The joy of French boating

Lovely new boats and endless navigable waterways to explore! Read about the many joys of messing about on a French…

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No social charges in France for non-residents

The highest administrative authority in France has confirmed the European Court of Justice ruling that social charges in France should not apply to income perceived by non-residents. This may give right to a refund of social charges paid on capital gains and rental income.

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Why do notaires in France charge such high fees?

Your questions answered: when you buy a property why are the fees retained by Notaires in France so substantial? There is understandable confusion about this point but in fact most of these monies are collected by the Notaire acting on behalf of the state.

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Foreign exchange: Should I buy my euros now?

So, when should you buy euros? What if you buy now and the rate improves even more? What if you wait and the rate loses ground?
Deciding the right time to buy your euros can be tricky, and your decision will depend on these key factors…

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Belle-Époque opulence at the Musée d’Orsay

A visit to the Musée d’Orsay unveils unexpected delights From grimy railway station to custodian of one of the world’s most important art collections, the building at 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris is a masterpiece of survival.

The Hundred Foot Journey

Film review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey Director: Lasse Hallström Cert: PG Running time: 124 mins Two cinematic legends share the screen in this heart-warming culture-clash comedy which has cuisine at its core. Helen Mirren plays a snooty restaurateur whose Michelin-starred establishment caters for the

Travelling with a dog

Travelling with your pet

There is certainly no better way to explore than by driving. As well as the flexibility to choose your own route and start and stop when you feel like it, you are able to take whatever you want, including your