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I think the UK has become a joke nation, full of chavs that will pay any price so long as some idiot gives them the money.

We're financially and morally bankrupt.

And why stay here and put up with the forthcoming austerity and high taxation to pay for this mess.

Also sick of this socialist environment, and the majority having to suffer to help a few.

Anyone have experience of this?

Anyone know of a British community in France, etc?

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I think the UK has become a joke nation, full of chavs that will pay any price so long as some idiot gives them the money.

We're financially and morally bankrupt.

And why stay here and put up with the forthcoming austerity and high taxation to pay for this mess.

Also sick of this socialist environment, and the majority having to suffer to help a few.

Anyone have experience of this?

Anyone know of a British community in France, etc?

So you want to move to France?! :blink:

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I think the UK has become a joke nation, full of chavs that will pay any price so long as some idiot gives them the money.

We're financially and morally bankrupt.

And why stay here and put up with the forthcoming austerity and high taxation to pay for this mess.

Also sick of this socialist environment, and the majority having to suffer to help a few.

Anyone have experience of this?

Anyone know of a British community in France, etc?

Depending on your circumstances maybe rent out there first. I lived abroad for 5 years now, had a great time. I did chose better weather and never regretted it. Good luck!

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Depending on your circumstances maybe rent out there first. I lived abroad for 5 years now, had a great time. I did chose better weather and never regretted it. Good luck!

I'd second that. I left the UK quite a while ago now. Can't say I miss it. But things change. You may find it's not as you think. The small things may catch you out... Remember you take yourself with you. And will you want to retire (and be old & ill) in a foreign country? Do you want to have French children? maybe, but I doubt it. The only way is to either be a true internationalist (for which you need mega bucks) or to make it your genuine home. In a place like france this means not only learning the language (you will need to be fluent) but becoming french. Feeling at home. If not, you will find yourself a temporary visitor. You'll also have to get used to the bureaucracy. It's special. But to be honest, once you get used to the fact it's a nightmare it's not that bad. Arguably no worse than the UK.

Not trying to put anyone off. I have left and look back to the UK with new (and widened) eyes. It looks crazier the further you get away from it. But I wouldn't jump into any huge move like that without your eyes open.

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In many rural French villages the Brits almost outnumber the French!

What are you going to do to earn a living? Many of the Brits are retired. Though many attempt to work the "black market" by doing odd jobs, renovations etc, or hope to make a living offering Gittes for rent.

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The Daily Mail runs a fortnightly article about Brits returning from France and their British enclaves. No Frenchie - no workee. :rolleyes:

I've been an expat for 10 years + and never did much care for the Brit "ghettos" with their pie & chips and crying when they can't buy Andrex.

It always fills me with mirth though when "that type" of Brit wants to leave the UK to get away with foreigners. Thank the lord France/Spain don't have a problem with immigration! :lol:

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I think the UK has become a joke nation, full of chavs that will pay any price so long as some idiot gives them the money.

We're financially and morally bankrupt.

And why stay here and put up with the forthcoming austerity and high taxation to pay for this mess.

Also sick of this socialist environment, and the majority having to suffer to help a few.

Anyone have experience of this?

Anyone know of a British community in France, etc?

I don't blame you but a few pieces of advice - learn the language, integrate, make local friends. There are far too many foreigners here who don't do that (who are the ones who shouldn't be let in in the first place!) I'm ashamed to say some English people do the same abroad. I bought a share in a property in Mallorca years ago - my Spanish isn't very good but its amazing how much more you get back by trying to integrate rather than just sticking to your own tribe.

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You're fed up of the socialist environment in the UK, yet you want to move to France :rolleyes:

Apart from that you've got all the French rep tape to deal with, of which an excessive amount applies to most administrative tasks that you have undertake when living there (even the French get fed up with this). This includes getting your ID card (carte de sejour for foreigners), which is not only compulsory to carry but is required before you can do anything like rent a house or apply for a job.

As for living in a British ex pat community, well there are plenty of Brits in Paris but your chances of landing a job if you don't speak decent French are limited to working as an english teacher (the pay isn't great). Besides as others have said, if you're so desperate to leave then why would you want to live in an British community anyway?

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You're fed up of the socialist environment in the UK, yet you want to move to France :rolleyes:

Apart from that you've got all the French rep tape to deal with, of which an excessive amount applies to most administrative tasks that you have undertake when living there (even the French get fed up with this). This includes getting your ID card (carte de sejour for foreigners), which is not only compulsory to carry but is required before you can do anything like rent a house or apply for a job.

As for living in a British ex pat community, well there are plenty of Brits in Paris but your chances of landing a job if you don't speak decent French are limited to working as an english teacher (the pay isn't great). Besides as others have said, if you're so desperate to leave then why would you want to live in an British community anyway?

Think you are forgetting a couple of things :-

Infinitely better weather (if you go to the south anyway).

Better food / drink.

Lower house prices.

A ridiculous amount more space (than cramped up SE England anyway).

Better transport.

Cleaner cities.

