France has more second homes than any other European country, with 3.3 million second homes representing 10 percent of the country's housing stock.
That's four times more than Germany, and over the past five years, the buying of second homes in France has gone up 1.7 percent.
But where in France are people coughing up the most cash for their rural property?
A survey by French newspaper Le Journal de Dimanche and French property website Seloger reveals all.
Unsurprisingly, two of the most expensive places to buy your very own piece of rural France were in the sunny south.
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The Gard department in southern France, which is home to the city of Nimes, as well as many, many vineyards – something which is particularly appealing to foreigners – and the south eastern department of Vaucluse, were among the top three most expensive departments in the country.
Average-sized properties in Vaucluse, just 2.5 hours from Paris by TGV, went for an average of €435,649 while in the Gard they went for €358,013.
Meanwhile, luxury properties in Vaucluse went for a whopping €866,576 and in Gard they went for €804,868.
Similarly, the third department making up the top three was Calvados, famed for its apple brandy, in Normandy, which is close to the French capital and is known for its stunning coastline.
Prices in the Calavdos department for average properties were €376,706 and for luxury apartments the average price was €864,919.
“The main motivation is pleasure,” property expert Xavier Boutiron told the French press, adding that the property market in France was “more about passion than reason”.