Figures obtained and published by the online English language French newspaper thelocal.fr have
revealed just where British expats choose to settle in France.
The statistics, compiled by France’s National Statistics Agency INSEE, reveal that there are almost 160,000 British expats living across the Channel, with the Ile-de-France region - which includes the capital Paris
– being the most popular place for them to live, with 21,000 Brits residing there. Poitou-Charentes in the west of France (16,300), Aquitaine in the south west (16,100) and the neighbouring Midi-Pyrénnées region (15,800) are also extremely popular destinations for British expats, while Brittany has roughly 13,500 Brits living there. However, the statistics show that there are many parts of France, especially the north-eastern regions, which just don’t seem to appeal to Brits at all. For example, only around 850 Brits have set up home in the eastern region of Lorraine, while even fewer (around 400) live in the Champagne-Ardenne and Franche-Comté regions. However, the least popular French region for British expats would appear to be the island of Corsica, on which approximately just 200 British expats live. Thinking about moving to France? Find out more about living in France
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