Top tips on how to make French friends
Most seasoned ex-pats will say its essential to make French friends if you want to really settle in France. So if you're living in France and finding yourself at a loss in the friend department don't fear. We've asked expats including authors and readers of The Local, who know a thing or two about getting in with the French to offer some tips for making pals - or "potes" as they are known in France.
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GET INVOLVED LOCALLY “One thing I think that really helps is to get involved in local issues,” says journalist and author Helena Frith-Powell, who has written extensively about France. “Every village has a mayor so I’d advise getting into local politics." Janine Marsh who runs the website The Good Life France concurs: "Most Town Halls will hold fetes and they are always looking for help. These are often organized by mums with babies, who have access to a wide network of people."
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