The Top Five Regions in France Where Expats Are Moving to

As well as being the most popular tourist destination in the world, France also attracts more than its fair share of expats looking for a new life in a new country. Therefore we have put together a list of the top five regions in France where expats are moving to and why they are moving to these areas.


It will come as no surprise to learn that Paris is the number one venue for expats looking to begin a new life in France. It has an economy which is the same size as the Dutch economy, it attracts more tourists than anywhere else in the world and has a population, both within the city and the suburbs, which dwarfs any other city in France. Paris has culture, tourist attractions, history, a growing economy and a lifestyle which many people are now looking forward to.


Despite the fact that Marseille has a population which is dwarfed by Paris, 1.6 million in the suburbs against 11 million in the Paris suburbs, it is still France’s second-largest city. It is located on the south-east coast of France and is home to the largest commercial port in the country which has certainly assisted the local economy in years gone by. The climate in Marseille has something of a Mediterranean feel with long summer seasons and very mild winters. As a consequence, it is not difficult to see why more and more expats from the UK are looking to move to this area of the world.


Situated between Paris and Marseille, Lyon is perfectly placed to benefit from those looking to move to the region as well as those looking at Paris and Marseille. The city has an economy which has certainly moved with the times having been very strong in the production and weaving of silk in years gone by only to switch to the tourism industry, cuisine, cinema, football as well as more traditional economic area such as banking, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries. Like so many French cities, Lyon recently ranked in the top 10 most innovative cities in the world.


Despite the fact that Toulouse is overshadowed by the likes of Paris, Marseille and Lyon, it is still one of the more popular destinations for expats as well as holidaymakers. It is situated on the south coast of France and as well as being prominent in the aerospace industry it also has a very large student contingent of around 100,000. The city has one of the oldest universities in the world and a multicultural population.


The history of Nice is as colourful as you can ever find in France with the city having been part of Italy in the past after various wars. However, despite the fact the area has changed hands on numerous occasions it is very much an integral part of France although there are still elements of the local culture and the local architecture which reflect the historic connection with Italy.