@Vernon of Prague,
Vernon of Prague wrote:
Yes they do. And many Germans (and Dutch, and British people) come and retire in France. We must be doing something right...
This shows what an idiot you are, bumfluff.
If you watch the news, you will see that many economic migrants are travelling all the way through France, to risk their lives stowing away on Lorries at Calais, in order to get over to Britain, primarily for our welfare system.
And indeed, Germany experiences the same influx, as does Holland.
The reason why Brits are so keen on going to retire in France is primarily because it's much, much cheaper buying property there, and there is a better probability of getting sunshine if you settle south of the earth's cloud cap, which extends down as far as about Paris.
Paris usually has as much, often more, rain than London. South of that is a different matter.
One reason that the French way of life appears idyllic is because the weather allows them more outdoor leisure, which is always a major plus. Add the fact that non French retirees can sell up and not only buy an equivalent property in France, but bang a few hundred grand in the bank at the same time, it's a no brainer.
The way things are going, in about fifty years, most property in France will be owned by non French "immigrants".
I think it may soon change its name to something like Southenglandshire.