Okay, so France’s economy isn’t doing too well and they’re not too happy with their President. BUT France is still an awesome place to live.
And here’s why.
1. Let’s start with the bread, shall we? Walk into a French bakery and you get inundated by the choice. It’s all so good.
2. It’s probably the only place in the world where you could get away with eating a baguette in the street without getting looks.
So much cheese. In fact, French families tend to eat cheese every night before, or after, dinner.
4. And you can forget all about the cronut because croissants are the real deal.
5. You know what else France is good at? Coffee, that’s what.
Pro Tip: Stay clear of Café Richard.
6. You’ll never get bored of having crepes either.
And you’ll never be judged for having nutella every day.
7. You know what, screw it. Just all food and drink in France is amazing.
From foie gras and even quiche to crazy amounts of (cheap) wine, France has it all.
9. And the paid leave’s not too shabby, either.
10. Their welfare system generally always works in your favour, too. If you’re not earning a lot, you can get up to €240 a month to help with rent.
If you live in a FJT, accommodation for students and young workers, you might even find that your rent is entirely subsidised by the state.
11. And there’s plenty to do with all your free time. You could visit other cities - intercity transport is pretty cheap if you take a slower train.
Look, a 99-hour journey is only €48!
12. This makes visiting some of the glorious spots around the country, like the walled city of Saint-Malo in northwestern France, an easy option.
Plan your visit around the high tide, though, as otherwise you’re not going to get across the bridge.
13. The same goes for checking out the beautiful beaches in southern France…
14. …as well as the various stunning skiing spots.
15. It’s definitely worth checking out a few of the country’s outstanding markets.
France boasts some of the largest markets in the world. Just look at the Marché des Lices in Rennes. It’s the second biggest in France and is surrounded by greenery and architectural history. The last time I was there, they were even selling cow tongue. You can get anything at this place.
16. You’ll also notice that the French dress better. You’ll never see a French person wearing pyjamas to the supermarket.
17. Plus: museums! You already know about the Louvre.
France is blessed with a wonderful abundance of museums. You’ll find several in each major city (and even in small villages). Lyon, for example, has 18 city museums.
The Musée Rodin is my favourite one, largely due to the tranquility of its gardens.
18. Theatre is another thing the French do exceptionally well.
19. Their films keep winning Oscars, too.
And even if you choose to live in a tiny village, you’ll probably find that it’s well-known for hosting a film festival.
20. How about at night? I mean, you’re probably sick of being kicked out of clubs at 2am. In France, they close at 4, at the earliest.
21. And they play good music too. Where do you think Daft Punk are from?
22. And if you’re not into clubbing, that’s fine too. For the French, staying in with bread, cheese and wine makes for a good night.
23. What else does France have to offer? How about one of the world’s most gruelling and spectacular car races: the 24 Heures du Mans race.
The race is preceded by festivities in the city, where the drivers parade around in their cars and mingle with locals in the bars at night.
Celebrity fans include Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, who has a habit of turning up for the race, and actually took part in 2009.
24. You don’t need me to tell you about the Tour de France, which is now coming to its 100th race.
25. Plus, Parkour was made popular by a Frenchman, so if you ever visit France, expect lots of this.
26. And just think about all the other things France has given the world.
French inventions include the camera phone, aspirin, the hairdryer, and even the pencil sharpener.
27. Quick shout-out for Sundays in France. Barely anyone works. It’s a time for everyone to spend with their friends and family.
28. In fact, life in France is pretty relaxed, generally.
You can attribute this to a combination of the relatively short work day, a generous welfare system, and all that amazing food and culture.