An expat shared the 'culture clashes' and what he 'doesn't get' about France after leaving the UK

Expat frustrated in France

An expat shared their frustrating experience

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 27/09/2023

- 06:00

Updated: 11/10/2023

- 15:28

A British expat who moved to France shared their frustrations with life abroad

British people looking for a change of scenery may choose the stunning French countryside as a place to set up camp.

One man who did this shared his experience, including what he "just doesn't get" about the French way of life.

Graham bought a house in Dordogne in the southwest of France and had been living in the area.

He recalled the differences he had noticed with the French way of life speaking in documentary 'Little Britain in the Dordogne'.

Dordogne France

Dordogne is a popular spot for expats


The presenter highlighted "frequent culture clashes" and Graham detailed what that meant for him.

He claimed: "Regarding lunch breaks, for example, I just don't get it.

"[At] 12pm, everything stops. Literally they stop. It doesn't matter what they're doing.

"And then til 2pm. Then they can't work because they're half drunk."

Lunch is typically a more relaxed affair in France and many workers will take at least one or two hours for this.

Graham also noted some conflict and a sense of "divide" between the French and the Brits.

"There is a little divide between the British and the French," he continued.

"There is something going on there, I think.

Dordogne France

Dordogne has stunning countryside


"Since Brexit, you've got the British coming over with their money and buying up all these old houses and renovating them.

"A lot of the French couldn't afford what we've bought and I think that's where the divide comes in."

This comes as a woman explained what she found to be the "most difficult" part about moving to the region.

She spoke about the struggles of learning the French language in order to pass mandatory French speaking tests.

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