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

A study of 2,000 adults found that four in ten think the French way of life seems better than the British, and 24 percent dream of experiencing it

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Millions of Brits dream of living the French lifestyle for the bakeries, the sights – and the cheese.

A study of 2,000 adults found that four in ten think the French way of life seems better than the British, and 24 percent dream of experiencing it.

More than a fifth (21%) would consider moving across the Channel, with 15% having lived in the country at some point in the past.

Visiting cafes and cafes is the top reason to want to live in France, followed by bakeries, croissants and pastries.

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

Visiting the cafes and coffee shops is the main reason people want to live in France, say the British


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It also found that Brits view the French lifestyle as relaxed (44 percent), sophisticated (42 percent) and sociable (39 percent).

But 42 percent think France is a “foodie country,” with croissants (35 percent), champagne (27 percent) and brioche (20 percent) naming the best products to come out of the country.

St. Pierre Bakery commissioned the study and created a quiz to help people find out how French their lifestyle is –

Founder Paul Baker said: “Whatever the British perception of the French lifestyle, 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 that 28 percent of adults took inspiration from the French lifestyle when it comes to their cuisine (46 percent), their interest in art (43 percent) and their taste in films and television (41 percent).

While a third believe pop culture, including shows like Emily in Paris, has given them an idea of ​​what it would be like to live in France.

In terms of language, 26 percent already speak French, and another 14 percent are currently learning.

And many are already enjoying foods that have come from across the Channel, with baguettes (44 percent), brie (29 percent) and brioche (25 percent) being among the most popular.

Ratatouille (16 percent) and soufflé (11 percent) are also top choices, according to the study conducted via OnePoll.

Baguettes are one of the most popular French dishes in Britain



Brits haven’t just taken inspiration from food, believing that 23 percent of everyday vocabulary comes from France.

Words and phrases the nation believes have French origins include cliché (47 percent), baguette (46 percent) and chauffeur (45 percent).

However, in a list of more than 40 words found in France, five percent said they did not recognize any word as French.

Paul Baker of St Pierre Bakery added: “Travel has been a challenge for all of us lately and our taste buds have been missing world travel too. It’s one of the reasons Britons are increasingly seeking out and enjoying new tastes.

“The fact that a quarter of us think we would be more willing to try new foods and drinks if we embraced the French lifestyle says it all.

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

“We are inspired by France and want to bring the Brits a little taste of the French lifestyle with our authentic brioche to make every day that little bit grander.”

The survey was commissioned in celebration of St Pierre’s National Brioche Day, which takes place on May 14th.

Top 30 reasons why Brits would like to live in France

  1. Visit to cafes/coffee shops
  2. visit bakeries
  3. Croissants/pastries
  4. baguettes
  5. to eat out
  6. Drink French wine
  7. Visit to the sights of France, eg Louvre, Pompidou
  8. Eat French cheese
  9. Visiting the Côte d’Azur
  10. Visit to French castles
  11. Visiting France’s beaches
  12. Architecture
  13. Visiting the Alps
  14. The history
  15. Discover hidden treasures
  16. Visit to wineries
  17. Speaking / learning the French language
  18. Shopping
  19. brioche bread
  20. art galleries
  21. Meeting and socializing with locals
  22. cityscapes
  23. Hear how the French language is spoken
  24. Learn to cook French
  25. Visit to Michelin star restaurants
  26. French fashion
  27. Try new French dishes, such as snails
  28. The public transport system
  29. To ski
  30. Paris fashion week

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