LIVING IN FRANCE

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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…

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Roasting chestnuts in the Limousin

Roasting chestnuts is one of those rituals that bring back wonderfull childhood memories. Cook some just before going for a walk through the autumn leaves to keep your hands warm or enjoy them by the fireside with a glass of wine.

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Kouign-aman: a buttery indulgence from Brittany

A traditional pastry from Douarnenez, Brittany, a Kouign-amann means butter cake and is made from risen dough, but using the same method as for flaky pastry… a little effort for a tasty reward.

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