explained one expat living in Epinal.

"The Food, the stores, the way France respects it's citizens, healthcare, financial help with housing if you are low income," said another expat in Signes.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"The humor is darker (people don't find it rude to joke at the expense of others) and people are much more direct, which can come across as brashness or rudeness. Also, mealtimes are very rigid, so my stomach had a hard time adjusting to the hunger between meals," said another expat in Epinal.

"Just getting used to the French who are always afraid and scared. This is due to their training to be docile to authority. France is run like a civilian military, so you have to do things accordingly, but all is administered by uncaring state agents. I," added another person living in Courbevoie.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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