The question "why look to retire in Europe" is very easily answered by another question?
"What else could you desire more than Europe has to offer"? when it has so many attractions;
by Richard W
Gascony in SW France is a wonderful, relatively undiscovered part of France. It boarders Spain and the Pyranees Mountains. Home of Armagnac and Fois Gras. its pastoral and relaxed yet close to Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Plus France offers the best health care system in the world and of course some of the best cuisine as well. Viva La France!