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Millions of Brits dream of French lifestyle thanks to bakeries, landmarks – and cheese

A study of 2,000 adults discovered four in 10 feel the French way of life seems better than the British, and 24 per cent fantasize about experiencing it

Are you dreaming of a move to France?

Millions of Brits dream of living the French lifestyle because of the bakeries, landmarks – and cheese.

A study of 2,000 adults discovered four in 10 feel the French way of life seems better than the British, and 24 per cent fantasize about experiencing it.

More than a fifth (21 per cent) would consider moving across the channel, with 15 per cent having a spell living in the country in the past.

Visiting the cafes and coffee shops is the top reason for wanting to live in France, followed by the bakeries, croissants and pastries.

Other reasons to feature in the top 30 list included visiting the Alps, castles and beaches, as well as immersing themselves in art galleries, eating brioche and learning the language.







Visiting the cafes and coffee shops is the top reason for wanting to live in France, Brits say
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It also emerged Brits consider the French lifestyle to be relaxed (44 per cent), cultured (42 per cent) and sociable (39 per cent).

But 42 per cent think France is a ‘foodie country’, with croissants (35 per cent), champagne (27 per cent) and brioche (20 per cent) named the best items to come out of the country.

St Pierre Bakery commissioned the study and created a quiz allowing people to find out how French their lifestyle is – https://stpierrebakery.co.uk/blog/how-french-are-you/.

Founder Paul Baker said: “It’s clear that whatever the British perception of the French lifestyle is, we certainly dream of living it.

“We automatically think of pastries, coffee, wine and cheese, and that’s just the food and drink.”

The study also found 28 per cent of adults have taken inspiration from the French lifestyle, when it comes to their cooking (46 per cent), interest in artwork (43 per cent) and their taste in films and TV (41 per cent).

While a third believe pop culture, including shows like ‘Emily in Paris’, have given them an idea of ​​what living in France would be like.

When it comes to the language, 26 per cent already speak French, while another 14 per cent are currently learning.

And many are already enjoying foods which originated across the channel, with baguettes (44 per cent), brie (29 per cent) and brioche (25 per cent) among the most popular.

Ratatouille (16 per cent) and soufflé (11 per cent) are also top choices, according to the research, carried out via OnePoll.







Baguettes are among the most popular French foods for Brits
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It’s not just food Brits have taken inspiration from as they believe 23 per cent of everyday vocabulary originates from France.

Among the words and phrases the nation believe have French origin are cliché (47 per cent), baguette (46 per cent) and chauffeur (45 per cent).

Yet in a list of more than 40 words local to France, five per cent said they didn’t recognize any words as being French.

Paul Baker, of St Pierre Bakery, added: “Travel has been a challenge for all of us lately and our taste buds have missed world travel, too. That’s part of why Brits are increasingly seeking out and enjoying new flavours.

“The fact that a quarter of us believe that if we embraced the French lifestyle, we’d be more willing to try new food and drink says it all.

“Great food makes great memories and that’s important wherever you are in the world.

“We are inspired by France and want to help bring a little taste of the French lifestyle to Brits with our authentic brioche, to help make everyday that little bit more magnifique.”

The poll was commissioned to celebrate St Pierre’s National Brioche Day which takes place on 14th May.

TOP 30 REASONS BRITS WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN FRANCE

  1. Visiting cafes/coffee shops
  2. Visiting bakeries
  3. croissants/pastries
  4. baguettes
  5. dining-out
  6. Drinking French wine
  7. Visiting France’s landmarks eg the Louvre, Pompidou
  8. Eating French cheese
  9. Visiting the French Riviera
  10. Visiting French castles
  11. Visiting France’s beaches
  12. architecture
  13. Visiting the Alps
  14. history
  15. Discovering hidden gems
  16. Visiting wineries
  17. Speaking / Learning the French language
  18. shopping
  19. brioche bread
  20. art galleries
  21. Meeting and socializing with locals
  22. Cityscapes
  23. Hearing the French language being spoken
  24. Learning to cook French foods
  25. Visiting Michelin star restaurants
  26. french-fashion
  27. Trying new French foods eg snails
  28. The public transport system
  29. skiing
  30. paris fashion week

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