French villages advertise more residents

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Have you ever imagined living in a French village? Walk towards the bakery for a fresh croissant every morning and go out to the local bistro in the evening for a aperitif and steak and chips? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity to start a new life in France.

It has become common recently that small failing villages in Spain and Italy are trying to attract digital nomads. The Italian government has launched a million euro project to revive many remote ‘ghost’ towns by turning them into hubs for remote working – more and more since the start of the pandemic, many people found they could work remotely for longer periods of time. Italy has 5,500 villages with less than 5,000 inhabitants – the northern region of Emilia Romagna is a success story.

And now France is trying to attract new residents to some of its villages. As reported by Local, Lure and Jussey, both in Haute-Saône in eastern France, launched a seduction operation in order to attract people to the area to buy his property. Real estate agents have partnered with local authorities to organize open houses on a range of real estate options.

Take the small country village of Lure for example. As reported by francetvinfo, it has 8,394 inhabitants but the city center is in a desperate situation. Every second store is for sale and 10% are empty. Lure is about a four hour drive from Paris through a national forest park and a short walk from Geneva in Switzerland (a three hour drive) and neighboring ski resorts in the Alps.

From September 25, the city opened its doors to the world, inviting foreigners to visit homes, properties, and meet local investors. In addition to shops, warehouses, garages and building plots, the local chateau is even for sale.


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