THOUGHTS from the PIGEONNIER
Our favourite neighbour is on the up. As you’ll see from our quarterly market report on p38, France has the ‘feelgood factor’. This is largely due to the new president, Emmanuel Macron, whose optimisim seems to be filtering down to the property market. On our side of the Channel, there’s been something of a Brexit backlash, with many buyers keen to buy in France before the UK exits the EU, buoyed by hints that expats who already have a home in France will be treated preferentially. Why are they so keen to spend all or part of their time in France? Well, alongside the wonderful scenery, lifestyle and food and wine, another attraction is the great value property. I’ve been investigating what you can expect if you have a budget of under €100,000 – turn to p26 to see the results. Meanwhile, assistant editor Ruth has been taking a closer look at France’s favourite village, voted for on French TV, and also finding out which village got your vote (p30) and staff writer Sophie has been exploring the winding streets of Sète, a southern seaside town with much to offer despite being less well known than many of its Mediterranean neighbours (p34). Finally, a date for your diary – the next French Property Exhibition will be held at London’s Olympia on 16-17 September (details on p57).