Hello can anyone give me any information regarding the recent newspaper article, I think it was in saturdays Daily Mail, it concerned the supposed out rage by locals in Brittany who are protesting about the English buying up "all" the local property and making it impossible for the locals to purchase property.
It was reported that local estate agents had been raided and their property details taken and destroyed, it gave the impression that they were becoming quite "anti-British" and slogans of "British Out" was being painted on walls, it was also quoted that the locals are worried that Brittany may become a British colony.
Just wondered if any ex-pats had been faced with this supposed anti- british attitude.
I have been living here in Eastern France for 13 years and my goal is to try to integrate as well as I can with my neighbours and to live in mutual respect and make good friends. I have been fortunate, and although am still known for being English (having called myself 'la vache folle' to make them laugh a bit), am very happily settled.
However I can well imagine how horrible it must be for the locals to have an ex-pat community of whatever nationality who are unwilling to change their attitudes to fit in with their host country. We are guests (often through choice) in someone's country and should not be trying to create a little England (or Germany) (or Spain) (or Algeria ... dangerous ground!) and isolate ourselves from our kind neighbours who have to put up with all our idiosyncrasies, and often with our making complete fools of ourselves by our pride, lack of respect for others, and complete pigheadedness.
Thank goodness for their tolerance and ability to look beyond our faults.
Learning the language is always a good idea too and there a little goes a very long way to show willingness and adaptability.
For some years now, there have been reports and photos about this sort of thing in Brittany but wouldn't know how true these reports are. Could be just a small incidents blown up out of proportion.
I total agree if you are planning on living in another country you must do all you can to intergrate, learning the host countries language and about their culture can go along way in helping you understand and respect the people of the country you are choosing to live in and in turn hopefully they will learn that we are not all expecting to have our own little patch of England in some one else country.
Back to the original post,there was a snippit on BBC news on Saturday morning about it.The locals were raiding the estate agents,stealing all the brochures and setting fire to them in organised street protests,blaming the Brits of pricing them out of the housing market.
I would have to say its not just happening on Brittany,Cyprus (north and south)are also having a go at the Brits
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