Thousands of Britons emigrate to France every year, tempted by the warmer climate, culture, lifestyle and landscape. But before you pack your bags, check out our A-Z guide to what you might find if you make the move:

Apé›ros

The mellowest moment of the French day, when restorative aperitifs are quaffed before dinner take your pick from Noilly Prat, Pernod or Pastis. 

Bureaucracy

The French love a form red tape is almost an art form; it could drive you to tears, so beware.

 
Culture

They're just across the water but the French have very different values and ways of doing things. Try to adapt to local ways, work with the system and where necessary go native.

  
D›jeuner

Lunch is very important to the French and often a lengthy affair many businesses close between 12 and 2 p.m.


Education 

Brits with brats continue to be lured to France by the excellent state education system.


French property

Never buy a property in France without first visiting and researching the region carefully, checking out house prices with local estate agents, notaries and online property sites. Consider renting before you buy.


Gastronomy  

The French have always been proud of their food and sophisticated way of cooking and Brits can expect to be castigated for their cuisine. 


Healthcare

The French devour more anti-depressants and antibiotics than any other nation and healthcare provision is excellent.

 
Immobilier  

France A useful property website, with information displayed in English. 


July 14th

Bastille Day Frances biggest national holiday prepare for a proper party. 


Kissing  

Depending on the region, youll quickly learn whether two, three or four kisses is the norm.


Language

There IS only one language. The sooner you learn to master French, the easier youll find it is to integrate.

 
Markets

Embrace the French way of cooking and eating, bulking up your basket with fresh local products.


Nap

Of course you should take a siesta after lunch; everythings closed until 2 or 3pm anyway. 


Outdoors

Heaven for skiers, hikers, campers, golfers and beach bums alike.


Pace of life  

Distinctly slower than the UK whats not to like about a 35 hour working week and 35 days holiday a year?


Queuing
 

Considered a quaint Anglo-Saxon custom for people not in a hurry, so elbow your way to that baguette.

 
Roads

Well made and maintained and, bar Paris on a Friday afternoon, never very busy.


Shopping

Shop like the French and go local. Supermarkets may disappoint with no special offers and Baked Beans that cost a bomb.


Television

Not one of Frances strong points. Treat yourself to a satellite dish.


Unspoilt countryside  

Much of France remains the rural idyll that we imagine, surely why it remains the most visited country in the world. 

Villages

Over two thirds of British expats moving to France choose to live in villages.

Weather

You'll need to venture further south than Normandy and Brittany to find a climate thats balmier than Britain. 

Expat advice

Get involved in local life and avoid a Brits Go Home backlash.

Yardsticks

Understand the ways in which people are expected to behave.

 
Zero tolerance

Theres nothing a Frenchman likes less than a bullish Brit throwing his weight around.  Defy some of the preconceptions about the British and youll be living the French dream in no time.