Vis­i­tors to The France Show in Lon­don share their fu­ture plans

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Leanne and Hervé Mariage

What brought you here to­day? We’re think­ing about mov­ing to France, per­ma­nently.

To which area? South-west, near Bordeaux.

When are you hop­ing to move? Within the next year.

Why do you want to move so soon? Leanne: He’s French. We lived here for 11 years, we lived there be­fore so we’re go­ing to go back.

Ruth and Henry Mont­gomery

What brings you to the prop­erty ex­hi­bi­tion to­day? We are mov­ing in April and we came here to get some ideas for prop­er­ties. Go­ing round es­tate agents has been quite help­ful, plus the cur­rency peo­ple. Were you wor­ried about Brexit?

Do you know, no. If you want to do some­thing, you do it; there’s no sense in wor­ry­ing.

Jo and Jack

Why are you vis­it­ing The France Show? Jo: We’re think­ing of buy­ing prop­erty in France. Jack: Aban­don the sink­ing ship ba­si­cally. What ar­eas are you look­ing at?

Jo: The Loire. We’ve been look­ing on­line quite a bit; it’s been re­ally in­ter­est­ing. Jack: We pretty much know where we want to go. We’ve been hol­i­day­ing in France for the last 25 years and Jo has a French de­gree. My mother is French so there’s a lot of con­nec­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, I’m an English cit­i­zen and I don’t have dual na­tion­al­ity, which is go­ing to make life more dif­fi­cult be­cause there’s a whole heap of un­cer­tainty.

Fiona Mackay-kabir and Hielke Ween­ing

What brought you here to­day?

Fiona: We hope to move to France, at some point.

Do you know where? Hielke: The Mediter­ranean coast­line. But also, Dor­dogne is a nice area.

What kind of ad­vice are you look­ing for? Hielke: I’m Dutch. So if Brexit goes the wrong way for me – be­cause my pen­sion comes in from Hol­land – if there’s no agreement and I want to keep my pen­sion, I will have to move back to one of the Euro­pean coun­tries.

If you do move to France, what are you hop­ing to find there? Fiona: France ap­peals to us. It looks pretty, it’s sunny and it’s a cul­tural place. Our pri­mary goal is to have an eas­ier life and, you know, the fan­tasy that every­body has: to grow your own food. I had never been in a big city be­fore liv­ing in Lon­don and I find it quite fright­en­ing. My heart is in a small place.

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