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What the French press can't say

By Tim King   84

When I first moved to France ten years ago, a neighbour asked me if I saw many differences between the French and the English. I didn’t. We all seemed to want the same things out of life and set about getting them in broadly the same way. More recently, though, a carpenter I am working with asked me the same question, and now I find it less clear.

The French are fascinated by why so many English come to live here. Newly arrived and wanting to please, I replied: the weather, the food, the people, the culture. But I got…

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