Re: Bloody foreigners...
I went to Eymet in the Dordogne in 1998 to visit friends (since divorced sadly). We drove down there in our Skoda Felicia.
The area was in economic decline for a long time, and suffering gradual depopulation until the Brits started buying up properties which were often derelict or in poor repair, and thus bringing a lot of new money into the local economy. This area was ruled by the British in the middle ages so there are long standing connections, and the cricket league has been going for many years.
As long as they learn the language and try and fit in, then many locals have no objection..I mean their presence has helped keep schools and other facilities open. Of course some locals are equivocal about the Brits taking over, but they prefer us to the Germans by and large. So its not all good for the French, but its not all bad either, not by a long way.