Why move to France?


I did one of those online quizzes, that you see all the time on social media, to determine which country I should have been born in – it said France! Ok, it is true, but of course that’s not the real reason that I want to move to France. To be honest the initial idea came from my mother-in-law, it’s something that she has wanted to do for a long time, and the more I think about it the more it seems like a tempting proposition.

Why? I think a list might be a good option here (in no particular order):

  • If we moved to the west or south west of France, the weather would be significantly warmer in the summer, but not too hot
  • The education and healthcare systems are comparable in quality to those of the UK, an important factor when bring up children
  • The French have healthy outlook on life – they work to live rather than the opposite
  • Good food
  • The children would grow up bilingual
  • It’s easy to travel between France and the UK
  • Café culture
  • French kids respect education
  • Good shopping
  • Relaxed lifestyle
  • Part of the EU so we have good opportunities and few restrictions

I may well change my mind about some of these during the course of my research, but I’m hoping that by this time next year I will have added a few more.

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We are thinking of moving to France – we being me and my husband, our two children, and my mother-in-law (and two dogs). The current plan is that we’ll spend the next year plotting and planning and if everything goes well we will make the move in the summer of 2015. I plan to document the whole process so that I can look back in three years’ time and marvel at how well it all panned out! If, however, it proves a fated endeavour then my comprehensive blog will no doubt be snapped up by some Hollywood director for untold millions – it’s pretty much a win-win situation, right? Well, I’ll keep you posted…


  1. Sadly along with the café culture comes the cigarette culture! The number of young people who smoke in France is appalling. I’ve lived in France since 2008, and don’t have kids yet, but it may be the number one factor that worries me about raising kids here: teen smoking really is much more prevalent than in the UK and I honestly think I’d be happier with my child coming home and telling me they were pregnant than me finding out they’d taken up smoking. A baby at least brings some joy to the family whereas smoking in my view never can.

    • This is something that hadn’t occurred to me, but you are right of course. I will definitely bear this in mind, as I would hate to think that they might end up as smokers!

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