- English community in France
Can’t wait to leave this fair Isle, however I want to advertise my services to that community (and beyond). Don’t really want to get involved other than that.
It would seem trustworthy trades people are harder to find than in the UK, does anyone have any experience with this?Posted 10 years agorichcMember
my brother is working over there as a builder and has been for 2 and bit years in the Dordogne, and he mentions that all work has dried up (some other builders he knows have been out of work since November) and he has a very good reputation for his work and reliability.
Apparently none of the ex-pat community are prepared to change their sterling into euros at the moment, hence tons of work but no money to pay for it. He could get paid in pounds, but he still needs to buy materials in Euro’s so thats a non-starter.Posted 10 years agoStonerMember
I know a guy who went out about 9 years ago. He has a successful building business and has made every effort to become part of the community. His french is fluent and the locals employ him just as much as expats who need works done to their holday homes. He is even on the commune council. He says he’s been so successful only because he has made the effort to get to know all the french mechanisms of life – if you dont go to the trouble it can make life tough. He has earnt the respect he gets from the locals and it shows.
His only complaint is the quality of the local workers (in the building trade). Very hard to find labourers that arent extraordinarily stupid or lazy.
In this economic climate his ex pat work is slowing down because of the currency problem, but his french work is still just about bouyant enough.Posted 10 years agoslowmedownMember
richc speaks the truth, Luckily I’m still very busy, but many people I know are struggling badly. Its not just the ex-pats who aren’t spending money many of my french friends are very short of work as well. One Menuisier (carpenter) I know who usually has months of work booked in has no work to do… Builders merchants are very quiet places…Posted 10 years ago
Thanks guys, my intention has always has been to go and live as a local. I don’t see the point otherwise. Just wanna go live in the mountains and ride me bike and kick back in the sunshine.
I’m learning French and cant wait to get out there.
I took a course at the local college to train as a carpenter entirely for that purpose. So if anyone needs one, i’m happy to travel….Posted 10 years ago
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