THERE may be many British retirees and families heading to France to start afresh, but there is a flow of younger people heading in the opposite direction.
With one-in-four people under 25 currently unemployed the attractions of working in the UK, and specifically London, are a draw to young French people.
The Sunday Times reports that many educated young adults are heading to London because it is easier to find work, and for those with an entrepreneurial spirit easer to start a business.
As PY Gerbeau, former head of the Millennium Dome, says about starting up in France:
“If you want to achieve something, if you want to start a business or want to have a career, it is really very difficult because, first of all, you cannot work hard because the employment laws stop you from working more than 35 hours.”
There is no doubt that starting a business is a tough prospect in France, especially when money is tight in the first year or so. The paperwork involved can be a nightmare and then having to make hefty initial social security payments often sees people throw in the towel before they've begun.