NEARLY three quarters of Brits who are looking to live in France say they intend to make the move in the next three years.
The results of a survey by Marie-Martine Gervais, researcher and doctor of economic science at the University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, also found that 58 per cent of people intend to make their home in France their main residence.
Over 1,300 British people who were not currently living in France, but were thinking of making the move, completed the online survey.
Many younger families are seriously looking at leaving the UK with 30 per cent of respondents aged between 35 and 49 years old, but still people aged between 50 and 64 make up the majority, with 65 per cent of those looking for a new start in France.
This split is recognised in the employment backgrounds of people, with many of those currently working employed in the IT industry, whilst those who have retired coming from the public service, teaching and financial sectors.
The appeal of a rural life is still strong with almost one-in-three wanting to live in the countryside and 20 per cent looking for a house close to a village. And few people are worried about restoring a property, as 40 per cent are looking for a project to get their teeth in to.
As for location Dordogne, Charente and Charente-Maritime are highlighted on the maps of many, with the regions of Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes (15 per cent each) leading the way followed by Normandy (12 per cent) and Midi-Pyrénées (9.5 per cent).
And it would be interesting to see how far people’s budgets stretched in some of these areas as 40 per cent said they had €150,000 to spend on a home, with just over a quarter looking to splash out €250,000 on a property.
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