The British have a reputation for having a national superiority complex. Yet more than a fifth of us are hiding a shameful truth: we would actually prefer to be French.
Wooed either by a better climate, a more efficient health service, or simply the greater availability of cheap alcohol, the English have long seen France as the perfect retirement destination.
However, a survey of more than 1,000 people aged under 50 suggests that the young are equally dazzled by the Gallic way of life.
Twenty-two per cent would prefer to have been born in France, while 32 per cent would prefer to live there.
Daily Telegraph 10/10/2006