Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Brexit and the long history of English property owners in France: will the passion endure?

The president wields broad powers — although the prime minister, as the head of government, also plays an important role in the constitutional system, as does Parliament. Presidents are elected for a five-year term, for a maximum of two consecutive terms. The incumbent, François Hollande, a Socialist, has struggled to reduce unemployment and has had to deal with a string of deadly terrorist attacks. The demands are high for the next president to keep the country safe, jump-start its economy and manage the sometimes competing goals of improving the labor market and the maintaining a social safety net. France’s role in the European Union is also in question.

Key Takeaways:

  • Initially, those who acquired estates in France belonged to the privileged classes. They were seeking a milder climate as well as a lower cost of living.
  • Starting in the 1800s, prominent British citizens began buying or building luxurious residences in the Channel ports of Boulogne and Calais
  • And so even as it changes form, the longstanding passion of the British for real estate in France endures.

“Since the first decades of the 19th century, many British citizens have bought properties or built houses in France. Approximately 150,000 UK citizens currently live in France, second only to Spain. With Brexit on the horizon, many are uneasy, for the draw of life in France remains strong, and its roots are deep.”

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About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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