Exactly. As far as I know, nobody has ever been forced into buying a holiday home.
I think this is an ill-researched article. 'Figures suggest' . . . well, you can find out exactly if you have a mind to.
Brits have been buying retirement - particularly in the Dordogne and Aquitaine - since the days of the 'silver haired rich', when pensions were worth something in the 1970s.
My parents bought a place for retirement in the Lot et Garonne. Actually this town would not exist if, first, Italians hadn't been given land to farm after the depopulation following war and, second, Brits hadn't arrived to keep local builders merchants, masons and what have you in employment.
I think this has more to do with those renting places as holiday properties and avoiding taxes. The 'Buy to let in France' mob.
Genuine retired couples are - and have been - suffering far more from the devaluation of the pound.