I just want to share this article from The Economist - published on 24/2/12 - because it is one of the first one I’m reading which does not inaccurately depict French Londoners as being only bankers working in The City.
French Londoners are often in their prime. The archetype is a banker with children at the Lycée Français in South Kensington, the established hub of the community (“the 17th arrondissement”), who misses the food and weather of home.
But French Londoners have become a much more diverse group than this archetype allows.
Many young French arrivals in London say they are fleeing rigid social codes, hierarchical corporate culture and a sense of distance from the global swirl of people and ideas.
Not all secure high-flying jobs: many come to study, or to work as au pairs or waiters while perfecting their English, or to find a niche in London’s huge creative industries. Many young French of African or Arab origin also say that there is less discrimination in Britain.