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At 64, Tajan says he is in good health and is moving to Brussels because of the city’s increasingly cosmopolitan nature as “capital of a European Union that now includes 25 nations”, and because Belgian firms suffer from less red-tape than French and enjoy a more favourable fiscal regime. As a result, he adds, “the French colony in Brussels is growing by the year!”

Tajan says he has had close links with Belgian clients for many years and considers Belgian culture close to French, albeit with more “conviviality”. He considers Brussels “almost a suburb of Paris” now that it is just 90 minutes away by Thalys train, and roguishly calls it “a northern European capital like London, but without the English, therefore ideal”.