In France, there are several on-line networks for expats. Many concern Paris and the job market. There is one, however, that operates in many areas all over France and shares really good information. It's the Survive France Network.
I saw that there was a fellow, James, who lives in the Loiret. So I had to know where. Turns out he and his wife, Mag., are about 40 kilometers away from me.
We had a nice chat about all sorts of things. It's always wonderful to meet expats in my area. I hope they'll come here to see me.
Monsieur Titi thinks I'm nuts. He says "Are you going to go visit every anglophone in France?" But I think, "Why not?" A French person would never go visit a total stranger, even if they were dying for French company.
Would you go visit someone just because they were American, or English, or South African?