I’ve lost count of the number of times I have heard it said: “Oh, people don’t have surveys in France.”
Well they certainly do, and anyone telling you otherwise should probably know better. It is true the French themselves hardly ever commission a pre-purchase survey, partly for historic reasons and partly because there are still very few French building surveyors. But many English-speaking buyers wouldn’t dream of buying a house in France without first obtaining a proper survey.
For more information I think you’ll find this independent WikiHow article of interest: