chapter  9
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‘Londres Accueil’: Mediations of Identity and Place among the French Highly Skilled in London


We never managed a real social life in London. The truth is, when I’m out of work I don’t even want to speak English. I’m tired of speaking English. It’s not my natural language and I find it hard to switch from English to French . . . I don’t really like meeting people in English so the only friends we met in London are French, so we live a French life in London . . . Everything’s French. We don’t live as English in England, we live as French . . .