Like or loath the French style of politics, or indeed its bias, you cannot help but admire the French for building and maintaining a society that fundamentally works. The health system is excellent, the education system produces bright and responsible youth, crime is low, and the economy is stable. Whether in planes, trains or automobiles, the infrastructure does what it should, and sensible planning laws result in the steady and sensible development of the country. Consequently its residents are able to enjoy a very high quality of life and a good deal of security.
Moreover, if it is a fairly safe bet that what is the case today will broadly be so in the years to come. So whether your reason for acquiring property here is for lifestyle reasons - main home or second residence - or for investment purposes, one can be confident of it being a safe bet.