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Paul Kendall

It's the DailyMail. Nuff said!

Craig McGinty

Hi Paul, I think you sum it up pretty well :-)
All the best, Craig

Keep Up

You described it rather clear.. Keep up the good work

Philip Voice

Some of what the Daily Mail say hit's a certain spot but the majority of it is clap trap.

There are people here in France who want to retain everything they have left behind but the majority of us have worked hard to integrate and be accepted.

I have heard a story (told partly by a French local who actually put an offer in on the farm we bought) that if our place was not purchased by English people, the price would have been half of what we paid.

A huge market force is at work in the French property market and it takes a buyer and a seller to reach a 'common ground' before any transaction can take place.

Ten years before we arrived, we could have bought our place for 20% of the cost we paid, but also in that time our house in the UK trebled in price.

It is not that the French want to buy these properties, because even for them, the cost of doing them up is prohibitive on their incomes.

They are realising that there is an opportunity missed and the French locals we speak to are embarrassed that they [as a nation] left so many wonderful historic buildings decay and fall down.

We have received so many compliments from our French friends, Mr Bertrand [the previous owner] and even the local Frenchman [who is a member of a very wealthy local family who own 28 houses in the area]who has congratulated us on the achievement.

There is a danger that villages such as Eymet are taken over by the British but the French must accept some criticism for this and if it was not for some of the British enterprises, especially in the winter, there would not be any activity at all.

As for the English shops. We personally do not patronise them out of choice. We are very very happy with the local food and wine but one tale you will here - and I believe this - is the French are regular customers to these shops.

Real Ale is one of the favourite products.

Craig McGinty

Must agree that it is often overlooked how Brits arriving in small villages bring much needed "new blood" into the local economy.

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