HALF of Americans dream of living the French lifestyle for the sights, restaurants — and baked goods.
A recent study of 2,000 adults found that 55 percent believe the French way of life seems better than the American way, and 50 percent dream of living it.
Almost a third (31 percent) would consider moving to the country, with 23 percent saying they have lived in the country before.
For those who have previously moved to the country — or are considering doing so — the reasons are city life (36 percent), food (35 percent) and a better lifestyle (35 percent).
Paris is the most popular place to move for 27 percent, followed by the French Riviera (20 percent) and Lyon (18 percent).
Respondents also indicated that the top reasons they want to live in France are to see the sights and enjoy eating out, visiting cafes and coffee shops.
The study, commissioned by brioche experts St. Pierre Bakery and conducted by OnePoll, found that other reasons people would like to relocate include the architecture, castles and shopping, as well as immersing themselves in art galleries, eating brioche and learning about the language are.
It also showed that Americans rate the French lifestyle as fashionable (41 percent), sophisticated (39 percent) and relaxed (37 percent).
Additionally, 37 percent think France is a “foodie country,” with croissants (24 percent), champagne (23 percent) and brioche (16 percent) among the country’s best products.
The poll was commissioned to celebrate St Pierre’s National Brioche Day, which takes place on May 14th.
“It’s clear that whatever the American perception of the French lifestyle, we certainly dream of living it,” said Paul Baker, founder of St. Pierre Bakery.
“We automatically think of pastries, coffee, wine and cheese, and that’s just the food and drink. France is also known for its art galleries, unique landmarks and mix of cityscapes and beaches.”
Almost six in ten adults (56%) have been inspired by the French lifestyle when it comes to their fashion sense (43%), interest in artwork (43%) and cooking (42%).
More than half (59 percent) believe that pop culture, including shows like Emily in Paris, has given them an idea of what it would be like to live in France.
17 percent already speak the language, another 28 percent are just learning.
And many are already enjoying the foods that originated across the Channel, with croissants (30 percent), Dijon mustard (25 percent) and brioche (24 percent) being the most popular staples. Steak fries (22 percent) and soufflé (19 percent) are also top choices.
People haven’t just been inspired by food: US respondents believe that 30 percent of our everyday vocabulary comes from France.
Words and phrases the nation believes come from French include “déjà vu” (25 percent), “fiancé” (23 percent) and “rendezvous” (32 percent).
TOP 30 REASONS WHY US ADULTS WOULD LIVE IN FRANCE:
- Visit to the sights of France, eg Louvre, Pompidou
- to eat out
- Visit to cafes/coffee shops
- visit bakeries
- Visit to French castles
- The history
- Drink French wine
- art galleries
- Visiting France’s beaches
- Visiting the Côte d’Azur
- Visit to wineries
- Hear how the French language is spoken
- Discover hidden treasures
- Visiting the Alps
- Speaking / learning the French language
- Learn to cook French
- French fashion
- Meeting and socializing with locals
- Try new French dishes, such as snails
- Eat French cheese
- Paris fashion week
- Visit to Michelin star restaurants
- brioche bread
- Watch French football, e.g. Ligue 1
- The public transport system
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