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Crisis Stings Britons in France and Spain

A stumbling British economy is doing what the French have not been able to do in 200 years: rout the British.
A stumbling British economy is doing what the French have not been able to do in 200 years: rout the British. For more than a decade, Englishmen have been one of Britain’s biggest cross-channel exports: they bought second homes in French villages, or even retired there. They came to make up as much as one-fifth of the population in some French villages. But now the flow of Britons is slowing and, in some cases, reversing course. Only instead of bidding them a relieved adieu, many of the French are longing for them — and their money — to stay. Some expatriates have already headed back to Britain, while the movement of others has been curtailed by the stagnant housing market on both sides of the English Channel, though a hard core is determined to remain and pursue the French dream, whatever turmoil rocks the global economy.
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