THOUGHTS from the PIGEONNIER

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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).

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