Print Posted By Lost in France on 20 Dec 2010 in Real France - Expat Interviews

Living in the Mayenne

Anne and her husband moved to France 7 years ago and now live in the Mayenne region.

Boats on the Mayenne riverWhat made you move to France and how long have you lived here?
We moved to France nearly 7 years ago to escape the rat race in London.

Which part of France do you live in, and what's it like to live there?
We live in the Mayenne region, it's a great place with plenty to do.

What is your age?
44 on Tuesday.

Open quote. Interviewee gives their moving to France tips Do your homework. Have a back up plan. Close quote

Where were you born?

Do you work, if so what do you do and how difficult was it to find work or start a business in France?
Husband is an electrician and he has lots of work.
I have just opened a ladies boutique with my friend which has all been pretty straightforward.

What was the worst mistake you made when buying in France?
I bought an apartment as an investment in the South of France and rented it out to a young French couple who have completely wrecked it and have stopped paying the rent.

Your best tip or advice to other people considering moving to France?
Do your homework. Have a back up plan. My husband had to go back to work in UK for 14 months a couple of years ago and it was the worst 14 months of my life, living here can be quite lonely.

Did you find it hard to integrate or adjust to your new life in France and do you have any tips to help others?
No, integrating was easy as we both spoke a little French when we moved over.

What's the best thing about living in France?
The freedom, my commute into work is a lovely 10 minute drive through the French countryside.

And the worst?

What do you think?

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