France most popular European destination

Latest figures from the UK National Statistics office show that France is the most popular European destination for British people moving abroad, ahead of Spain. Some 18,000 Britons are estimated to have moved to France in 2010.

These figures are backed up by the market-leading website France Property Shop, with October visits to the site up 30% year on year.

Commenting on these statistics, French Property News editor Karen Tait said: “Clearly France continues to be popular with British people looking for a new home abroad. With exchange rates being kinder to the British pocket at the moment, and France offering a stable property market, many people are realising that now might be the ideal time to start a new life in France. The traditional, more relaxed way of life in many rural areas of France appears to be particularly appealing in these ever more busy and cash-stretched times."Those concerned about investing in France at such a time should be reassured by the fact that it continues to be among the world's top 10 strongest country brands, according to the 2011-12 FutureBrand Country Brand Index.