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The French think Croydon is 'dull and monotonous'

Isabelle Aron

Only last week, a survey found that three-quarters of French people living in this city are happier in London than in France. But it looks like that doesn't apply to Croydon, as French newspaper Metro News has written a whole article slagging off what he describes as the 'sad suburb'. The French rugby team have currently made the area their home while they compete in the Rugby World Cup, but French journalist Sébastien Coca suggests that the south London suburb isn't quite worthy of hosting them.

He gives a pretty scathing review of their new surroundings: 'Croydon remains dull and monotonous, especially in its northern part, much more urbanized than the south. This is also the paradox of this suburb where a city we pass the sometimes unkind streets, in suburban neighborhoods with more opulent houses are replicated almost identically before joining...the countryside. Or at least a semblance.' Ouch.

To make matters worse, once they'd settled into their hotel rooms on their first night in the big smoke, the French rugby team were kept up all night by a rowdy Croydon wedding party. So now they're pissed off AND tired. Get it together Croydon, you're showing us up.

The French might hate Croydon but it's not all bad. Here are the best bits of the area and four reasons to pack up and move there.

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