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Retire in France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is it like to retire in France? Retirees share their experiences living in France.

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What is it like to retire in France?

"Their is lots of cultural attractions, recreation and nightlife. I do not know many other expat retirees but that is because I choose to join groups of mostly locals such as a local running club and a local club of bolles (bocci). I enjoy these more then the expat groups since I enjoy learning more from the locals," added another person in Marseille.

"There are lots of cultural activities in our region as we are close to both Carcassonne and Narbonne, not too far from the coast with beautiful vineyards for miles around. Lots of easy walks and the Canal du Midi to walk along. Idylic on a fine spring or summer day, and not that bad in winter either if well wrapped up against the cold. It does get cold her in the South of France in the winter which many people do not count on. We did our research and knew we could have temperatures of -15C at times between November and March. However, it is usually a fairly dry if cold winter," remarked another retiree in Aude and Herault Departments.

"We have a large expat, multi-national community since this is a popular retirement area," said a retiree who moved to Pezenas, 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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