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Important References

The main government organizations, resources and services in France all in one place.
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Emergency Numbers

  A handy list of important numbers:   These are important numbers for the emergency services in France. You can…

Latest articles on living in France

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The Haute Somme: a wealth of heritage to be discovered

The Haute Somme’s varied landscape consists of a high meandering valley, dotted with lakes surrounded by lush greenery and starting points for pleasant walks and bike rides. The historical legacy of the Great War is brought to the fore in

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10-second CV: Mélanie Laurent

Name: Mélanie Laurent Born: 21 February 1983 Early career: Mélanie was spotted for the first time by Gérard Depardieu while visiting the set of ‘Asterix and Obelix’ with a friend. He asked her if she wanted to act in movies,

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10 of the best French foods

10 of the best: French classics ◗ Baguette – It goes without saying, but you can never tire of this most français of French staples. When in France, don’t go a day without one… ◗ Crêpes – These thin Breton pancakes

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How to be a vegetarian in France

As a vegetarian in France, eating out can be difficult, to say the least. There must be vegetarian French people, but where are they? Perhaps they stay at home to eat. On many occasions I have been assured of a

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À votre santé! Fantastic French cuisine

The world of French cuisine – where do we begin? In this country of culinary delights, each time of the day is well catered for. The entire nation awakes to the divine scent of freshly baked baguettes and silky butter croissants, bitter


First date with a Frenchman

First dates can be nerve-wracking enough, but cooking a three-course French dinner for a Frenchman can turn into a downright disaster – as Cathe learnt the hard way!