Thursday, November 24th, 2011
France has traditionally been one of the most popular destinations among British expats, and the country is renowned for its cultural riches, beautiful landscapes, historical towns and cities and abundance of stunning beaches. While culturally different from the UK in many respects, France can be a perfect expat destination. To help you choose the best region in France, we’ve collected some of the most popular regions in France to consider.
One of the world’s most legendary cities, Paris
offers an almost unparalleled variety of culture, architecture and gastronomy. Paris is one of the most popular expat cities in Europe and is home to the headquarters of some of the world’s major international corporations and organisations. Paris is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and produces over 25% of France’s GDP. Employment opportunities and leisure options abound. The climate in Paris is pleasant, with a mild summer and relatively cold winter. Whether you are moving to France for professional or business reasons, or to enjoy the lifestyle in one of Europe’s most culturally varied cities, Paris can be a perfect choice.
Situated between the Alps to the north, the Mediterranean Coast to the south, and the Italian border to the east, South Eastern France is an extremely popular tourist destination, and can offer expats a relaxed outdoors lifestyle. South Eastern France, especially the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region is the third most important economic region in France, with strong tourism, services and agricultural sectors. Notable cities include the cosmopolitan Cannes famous for its annual international film festival, the beautiful historical city, Aix-de-Provence and Marseille, France’s second largest city that combines its distinct traditional character with a metropolitan atmosphere. Whether you want to live in a larger city near the Mediterranean where you can simultaneously enjoy employment opportunities and a more relaxed lifestyle, in a smaller historic town or right next to Europe’s most stunning beaches, South East France will be a great choice.
Occupying a large peninsula in Western France, Brittany lies between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. It is a popular destination for French people, tourists and expats alike, and is characterised by seaside resorts, picturesque harbours and historic towns. The economy is centred around tourism and agriculture, but the technology, telecommunications, and commerce sectors are also strong. Notable cities include the historic Nantes, a culturally active city, described by Time magazine as the most liveable city in Europe, and a central city for innovation across a number of economic sectors, and Rennes, the capital of the region of Brittany.
If you want to live on an island surrounded by some of the most stunning coastal and mountain scenery in Europe, where you can have a lifestyle that will certainly be different from your everyday routine in the UK, Corsica could be a perfect destination. Corsica is one of the 27 regions of France, and is located in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy and southeast of France. Although economically Corsica is not very developed, mainly relying on tourism and agriculture, the island’s climate, coastlines and amazing little villages can make up for the relative lack of professional opportunities, especially for those who can nevertheless ensure regular income or those who are retiring.