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Living France - - WHERE TO LIVE -

Poitiers in west-cen­tral France is an effortless mix of old and new. The city is home to a clus­ter of Ro­manesque churches, the most pop­u­lar be­ing the Église NotreDame-la-Grande. Built in the 11th and 12th cen­turies, the church boasts a mag­nif­i­cently or­nate fa­cade de­pict­ing saints and scenes from the Bible. Set on the mar­ket square in the town’s old town, it of­fers a scenic set­ting for church-go­ers, while a colour­ful light show dur­ing Christ­mas­time and sum­mer evenings brings ev­ery­one to­gether.

Poitiers has the sec­ond old­est univer­sity in France af­ter Paris (it was es­tab­lished in 1432) and stu­dents ac­count for 25% of the town’s 90,386 res­i­dents. Hav­ing such a youth­ful pop­u­la­tion has com­pelled Poitiers to move with the times while still con­serv­ing its old-world charm and a lively nightlife is en­joyed by all. Cafés, restau­rants and bars are busy all year.

One of the main at­trac­tions for the young at heart is the high-tech Fu­tur­o­scope theme park that lies 10km to the north of Poitiers. Ded­i­cated to the mov­ing pic­ture with both 3D and 4D screens, it is a guar­an­teed hit with any teenagers that may be mak­ing the move to France with you!

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