I found this sweet article from timesonline.co.uk
PIRATES OF the Caribbean star Johnny Depp lives in a farmhouse “near St Tropez” with Vanessa Paradis and their two children.
“I was very lucky that something steered me to France. I came here in 1998 and immediately felt at home, really at home. It is still possible to live a simple life in France. You can go to the market, walk about, and buy your fruit and vegetables from the locals — just as they did here 100 and 200 years ago.
“I can walk to a tiny village from my home, sit in a cafe, smoke a cigarette with my coffee and be left alone. That’s what I enjoy — the cafe and, of course, the culture. We have moments when our kids are playing, and we look at one another and think, ‘Thank God we escaped.’ And I add, ‘Thank God for France.’ It doesn’t get any better than this.”