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The cost of living will depend very much on the region in which you live. In France the difference is particularly marked between the Paris region and the other regions (the provinces). Moreover, even in the same town, prices sometimes vary greatly from one district to another.
As in many countries of Europe, housing constitutes the main expense for most French households. In the Paris region, accommodation-related expenditure is, on average, 36% higher than that in other regions. Furthermore, the price of housing in the town centre is generally far higher than on the outskirts.
The structure of the commercial network in France is comparable to that of the other countries of Europe: either small businesses in town centres offering a wide variety of products and brands, at rather high prices, or a network of highly developed large-scale distribution outlets (most selling goods online) on the outskirts, and which offer lower prices for mass market products.
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Text last edited on: 03/2010