Only just noticed this thread. Marks article is tosh, sorry Mark but really. 🙁 How much time have you spent in France to arrive at those opinions?)
Ah, takes me back.
This article was not meant to be taken too seriously. The whole idea was to have some fun with the French Mistress (Helena Frith-Powell) vs. The Spanish Property Doctor (me). Like in a debating society my job was to defend Spain and trash France, and have fun in the process. I think you missed the point.
As it happens I love France and love going to the South to visit friends like Helena. It takes me just two and a half hours by car to reach them, which is great advantage of living in this part of Spain.