Alexis loved visiting France as a child and always dreamed of living there one day. Fortunately she met a man who had the same dream! So they married, then bought a beautiful 300-year-old character house in a pretty village in the Languedoc Roussillon. Alexis has been writing about France for a decade, inspiring and helping hundreds of British people to move there. She says: "Our only regret is that we did not move to France earlier! The lifestyle is tranquil, the summers are long and hot and the sun shines almost every day (or seems like it does!). We’ve made friends of many nationalities here."
What has changed for UK nationals in France since Brexit? Here we give you a flavour of life in France for UK citizens now, as well as advice on how you can still own property here and enjoy everything France has to offer. What is certain is, although you may be finding it difficult to navigate your way around the new rules, it is not all bad news. Our nearest neighbour is still our friend!
With the lovey “pink city” of Toulouse roughly at its centre, Occitanie stretches from its northern and western border, from the Nouvelle Aquitaine right the way down to the border with Spain in the south and the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur in the east.
The Cote d’Azur, often known as the French Riviera, has always been one of the most desirable parts of France in which to buy property. The very name seems to conjure up an image of sun drenched sandy beaches, sophisticated towns, beautiful ancient villages and probably ports full of glamorous yachts.
La Nouvelle Aquitaine is the largest region in France in terms of area, created in 2014 when the Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes all merged together. As well as having some wonderful cities and towns such as Bordeaux, Limoges, La Rochelle and Pau, there are some beautiful villages here too, hugely popular with expats and second home owners.