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Some Really Great Motivations for Living in France (28 pics + 6 gifs)

Posted in Lifestyle » Travel   14 Jun 2013   / 5992 views

Let’s start with the bread, shall we? Walk into a French bakery and you get inundated by the choice. It’s all so good.

It’s probably the only place in the world where you could get away with eating a baguette in the street without getting looks.

Then of course there’s the cheese.

So much cheese. In fact, French families tend to eat cheese every night before, or after, dinner.

And you can forget all about the cronut because croissants are the real deal.


You know what else France is good at? Coffee, that’s what.

You’ll never get bored of having crepes either.

And you’ll never be judged for having nutella every day.

You know what, screw it. Just all food and drink in France is amazing.

From foie gras and even quiche to crazy amounts of (cheap) wine, France has it all.

Right, the food is good. How about work?

And the paid leave’s not too shabby, either.

Their welfare system generally always works in your favour, too. If you’re not earning a lot, you can get up to €240 a month to help with rent.

If you live in a FJT, accommodation for students and young workers, you might even find that your rent is entirely subsidised by the state.

And there’s plenty to do with all your free time. You could visit other cities - intercity transport is pretty cheap if you take a slower train.

Look, a 99-hour journey is only €48!

This makes visiting some of the glorious spots around the country, like the walled city of Saint-Malo in northwestern France, an easy option.

Plan your visit around the high tide, though, as otherwise you’re not going to get across the bridge.

The same goes for checking out the beautiful beaches in southern France…

…as well as the various stunning skiing spots.

It’s definitely worth checking out a few of the country’s outstanding markets.

France boasts some of the largest markets in the world. Just look at the Marché des Lices in Rennes. It’s the second biggest in France and is surrounded by greenery and architectural history. The last time I was there, they were even selling cow tongue. You can get anything at this place.

You’ll also notice that the French dress better. You’ll never see a French person wearing pyjamas to the supermarket.

Plus: museums! You already know about the Louvre.

France is blessed with a wonderful abundance of museums. You’ll find several in each major city (and even in small villages). Lyon, for example, has 18 city museums.

The Musée Rodin is my favourite one, largely due to the tranquility of its gardens.

Theatre is another thing the French do exceptionally well.

Their films keep winning Oscars, too.

And even if you choose to live in a tiny village, you’ll probably find that it’s well-known for hosting a film festival.

How about at night? I mean, you’re probably sick of being kicked out of clubs at 2am. In France, they close at 4, at the earliest.

And they play good music too. Where do you think Daft Punk are from?

And if you’re not into clubbing, that’s fine too. For the French, staying in with bread, cheese and wine makes for a good night.

What else does France have to offer? How about one of the world’s most gruelling and spectacular car races: the 24 Heures du Mans race.

The race is preceded by festivities in the city, where the drivers parade around in their cars and mingle with locals in the bars at night.

Celebrity fans include Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, who has a habit of turning up for the race, and actually took part in 2009.

You don’t need me to tell you about the Tour de France, which is now coming to its 100th race.

Plus, Parkour was made popular by a Frenchman, so if you ever visit France, expect lots of this.

And absolutely none of this.

And just think about all the other things France has given the world.

French inventions include the camera phone, aspirin, the hairdryer, and even the pencil sharpener.

Quick shout-out for Sundays in France. Barely anyone works. It’s a time for everyone to spend with their friends and family.

In fact, life in France is pretty relaxed, generally.

You can attribute this to a combination of the relatively short work day, a generous welfare system, and all that amazing food and culture.

If you miss a deadline for paperwork, it’s no big deal, just get it to them soon.

So what’re you waiting for? France is glorious. Move there immediately.

Comments (10):

speed.mruff 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Cheese eating surrender monkeys -- the lot of them!
meukr 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
hi there honey boo boo..you don't mind being called honey boo boo don't you?.since you're probably a fan,and that tv program would be the basement of your general knowledge ..i guess the only things you knows about france (and war history) is what you saw on tv..you probably are one of these fat fucks full of macdonald's and pizza who never have been in any other country but yet thinks they knows about it..i'am about right?
rikki_doxx 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Well first you need a good paying job then of course there's heavy crime in Paris plus those Mussie gangs plus if you don't speak perfect idiomatic French in the right cities - forget it. Live in Detroit.
meukr 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
now that is an actually good point of wiew...yes.paris is not exactly what people think it is..another thing they don't know....muslims...there's muslims everywhere in france..france is becoming (slowly but surely) an islamic country.
Unknown 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
This is the France seen from abroad, the reality is different.

To live in Paris, it's like Tokyo, Shibuya, you need a lot of money, otherwise you will not find a 6m² to 850 € per month, which is illegal in the area, but it is well. :D

The housing bubble has not burst, but it's coming, -35% on average across the country.

And of course, in these times of crisis, violence everywhere the same.

Would be better to stay where you are and use your savings to put in something about, the precious metals, for example.
I avoid talking garden and autonomy, as in the U.S., there is clearly a terrorist if they grow or even fruit and vegetables (GMO free) :-|
Mr. Ree 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
The worst part about living in France is that there's too many damn french people there!

crispy 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
We're responsible for that. Should have let the Germans have the place...
Unknown 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
American, Swiss and British banks financed hitler, just not be enough you tell me xD
Alpham 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yeah, go to Paris if you want to get robbed and get stabbed for no reason.
MrTroll 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I'd rather live in Canada, seems like nothing bad ever happens there :3