American expats flock to France – but prefer Paris

American expats continue to flock to France, according to the latest official statistics, but prefer life in Paris than in country’s rural regions.

Data from INSEE show that around 34,000 US expats now life in France, but that 16,500 live in Paris and the surrounding Ile de France region, rather than live elsewhere. Expat Forum cites the presence of international schools in the capital as a key factor in the population trend, while companies doing business in France tend to have headquarters in Paris, making the central city a more convenient place to both work and raise a family.

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