It’s easy be­ing green

Living France - - Editor's Letter -

The im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment has been a hot topic for many years now, and in this month’s is­sue we meet plenty of ex­pats who are do­ing their bit for a global cause, from the cou­ple who built a low-en­ergy house in Nor­mandy on a bud­get (p38) to the Bri­tish ar­chi­tect who de­signed her own ecofriendly hol­i­day home in Tarn-et-Garonne (p60). We also ex­am­ine the rise of veg­e­tar­i­an­ism in France (p32) and are pleased to re­port that menu choices now ex­tend con­sid­er­ably fur­ther than the hum­ble omelette.

Of course, when it comes to the en­vi­ron­ment, France it­self has some spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes to of­fer too. On page 20 we ex­plore the pic­turesque vil­lages, wa­ter­ways and forests of Mor­bi­han, while on page 46 we dis­cover the nat­u­ral beauty of Jura, surely one of the coun­try’s hidden trea­sures.

If you’ll be look­ing for em­ploy­ment to fi­nance your new life in France then don’t miss our guide to find­ing work on page 50, while the vo­cab­u­lary on page 54 will help you per­fect your CV and cover­ing let­ter.

Fol­low­ing Brexit and the sub­se­quent un­cer­tainty about the UK’s re­la­tion­ship with the EU, we thought we’d re­mind ev­ery­one why we first fell in love with France, and how none of these things have changed. In the af­ter­math of the more re­cent tragic events in Nice it seems all the more im­por­tant to con­tinue to do so. You’ll find some of the rea­sons on our let­ters page (p14), and you can join us on Twit­ter, Face­book and In­sta­gram to share why you love France us­ing the hash­tag #WhyWeLoveFrance.

Vicky Leigh, Deputy Ed­i­tor

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