WORK TO LIVE

A new sur­vey has re­vealed the best places in France to live and work. Ca­tri­ona Burns shines the spot­light on the top three and dis­cov­ers why they of­fer the per­fect work-life bal­ance

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Cover story A re­cent sur­vey has re­vealed the top towns and cities to live and work in France. We take a closer look at the top three

If we had our way, life in France would con­sist of drink­ing wine, eat­ing cheese and shop­ping at the lo­cal mar­ket all day, ev­ery day. But un­less you’ve reached re­tire­ment, this round-the-clock bliss is of­ten not fea­si­ble; many peo­ple who move to France have to con­tinue work­ing to fund their new lives. But, while our choice of where in France we’d like to move to is heav­ily in­flu­enced by life­style fac­tors, we some­times ne­glect to con­sider where in France we will be hap­pi­est work­ing, too. How­ever, a new sur­vey by French news­pa­per L’Ex­press has re­vealed the most de­sir­able towns and cities in France to both work and live in. In order to rank which ar­eas were best for liv­ing, the sur­vey took things such as the weather, trans­port sys­tems, af­ford­able hous­ing and air qual­ity into con­sid­er­a­tion. For work life, the du­ra­tion of the train jour­ney to Paris, lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment and cre­ation of jobs de­ter­mined where in France of­fered the best pro­fes­sional life. Com­bin­ing the re­sults of both, the sur­vey re­vealed where in France of­fers the ideal work-life bal­ance. Th­ese are the top three.

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