After The Expat City Ranking 2021 placed Paris 51st out of 57 cities, we were hardly surprised.
While most of us working at the Local France live in the French capital and enjoy life here, Paris rarely does well in the global rankings of the best cities for foreign residents.
So we decided to ask for your views on life in the City of Light. Is it really as bad as the critics make out?
The answer, according to most of you, is no.
Over half of the scores of people who responded to our survey said that Paris is a good place to live.
This one proved divisive.
Lots of you wrote in to describe Parisians as “rude”, “xenophobic”, and “dirty”. Others even complained that the French don’t speak English. There’s a clue to what language they speak in their name.
“The way Parisians talk about foreigners and other minorities – it’s actually hideous sometimes,” wrote Juan David Romero.
Rameez Sayed said that Parisians are “unfriendly, rude and always have a resting bitchy face.”
“Paris residents exude unhappiness in their own lives and take it out on expatriates as a means to lift their own spirits and provide a target for their animosity,” said Pat Hallam.
“Dating here is brutal,” added Erin Gould. “It’s the least romantic city you can imagine.”
Admittedly, even French people from outside the capital believe in a negative stereotype of the snooty Parisian.
But a number of you said that a little bit of effort can go a long way.
“As long as you make an effort in French, I’ve found Parisians quite lovely,” said Andy McGough.
“There is the rudeness factor but the good outweighs the bad,” added Corinne Lloyd.
Others described Parisians as more kinder than residents of other capital cities, even going as far to compliment their politeness.
“I appreciate the politeness and character of the locals,” said Virginia Choy. “Paris is gentler and less materialistic than London and Sydney.”
Like in every other city around the world, there are good and bad people. And even these labels are pretty subjective.