Visitors to The France Show in London share their future plans
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.