“I am an author, poet and artist, and have written a book entitled 'A Call From France'. I took a long time to settle here in France and in fact loathed it at first, but I am happy with the French way of life now. We live in the Charente Maritime, near La Rochelle. We bought a derelict old domaine & have totally restored it ourselves.”
How good is your French? I do not, in fact, advocate fluency where fluency is not going to happen, and I always insist people try to not worry about it too much. As long as you get your message across it really doesn’t matter so very much.
At the edge of my village, I have frequently driven past a small stone monument. On it is a plaque dedicated to some French Resistance workers who were shot dead by the Germans during World War II in August 1943.