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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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Market day in the Dordogne

Market day is important in rural Dordogne – an opportunity to buy fresh food from local producers and catch up on news from friends and neighbours in the area. If you are used to supermarket fruits and vegetables, be prepared to change your shopping habits forever.

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Mais aux Patrons

In certain towns within the Dordogne region, you may notice a new tree planted or tree branches tacked on to the front of local businesses along with a couple of small tricolore flags and a sign annoucing ‘Honneur’. Find out what it means…

CARRIERES DE LUMIERES LES GEANTS DE LA RENAISSANCE Simulation © D.R.

New for 2015: five great French museums

Here’s our pick of five hot museums to head to in 2015: Monnaie de Paris The old Paris mint building is now a museum featuring major exhibitions plus a Guy Savoy-helmed restaurant. • www.monnaiedeparis.fr The Giants of the Renaissance This

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France’s best museums and cultural hotspots

You’re never far from an opportunity to enrich your cultural cachet in France – the country proudly preserves and shares its heritage. Here are a few ideas to inspire your choice of cultural destinations, whether you’re looking for an in-depth

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French legal glossary

Finding your way around French legal terminology is not always easy. Here is a glossary of some of the most commonly used phrases and terms…

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Moret-sur-Loing’s bicycle museum

In the year that the world’s most famous gathering of cyclists, Le Tour de France, kicks off in Utrecht, Holland before snaking an arduous path around l’Hexagone, what better time to point you to a place that fondly remembers when pootling

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Francis I exhibition at Château de Blois

This year, France is celebrating the 500th anniversary of both the accession of King Francis I and the the Battle of Marignano. Several events, such as major exhibitions, will be taking place, one of the most notable at Château Royal