Print Posted By Lost in France on 28 Nov 2011 in Real France - Expat Interviews

A Writer in Marseille

Mark used to spend his days commuting to London but now lives in Marseille with his partner and works a a writer.

MarseilleWhat made you move to France and how long have you lived here?
I've been living in Marseille for 9 years. I used to commute to London to lecture in film but my days on the boards are over now and I'm concentrating on writing. I live with my partner who is a French consultant doctor in Urgence in a hospital in Marseille and we live in a nice loft in the premiere arrondissement after a lot of previous housing trouble here.

Which part of France do you live in, and what's it like to live there?
Marseille - God help me. Never a dull moment but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Great location and character.

Do you have children, if so how easy was it for them to adjust to a French school?
We are a gay couple - very family and children friendly, but none of our own.

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What is your age?
I'm 45.

Where were you born?
I was born in London.

Do you work, if so what do you do and how difficult was it to find work or start a business in France?
I'm a writer.

What was the worst mistake you made when buying in France?
Long story but I guess problems with the co-proprietors and the syndic and arranging renovation work.

Your best tip or advice to other people considering moving to France?
If your going to live in a flat without hesitation ask about the the syndic and ask to see minutes of meetings, ask other co-proprietors in the building about their experience as much as possible. Find out about the reputation of your local Mairie and Police.

Did you find it hard to integrate or adjust to your new life in France and do you have any tips to help others?
Learn local expressions and customs as much as possible. Marseille is particularly multi-cultural and loud.

What's the best thing about living in France?
The difference. The weather. The skies. The sea. The price of veg. The emphasis on quality of life. Learning.

And the worst?
Sometimes it seems like the French Revolution never happened.

What do you think?

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