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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

Christmas Festivities

Festivities in France

If there’s one time of year that’s socially acceptable for gluttony, it’s Christmas. In the UK, tables groan under the heavy burden of turkey dinners, served with heaps of crisp roast potatoes and parsnips, followed by rich desserts, and maybe

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Home sweet home: Bertinet’s French patisserie

Renowned Breton baker Richard Bertinet is back with a stunning new guide to simple pastries and desserts that you can make at home. He talks exclusively to Florence Derrick about his inspiration and favourite recipes.

French film

A history of French cinema

France was the birthplace of cinema, and still today has one of the world’s most prolific film industries. The infographic below explores the key players, most popular films and celebrated directors throughout the different eras of French cinema, as well

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The joys of hiking in France

A combination of one too many pains au chocolat and a desire to explore the countryside around Aix en Provence led me to agree to join a superb group of hardy walkers based out of Aix called the International Hiking

The French Property Finders

Become a property finder

Our property finder business model has been proven over the last five years and we are confident that you can be successful. …

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Cèpes à la Bordelaise

This quick and easy recipe brings out the flavour of the cèpes without overpowering their delicate earthiness. Bon Appetit!

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Notes on a French classic: Crème Brûlée

This French classic is so adored the world over that other nations even claim it as their own. Florence Derrick investigates, tasting more than her fair share of the delicious dessert on her way! But how do the supermarket crème brûlées compare?