"Frenglish Thoughts" - by Barry Whittingham

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It’s estimated that roughly 500,000 Brits, 160,000 Americans as well as others from Anglophone countries such as Australia, New Zealand or Canada, have made the radical decision to leave family, friends and an established way of life to re-locate to France. In addition, a good number of Brits, while still residing, working or enjoying their retirement at home, find living in France enough of an attraction for them to invest in a holiday home there. 

What, then, prompts people to quit their home country for one where the culture, customs and mentality are different enough to challenge their open-mindedness and powers of adaptation to an extent they’ve probably never known before, and whose language they barely speak or, in some cases, don’t speak at all?

I think that one of most commonly-shared reasons for wanting to operate such a deep and far-reaching change is the excitement and adventure involved in making a fresh start to life.