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06/08/2018 - 17:05

Choose Dieppe

R3l 8995 <p>I was born in Brighton and grew up in Dieppe, two towns I love deeply and that have helped me become the person I am. Time flies, friends come and go, relatives sadly pass away, but as years go by, both Brighton and Dieppe manage to retain their identity. In an age where everything is moving at the speed of light, I find that reassuring and comforting in many ways. Over the past few years, I however realized I had come to defend and promote Dieppe a lot more than Brighton, probably because this French town needs more ambassadors and publicity than London-by-the-sea does.</p> <p>According to the Office for National Statistics, Brighton&rsquo;s population will increase by 17,100 by 2026 and the famous seaside resort is expected to become one of the top performing cities in the UK in terms of economic and employment growth across the coming months and years. Unfortunately, the same cannot really be predicted for Dieppe. Despite being France&rsquo;s oldest seaside resort and the closest beach to Paris, this dynamic middle-sized town isn&#39;t experiencing the growth in jobs and population that other parts of the country are seeing, and especially that it deserves.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have always said that Dieppe is a real gem of a town and a place unlike any other. It&rsquo;s a great town to live, visit and invest, but has yet to unveil all its potential. I met a British couple on the beach three weeks ago who had just moved to Dieppe from Brighton as they were having difficulty affording the high cost of living on the other side of the Channel. They said they were impressed by the quality of life Dieppe offers and were surprised by the town&rsquo;s infrastructure, facilities and affordable property prices. Word-of-mouth will now do the job around them but its important to get the word out there in the first place.</p> <p>Today more than ever, I can therefore say that you don&rsquo;t have to go far to experience the best of all that France has to offer. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous food &amp; drink, historic streets, good shops, authentic caf&eacute;s and brasseries, bustling markets and a touch of douceur de vivre can all be found right here in Dieppe. Simply hop on the ferry and four hours later you&rsquo;ll be sipping a coffee at the Tout Va Bien.&nbsp;</p> <p>Good news though is that the wind has already started to turn. Since the beginning of the year, both ferry passenger numbers and visitor numbers are on the rise. The good weather has certainly helped, but many people have also begun to rediscover Dieppe, which I like to call Normandy&rsquo;s coolest town. Neither snobby nor shabby, distinctively different to many other seaside towns which are either rundown, either somewhat pretentious, Dieppe has finally started to catch the tourists&#39; eyes again. Many people are also choosing to settle and live in Dieppe.</p> <p>Just like London, which is seeing the biggest exodus to other parts of the UK for more than a decade, Paris&rsquo; population is also declining. 40,000 people have left the city in the past five years, and while most are heading to the suburbs or the South of France, others are buying properties in Dieppe, which is easily accessible from the capital via rail or road. Investors are also choosing Dieppe. Opposite the train station, entrepreneur Jean-Edouard Criquioche is currently building one of France&rsquo;s most unique cinemas, which will boast eight ultra-modern movie rooms when it opens its doors next year. A consortium of investors, architects, planners and allied professionals have also selected Dieppe as the location for Normandy&rsquo;s Oceanography Centre, which will be nothing less than one of Europe&rsquo;s biggest aquariums in 2021.&nbsp;</p> <p>Choose Dieppe to visit, live or invest: you won&rsquo;t regret it!&nbsp;</p>

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