Very few layabout scoungers.

A healthy respect/protection of their own culture.

v. More red tape. Hmmmm.....think I'd put up with that on balance.....

ps. Don't disagree with you on the British community thing though.

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I've never been, but Sweden is supposed to be pretty good compared with Britain:

Slideshow

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Edited by the.ciscokid

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I think the UK has become a joke nation, full of chavs that will pay any price so long as some idiot gives them the money.

We're financially and morally bankrupt.

And why stay here and put up with the forthcoming austerity and high taxation to pay for this mess.

Also sick of this socialist environment, and the majority having to suffer to help a few.

Anyone have experience of this?

Anyone know of a British community in France, etc?

I'll echo the "you are fed up with socialism so you want to move to France?!?!?" comments :D

The idea that France is free of chavs is amusing too. Inner cities are the same the world over.

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You're fed up of the socialist environment in the UK, yet you want to move to France :rolleyes:

....

There are no socialists left in the UK. That's why we are heading out of recession and you lot aint :D

As to living here; its nice but unemployment is a problem (a growing one). Personally I find UK red tape to be as bad as anywhere else (I have lived in Italy as well). Go and try to buy a number plate in Halfords with no documentation :)

This is a global downturn and nowhere in Europe will be exempt. By all means move if you want but don't expect it to be a solution to anything, you just change one set of issues to another set.

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I think the UK has become a joke nation, full of chavs that will pay any price so long as some idiot gives them the money.

We're financially and morally bankrupt.

And why stay here and put up with the forthcoming austerity and high taxation to pay for this mess.

Also sick of this socialist environment, and the majority having to suffer to help a few.

Anyone have experience of this?

Anyone know of a British community in France, etc?

:lol::lol:

Why not try Benidorm in Spain, it's sunny and there's some cheap property there now, getting cheaper every day.

Also it's a better country if you're looking to avoid socialism than France. If you're lucky another Franco might come along.

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Sorry to disillusion you, but it is now chav Europe. There are just as many French chavs. The French are also much more tolerant so the chavs tend to impinge on your day to day life even more so than in the UK.

You will also tread in much much more dog s-it than in the UK.

One thing that is significantly better is the lack of the young drunken babarians. It is generally much easier to walk around at night even in the largish cities. You don't feel so threatened. There is a better mix of young and old at night. They haven't given over their streets to the yoofs.

However, the French generally, can be much more selfish. It is very much a me first society.

If you fancy rural living, and can generate an income, there are still numerous areas in France where you can buy a substantial house that would look fantastic once renovated, at really cheap prices compared with the UK. However, I would give you a maximum of 2 years before you were thoroughly bored and longing to return to Blighty.

In fact I think it is now chav world, when you include Oz and the USA!

Find somewhere acceptable in the UK, unless you reallyfancy a basic rural lifestyle in France.

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Think you are forgetting a couple of things :-

Infinitely better weather (if you go to the south anyway).

Better food / drink.

Lower house prices.

A ridiculous amount more space (than cramped up SE England anyway).

Better transport.

Cleaner cities.

Very few layabout scoungers.

A healthy respect/protection of their own culture.

v. More red tape. Hmmmm.....think I'd put up with that on balance.....

ps. Don't disagree with you on the British community thing though.

Have you ever been to France? There are 5.5 million unemployed native French speakers there who can't get a job. What are you going to do for a living?

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You're fed up of the socialist environment in the UK, yet you want to move to France :rolleyes:

Apart from that you've got all the French rep tape to deal with, of which an excessive amount applies to most administrative tasks that you have undertake when living there (even the French get fed up with this). This includes getting your ID card (carte de sejour for foreigners), which is not only compulsory to carry but is required before you can do anything like rent a house or apply for a job.

As for living in a British ex pat community, well there are plenty of Brits in Paris but your chances of landing a job if you don't speak decent French are limited to working as an english teacher (the pay isn't great). Besides as others have said, if you're so desperate to leave then why would you want to live in an British community anyway?

Carte de sejour is no longer obligatory for EU citizens. Since about 2004, I think.

I haven't renewed mine since 1995...........

This explains it quite well.

http://dordogne.angloinfo.com/countries/fr...esidency.asp#eu

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The only way is to either be a true internationalist (for which you need mega bucks) or to make it your genuine home.

What do you mean 'true internationalist'? One who owns property in more than one country, living mainly in sunny place but having to work for long periods of time in the other, where it's not perhaps quite as nice?

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I think the UK has become a joke nation, full of chavs that will pay any price so long as some idiot gives them the money.

We're financially and morally bankrupt.

And why stay here and put up with the forthcoming austerity and high taxation to pay for this mess.

Also sick of this socialist environment, and the majority having to suffer to help a few.

Anyone have experience of this?

Anyone know of a British community in France, etc?

I think you'll find France has historically, and is today, a slightly more socialist nation !

It's not the UK that's a joke just some of the population who open their mouths (or start typing) before thinking. As for wanting a British community in France...this will be why your return home quicly. your something else.

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