Retiring to France

Retiring to France provides Expats with the opportunity to escape the gloomy British climate and hectic lifestyle. France is the most popular destination for retired expats as it provides excellent healthcare, a slower pace of life, better weather and the best part is that France is just a short journey from the UK homeland.

Living expenses

Most people who are moving to France are simply seeking a better quality of life, after all being able to purchase a property at a much lower price means that some people who have sold a home in another country may be able to purchase a home in France without the need for a new mortgage. The cost of everyday goods is also less than in the UK allowing you to save more cash for luxury goods and a comfortable retirement.


According to a worldwide survey conducted by HSBC, expats in France benefit from the world’s number one healthcare service, considerably better than the UK’s NHS who came in at number 28. The survey also found French expats to enjoy the 2nd best healthy diet, 2nd best local shops and markets, 2nd best integration into the workplace and 3rd best for enjoyment of the local food.


Retirees in France can expect to enjoy the county’s rich history; exquisite cuisine; historical landmarks; and strong sense of culture. Expats in France benefit from a variety of lifestyle choices with large rural areas that are sparsely populated; the pace of life is relatively slow and relaxed in the countryside and perfect for retirees or families looking to improve their wellbeing. Seaside towns in the South of France offer glitz, glamour and glorious beaches, especially along the Mediterranean coast.

Social and political climate

France has unfortunately not been spared from the hardships of the Euro crisis and like many other European countries is suffering from a high unemployment rate and sweeping cuts to public services. Despite the challenges the nation faces France has remained stable and has so far escaped the traumas being seen in Spain and Greece.  France is regarded as having a very low risk of political instability and ranking fifth in the world for political stability in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012.


France enjoys one of the most sophisticated infrastructures in the world, developed through the government’s heavy investment in the field and made possible by advanced technology. A network of various modes of transportation blankets the whole country, including air, land, and rail transportation.