France has been the target of a number of devastating terrorist attacks in recent years. Nevertheless, the country remains a comparatively safe place to live in; expats are much more likely to fall victim to a property crime than a violent one. Property crimes are particularly prevalent in big cities.
In major cities, pickpockets and con artists regularly operate at popular tourist spots or on public transportation. Expats moving to the French countryside, on the other hand, should be aware of the potential dangers caused by forces of nature: there’s a risk of wildfires in the south, of flooding along rivers and creeks, and of avalanches in the mountains.