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Country life ‘ideal’ but...

One in four French people (81%) think country living is the “ideal life”, a new survey shows. This is despite 46% saying the top factor they link to it is “socio-economic difficulties”.

Those who actually live in the country cited “quality of life” and only 5% wanted to move.

All agreed that rural-dwellers were the most “abandoned” for public services. With the lack of jobs and transport, this puts many off moving to the country.

The poll of 1,000-plus people, run by the association Familles Rurales, says more use oftechnology for teleworking and telemedicine could help.

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