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Why France is best place to live in world

By Sama Team | February 12, 2010

That is the title of a post published on CNN: 'Why France is best place to live in world'. Bindi Dupouy is Australian, she lives in Paris and she's married to a French man. Most of the Sama Team members live in Paris and we were very happy to read that France was voted the best place in the world to live for the fifth year in a row by International Living magazine.

Let's find out the reasons exposed in CNN's article by Daniela Deane:

Dupouy, a 28-year-old lawyer, got almost five months paid maternity leave from her company for the birth. She can take another seven months off beyond that -- a year total -- unpaid, if she wants, with her job guaranteed under French law [...] One of the reasons France keeps winning the ranking is its world-class health care system, which Dupouy just experienced first-hand [...] France scores high marks across the board in the survey, which is done every January, from health care (100 points) to infrastructure (92 points) to safety and risk (100 points). "No surprise," said the magazine in its report. "Its (France's) tiresome bureaucracy and high taxes are outweighed by an unsurpassable quality of life, including the world's best health care." "The bread, the cheese, the wine," Dan Prescher, special projects editor at the magazine, told CNN, when asked why France just keeps on winning year after year. "That weighs pretty heavily in quality of life."

We agree on "The bread, the cheese, the wine," but everything is not that perfect in the 'the best place in the world to live':

Of course, France too has its problems. The country suffers from high youth unemployment, particularly among the disaffected young people who live in its equivalent of the projects, known as les banlieues. Late last year, the French government opened a national discussion about national identity, which has evolved into debates over whether immigrants, and particularly Muslim immigrants, are French enough. The country has the highest Muslim population of any European country, with an estimated six million living in the country. But for the most part, French people enjoy a good lifestyle. International Living says that during their large chunk of leisure time, the French enjoy visiting the country's many beaches and Alpine ski resorts.

As Premium members of the Sama Epicurean Fraternal Society, we fully enjoy everything France offers as was mentioned previously: the bread, the cheese, the wine. French health care system is amazing and it's a privilege some people have fought for for decades (Read: Senator Edward Kennedy died at 77) but it's also very expensive and hardly sustainable. Paris is a beautiful city and the survey noted that "romantic Paris offers the best of everything, but services don't fall away in Alsace's wine villages, in wild and lovely Corsica, in lavender-scented Provence." That's for the scenery of postcard. Like any other country, France is facing numerous difficulties: high youth unemployment, economic crisis and the national discussion about national identity created quite a bad atmosphere in the country, revealing sweeping and fallacious (if not racist) generalizations about immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants...

So yes, France is a great country on many aspects, as French citizens we shouldn't complain if we look at what other people are living in devastated countries. But the truth is the quality of life for the middle class is not good enough to enjoy the lovely postcard description which is made. There are many working poor and low-income workers, and all the good bread, the cheese and the wine won't change that. So yes, France is a beautiful country and a great place to live but the other side of the coin is much less shiny and we should not avoid it when we describe France. On the other hand, it's difficult if not impossible to summarize the living in France in a few words. French people are well known for complaining a lot, sometimes for nothing important, but some other times, they have good reasons to complain.

We are happy France is presented as being 'the best place in the world to live' by International Living magazine. We wish this feeling could be shared by more French citizens.


Sama Reader Gino


France is a great country but Italy is much, much better 😛

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm


Sama Reader Arnold


I totally agree. France is maybe the most beautiful country in the world but everything is not as perfect as described in this article on CNN…. I love France but there are many problems that need to be solved, and quickly or they will get worse :roll:

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm


Sama Reader Fonzy


Why is that???

-the national discussion about national identity created quite a bad atmosphere in the country, revealing sweeping and fallacious (if not racist) generalizations about immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants-

I don’t get it ..

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm


Sama Reader Karmitto


Fonzy, it’s a stupid debate over who is really french and who is not. Like there is rule somewhere. It’s a shame to ask people that question and it divides everyone in France. SHAME!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm


Sama Reader Nouni


Everyone thinks his country is better that the other one.

I think Belgium is the best country, I’ve been there for vacations and I really enjoyed staying there 😛

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm


Sama Reader Oleg


I don’t think Russia is the best country, each country has something special.

Maybe FRance is overrated then 😉

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm


Sama Reader Thomas


I think French should stop complaining and take matters into their own hands. As a movie journalist, I’m proud of the movies industry in France even if I don’t like all french movies, they are sometimes too depressing 😉

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm


Sama Reader Yull


I would love to live in France 😈

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 11:04 pm


Sama Reader Dittta


I’d love to live in Spain. Pilar, I wish I could come and visit you someday!

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 2:48 am


Sama Reader N’Gaye


I’m from Congo but I spend a lot of time in France and the country is good for people. Maybe it’s not perfect but it’s not worse than Congo!! The ones complaining don’t know what it is to live in a country in war :(

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 5:25 am


Sama Reader Pilar


Hola Dittta! You are very welcome to visit me in Barcelona, when you want just tell me 😛

I agree with this post, France is a beautiful country but it’s not the only one. I live in Spain and I love it Jajaja

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 10:19 am


Sama Reader Juliette


Hi everyone! Living in France my judgment is biased but I also think France is the best place to live. We are facing problems like any other country that’s right but we are still very lucky to live in France, just for the reasons mentioned by N’Gaye. We should never forget how privileged we are……… So many people are suffering everyday in the world but we at least have a roof on our heads.

This post is very well argumented, I think Max wrote it, didn’t she?

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11:53 am


Sama Reader Moshuo


Juliette, I was thinking the exact same, sounds very like Max. Always looking for the bright and dark side of a situation. It’s great to read her on the Gazette 😉


Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm


Sama Reader Gino


Dittta, you are also very welcome in Italy 😉

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm


Sama Reader JohnnieW


The French only work 35 hours a week………. How do French companies can stay competitive???

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm


Sama Reader Ponditi


That’s a good question Johnnie!

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm


Sama Reader JBKaval


France is not a perfect country. There are nice villages and cities but Juliette I think we can complain about how the money is spent for bad motives. Something very bad is the discussion about national identity, Karmitto is correct when he said it is a shame.

Besides that, I would like to move in South Africa (and it’s not to go the Farm of the celebrities) :mrgreen:

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm


Sama Reader Arnold


LOL JB the Farm of the Celebrities…….. Has been and losers, forget it 😉

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 12:07 am


Sama Reader Josh


French women are sexy. My roommate had a French girlfriend and she was really hot. Almost made out with her but she moved the day after they broke 😳 😛

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 5:19 am


Sama Reader PtitJean


All French women are not sexy, far from it I would say!

Italian are sexier, I love Monica Bellucci 😉

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 10:41 am


Sama Reader Gino


LOL Josh, too bad for you :)

I agree with you on Italian women PtitJean, they are very hot 😛

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 11:23 am

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