France and the United Kingdom share ties stretching back hundreds of years.
Today, millions of British and French travel between the two countries
to work, to explore, and, sometimes, to stay.
These are their stories.
Professor Colin McGruckin is a cancer researcher based in Lyon. Dedicated to developing better treatments for the future, Colin prints skin samples using a 3D printer to test medicines but also cosmetics. Discover his story and the incredible work he does!
My best memory in France was my first-ever invitation from a friend to his family's country house. It was the first time I spent a weekend away with just French people. And no phone signal – instead we just ate, drank, laughed, talked, played games - and had a great time.
Coming out of the Pont de Neuilly metro station in 1992 when I first moved here and realising that I was in a city of 10 million people and I knew no-one and that I was going to have to do something about it.
When I first started to look for a job in London after my internship, I felt overwhelmed because I didn't have much savings, not much of experience (basically none), nowhere to stay and London was so big and impressive that I felt completely lost. Being in this situation, London made me realise that we can achieve much more than we think ourselves capable of.
Alex is a French artist who shares most of his time between Paris and London. Over the years, he said this experience has opened him up to the world. Watch his story now!
Swimming the Channel is without doubt one of the greatest challenges on the planet both mentally and physically. But you learn that very ordinary people can allow themselves to have the most incredible and unbelievable dreams and make them come true. Nothing great is easy, but very often it is possible. It is achievable and sport is a wonderful passport to friendships.
One of my best memories of my life in France is when, a few years ago, I was sat at dinner with some French friends. Half way through, I realised that I was no longer translating from French to English in my head. It dawned on me that I was thinking in French – it was the most incredible moment! I wanted to cry I was so happy! It felt like one door had closed and a hundred more had opened. It just clicked, then and there and I felt as though I was finally becoming a true Parisienne.
Strasbourg-born Alice has been working as an architect in London for 10 years. The firm where she works, AL__A has just completed a project at the Victoria and Albert Museum and are now working on a new project at Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
I’ve spent delightful springtime weeks exploring the rugged coast of Brittany, the rolling colza fields north of Paris, the Pyrenean mountainsides and the vineyards of Bordeaux, which is where I now live. Perched on the saddle of a bicycle is arguably the best way to visit France and to enjoy not only its wide open spaces, but also the countless small towns and villages that have managed to retain their own timeless heart and soul.