About half of the 148,000 British citizens in France in 2016 were working – the majority of those aged under 50 years old work, whilst the majority of those aged 50 and over were neither working nor looking for work, according to the latest UK government figures.
Just over a quarter of British citizens live in the south western region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Amongst 25-to-54-year-olds, being close to Paris is most common, with the Île-de-France region home to 10,400 British citizens in this age group.
There were 154,800 French citizens estimated to be resident in the UK in 2013 to 2015; more than half of these were aged 25 to 44 years. Of French citizens working in the UK, 29% worked in the banking and finance sector and 25% worked in the public admin, education and health sector – 65% worked in the higher level professions.