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Guides for everyday life in France

Practical GuidesThis section is packed with information on everyday life in France, advice to help you establish new routines and run your life whether you are buying a holiday home or making a more permanent move. Start by checking out our articles on the most common issues (see right), including driving in France, getting set-up with utilities in France, installing a pool in France, French weather, computers and TV and having pets in France. If you would like to make a contribution to the zone, please get in touch.

Practical Tips

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Bright ideas to help you with the everyday tasks of French life

Last Call Return in France
Finding cheap car fuel
Buying firewood

Public Holidays in France

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Some dates for your diary. more

Moving to France check list

Get organised with our check-list of things to do... More...

Flying to France?

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Visit the FrenchEntrée Flights to France map to view the airlines flying from the UK airports to France.

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Editor's Pick

Editor's Pick

May/June issue of the magazine is out now!

small 104The new issue of FrenchEntrée is out now! It's packed with articles on French holidays from the D-Day landing beaches and Bastia, Corsica to where to enjoy the Tour de France in 2014 and where to go in the mountains in summer, as well as features on French gardens, living in Provence, delicious recipes from Daniel Galmiche, plus advice on buying and living in France from property finders and tax and law experts. Click here for a sample or consider our latest subscription offers.

Warning for property owners. Act now on 2015 inheritance law changes

by Stone King LLP • October 2013 © mediterranean - Action should be taken now by people owning property in France in order to benefit from the new 2015 European inheritance rules.

Love, Marriage and Property in France

April 2014 ©amathieu via fotoliaThese days, with marriage rates at their lowest ever, if you are moving to France there is a tax-efficient alternative to marriage available.

The stress of living the dream

Sally Stone offers some advice © Edpictures - Fotolia.comHaving lived here for three years, I'd forgotten what a shock it can be coming to live in France. But I’m witnessing at close hand a friend who has just made the move and how hard it is for them to adjust. Any suggestions how I can help? more...

Decorating with vintage finds

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Brocantes and vide-greniers are addictive! A few well chosen, good quality vintage pieces can mix well with all kinds of décor.

Renewing your UK passport in France

April 2014 © Ronald Hudson - Fotolia.comIf you need a new or replacement passport, here's the information and a link to the application form... more...

French postal service La Poste

©lemezza via flickrThe French post office provides banking and insurance services as well as its primary function of distributing mail... more...

The Not Forgotten Association

Not Forgotten Association Founded in 1920 as a direct result of WWI, The Not Forgotten Association is one of the UK’s oldest military charities ... more...

Dating in France

Getting back in the game the second time around ©Frenchentree.comRomance in France? If you fancy a life à deux the answer could be just a click away... more...

Our 5 favourite romantic French films

When the French do romance on film, it’s not just rom com-mon, it’s l’amour! Here is a selection of our favourite romantic French films, as voted by the members of ... more...

The Best of British Paint delivered to France

UK Paint DepotIt's amazing how many people have an issue with paint in France. Next to finding a good cup of tea there isn't many things that have annoyed the average expat in France (well maybe a couple of others). French paint is renowned for being expensive and inferior to English paint... more...

Texting in French

Understanding the ki, kwa, kan, pk (who, what, when and why)

Mobile phoneThere was a time when it was enough to be able to converse in the boulangerie and skim read the local journal to get by in France. But what should you do when a friend sends you a message like ‘mrci pr le kfe’? The answer is to text them back... more...

Making the most of your sterling in France

Make the most of your sterlingManaging your finances in another country presents a number of potential pitfalls. Local tax systems and finance regulations are some of the biggest hurdles to overcome; but getting the basics right can be relatively easy with the correct know-how and support. more...

Making your French life a success

van on roadFor some, the dream of a new life in France doesn't work out. For others it is hugely successful. How do you make sure you fall into the latter category? We take a look at the common problems cited by those who give up on French life. more...

Retiring to France?

What you need to know smiling woman abstract Moving to France is a big step whatever age you are. But there are some issues that are more like to affect those retiring or planning to retire. Elaine Douglas gives advice on what to expect and how to deal with it.

Points on your French driving licence?

French driving licence smallHad a ticket recently and not sure how many points are left on your licence? Or perhaps you're unclear about whether points lost years ago have been returned? There's an easy way to find out more...

'I don't belong here!' What it's like for children moving to France

kids in franceHow does it feel to move to France when you're a child? To leave behind all that is familiar for a country you may know little about, and where you don't speak the language?
Plus! What to do - and not do - to help your child adjust more...

Save a Fortune on Currency Exchange

Currency ExchangeWhether you need advice or an international money transfer quote, FrenchEntree's currency partner - Moneycorp - can help. Visit the France currency exchange zone.

Handcrafted pine furniture - delivered

Kubek PinesAt Furniture Trends we have a team of dedicated, highly experienced craftsmen. We manufacture and export solid furniture of high quality providing the best value for money possible. Start shopping online!

Need French healthcare?

Essential HealthcareExclusive Healthcare offer Top Up health insurance to residents and home owners in France. Private health cover is also available. Learn More

Expat Health Insurance in France

If you've moved to France, don't forget expat health insurance. Cigna have more than 30 years experience at providing global healthcare. Find out more.

Mobile homes for sale in France from £5,995

Caravans in the Sun New sited mobile homes from £16,995 and resale sited mobile homes from £5,995. Sites open for 12 months of the year. Aquitaine, Brittany, Dordogne, Languedoc, Pas-de-Calais and the Vendee.

Surrender to French!

Frantastique Introducing Frantastique - Personalized French lessons online! The lessons are humorous, practical and include a wide variety of accents. Test the service for free for 7 days: Go for it!

International school of Cote D'Azur

Ebica International SchoolEBICA offers students a complete double French-English curriculum from Preschool to High School. Visit

Financial advice & solutions for people relocating to France

Siddalls Download Siddalls help sheets for "your new life in France" by clicking here.

UKtelecom Special Offer

UK Telecom40% off your broadband & FREE CALLS to French and UK mobiles. Management of new line installations, unlimited call packages and much more. Save money here.

French Insurance in English

Asttral InsuranceAll your Insurance requirements from an Independent Broker. Health, Cars, Property, Marine, Commercial, etc. Get a quote from Asttral.

British Corner Shop

British Corner Shop
The online supermarket for expats, selling over 8,000 British products delivered to your door. Start shopping.

Travel light. Downsize luggage.

Box On LineYour toiletries delivered to any holiday or business address in France, Corsica & Monaco. Out of your bag into a box! Visit today.

Furniture for France

Furniture for FranceUK Sofas, living room, bedroom, kitchen and office furniture available in quality Oak and Pine. Many styles. Home delivery. visit the website.

Breakdown Direct European breakdown cover

European breakdown cover Breakdown Direct offers you great value European breakdown cover and first class service, with 24/7 emergency support from AXA Assistance, one of the world’s leading emergency assistance companies.

Property For Sale in France


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