City liv­ing

Living France - - LES PRATIQUES -

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.

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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

Île-deFrance

Cen­tre

Bur­gundy–Franche

Comté Au­vergne– Rhône-Alpes

Langue­docRous­sil­lon–Midi

Pyrénées

Alsace– ChampagneArdenne–Lor­raine

ProvenceAlpes-Côte

d’Azur

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.

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