France’s major cities have been performing well in recent surveys, with Paris voted the best student city in the world and Lyon as the most attractive French city in which to live. A survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers rated 15 of France’s cities on 60 indicators including employment rates and public transport.
These indicators were divided into three categories – connection to the world, quality of life and economics – and Lyon put in a consistent performance achieving second in all three categories, making it top overall. According to the latest
Notaires de France figures, an apartment in Lyon costs an average of €2,770/m2 while a house costs €293,700, compared to the national average of €2,250/m2 and €157,000 respectively. Paris came out on top of both the connection to the world and economics categories but only came sixth in quality of life so finished second overall. Toulouse, Bordeaux and Strasbourg came next in the rankings. Paris did top the QS ranking for best student city though, which was assessed using five main categories: university rankings, affordability, student mix, desirability and employer activity.
rightmove.co.uk/overseas-magazine The year 2015 was an eventful one for the GBP/EUR exchange rate. It started with a rate of 1.29 and finished on 1.36, having spiked in July, reaching a seven-year high of 1.44. This can make a huge difference to those moving large sums of money between the UK and France, and can affect your property budget considerably. Those who bought a property in July 2015 with a budget of £250,000 found they could buy a property in France worth €360,000, while if they had invested four years earlier when the exchange rate was 1.11 (July 2011), their budget would only have stretched to €277,500. Nord-Pas-deCalais–Picardy
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Corsica As of 1 January 2016, France now only has 13 regions instead of the 22 it previously consisted of, with a number joined together to create ‘super regions’. The names and capitals of these new regions haven’t been finalised yet but the working titles are the names of the old regions linked together in alphabetical order. The new map of France is pictured above.