THE Telegraph website provides an interesting look at the growing number of people from the UK moving to France and the impact they have on crumbling villages.
Journalist Chris Wilson spends some time in the Dordogne village of Les Sions and looks at the changes it has been through.
Like many small villages before the Brits arrived many of the buildings were close to becoming complete wrecks.
But now as more and more people have bought the properties and brought them back to life, the village has also come alive.
And despite there only being a couple of French families living in Les Sions there is an awareness that the village would have disappeared without the Brits.
Chris Wilson writes:
Surprisingly, the French are far from unhappy about this benign invasion. "This place would have been a desert without the English," says Anne-Isobel Guyot, whose translating and interpreting business is working flat out to keep pace with the demand for help with French bureaucracy. "The countryside around here would have been full of collapsing barns and tumbledown buildings."
The article offers an enlightening view of the so-called ‘British invasion’ and reflects the fact that many French villages have benefited from the peaceful occupation.
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