For me, if I were to leave Spain, next on my list of desirable countries would be Italy I think. I know about the corruption and bureaucracy issues but living in Spain has given me a good preparation for that 😉 . The language should be fairly easy to pick up with Spanish under one’s belt. The climate is not dissimilar, the country is beautiful, the food is more to my taste than Spain’s, ditto the culture.
France’s climate just doesn’t “do it” for me.
Having said that, the next on my list of potential countries of abode would be Eire. Go figure! But it would need the cost of living and price of property there to come down before that became a realistic proposition.