But, for economic reasons, there are more French living in Britain than vice versa.
British Secretly Invade France'
By Ali Ihsan Aydin, Paristine
Published: Sunday, April 30, 2006
The increasing number of British citizens escaping life in the UK due and settling in France has begun to concern the French public. The number of British citizens settling in France has reportedly increased ten fold in the past 15 years.
French daily Le Figaro recently published a dossier about the issue defending that the so far, 500,000 British citizens have settled in France. “The British are setting out to conquer France,” the daily wrote. Stressing that “British provinces” have sprung up in some parts of the country, “This is a silent landing, a slowly developing colonialism and an unarmed occupation,” the daily commented. In the past, only the rich and retired made the move to France’s sunny beaches; the situation has now changed and thousands of middle-class British families leave behind their old lives and settle on the other side of the English Channel, Le Figaro wrote. The British invasion generally to small French villages and provinces has caused real estate prices in these regions to increase dramatically. Many French welcome the British immigrants settling in their regions, “Catholics share their churches with British Anglicans, the Ministry of Education sends special education experts to teach British children and services are given in two languages”, it is reported.
Despite this, the British carry their lifestyles to France, “As was the case in the old days of the British Empire, they politely call on everybody to use the language of Shakespeare,” the daily told. According to Le Figaro, the Brits have already started special flights between the UK and the regions where they settled in France. Private air company Ryanair reported that it carried 250,000 passengers between London and Bergerec in 2005. Concerns about the British invasion of France, which has frequently come to the agenda in recent years, has become the topic of a number of the books. French researcher José-Alain Fralon, who examined cities with a high population of expatriate Brits, published his study in a book titled,” Help, the English are invading.”
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