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Living in rural France is the idyllic dream of many and France certainly has much to offer in its villages and hamlets.
Most foreigners who buy property in France are attracted to villages, small towns and countryside.
They find a rural life still marked by the rhythm of the seasons, farming traditions and a strong sense of community cemented by the authority vested in the local mayor. Fete days and festivals are celebrated inclusively.
Outsiders may initially be regarded with suspicion but that can soften as their contribution becomes evident – such benefits as restoring a ruined architectural gem or supporting local services like shops and schools.