I keep reading about these foreigners who live in Paris or live in France. 'A year in Provence'-- off we go, happy carefree, to our new house. No one ever tells you what the foreigners *do* so as to be able to live in France, let alone how they got a visa or whatever. I must assume they're all independently wealthy or working for a foreign firm, because I know living in Japan involves definitely being independently wealthy, working for a foreign firm, or teaching English.
Oh, forgot the obvious-- married to a French person.