“More and more 18-35s are choosing to emigrate to try their luck in more dynamic countries. The number of young French people applying for visas for Canada, the United States and China has shot up,” reports Le Figaro.
The trend is especially prevalent among those at the upper end of this age bracket: the daily points out that “of the 1.6 million French citizens listed in [the global register of French people living outside France] on April 30, 2013, 44 per cent were between 26 and 40 years of age. And the motivation cited for leaving France was first and foremost for professional reasons.”
In its editorial, the daily notes that —
… the truth is that our country no longer stirs the imagination of its young people. Withdrawn and incapable reforming itself to adapt to the modern world without getting into a flap, it gives the painful impression of wallowing in conservatism and opposition to change.