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Working in France: Top Tips & Advice

‘A common error made by a lot of foreign business owners who moved to my area was to think that France was basically the same as back home, except for the language and this just isn’t the case,’. See what people working in France are saying.

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Moving house? A handy removal countdown checklist

This is a comprehensive list of things to do at various points during the removal process. Following this checklist will take away some of the pressure of thinking of too many things at once, or having to make last minute changes for forgotten necessities.

Importing and registering a UK vehicle in France

Importing a UK vehicle and registering it in France

This fact sheet explains the procedure for importing and registering a UK registered motor vehicle or trailer/caravan in France. (The procedure is more or less the same for importing a vehicle from any EU country.) It applies to anyone living

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Grow your own vegetables in France

There’s nothing like the pleasure of eating vegetables fresh from your own garden. The flavour and texture far exceed anything you can buy in a shop. Growing vegetables is also a natural incentive to to spend time outdoors. It is not necessary to have a large space to begin a vegetable garden, you can start one with just a few pots.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Want to know what your carbon footprint is? Measure how green your lifestyle is the impact it’s having on the environment.

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Pet passport procedure

A pet passport means that your much-loved animal can easily travel with you to France, but getting your pet ready for travel can take weeks or months. Vet Diana James takes you through the process, step-by-step.

EU Citizen Voting Rights in France

If you are a EU citizen residing in France (primary residents only), you have the right to vote in both European elections and local communal elections. You will need to register before December 31.

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Learning how to taste wine

Wine is a complex beverage, or at least it should be, and to understand a wine’s complexity and depth you need to analyze it.

Advertise your business

FrenchEntrée offers a flexible and proven range of online and print marketing solutions to suit every type of company and every pocket. Our advertisement packages are highly effective for all kinds of businesses in successfully achieving a wide range of

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Top tips for buying overseas

If you’re buying property in France then you will need to make an international money transfer to move your money from the UK to France. The traditional way of doing this is with a high street bank; however you could

Tips to sell your French home faster

What is the best approach if you’re planning to put your house on the market, or if it has lingered on the market for a while? Three ways savvy sellers can make their property stand out from the competition.

Diagnostic surveys

The role that Diagnostic surveys play in the purchase of a house in France is very different from what you may be used to.

Preparing Your Pool for Winter

Preparing your pool for the winter is an essential task that will keep the pool and equipment in good condition ready for quickly re-opening the pool in the spring. Here is a guide to the procedure that should be followed…

Buying a property to renovate in France

Many of the properties for sale come with that key caveat. they ‘need work’. Our expert contributor shares tips for buying a property to renovate in France.

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Buying in France – avoid the common pitfalls

The French conveyancing system is very well organised and secure. There is no equivalent of reported problems with non existent title deeds (such as in Cyprus) or invalid planning permissions (such as in Spain). So what should those preparing to buy a property in France be wary of?

Healthcare in France – An Introduction

Introduction: Although being expensive to maintain – the World Health Organisation has stated that France spends 11% of GDP on healthcare and outranks major countries on this basis – France offers a wide choice of general practitioners and healthcare specialists.

School Insurance in France

When you register your child for school you will be asked for an attestation d’assurance scolaire (certificate of School Insurance). This confirms that your child is covered for damage caused by them to school property or other people. To be

Choosing a pool in France

There is an unbelievable choice of swimming pools available nowadays. Here, Chris Harrison of Piscine-Plus runs through how they differ in terms of price, space, number of pool users, filter type, sanitation and security.

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French state education – an introduction

French state education is well-organised, well-funded and with generally average to high standards in comparison to other European countries. The state system is also complemented by a comprehensive network of Private Schools including international schools…

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Renewable energy suppliers in France

If you would like to choose an alternative or greener supplier of electricity in France, there are providers who can supply energy produced only from renewable sources such as hydropower, wind power and biomass…

Legal Considerations When Installing a Pool

All in ground swimming pools in France require planning permission. Abris or pool houses also require planning permission, but above ground pools that are not built as a permanent structure do not.

Insurance – Confusion for Expats…

Insurance broker Aon conducted an online survey. It was sent to five-hundred English speakers in France (66% of which are British). There was some interesting feedback concerning confusion with French insurance…

Insuring your house in France

In France, insuring your main place of residence against fire, theft and natural causes is not obligatory but it is advisable. However, you do have to insure yourself against damage you could accidently cause your French neighbours

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Starting a Wine Cellar

Do you love wine and dream of having a wine cellar of your own instead of just buying a bottle when needed? This simple guide to starting a wine cellar will show you how to go about it.

French national anthem: La Marseillaise

The french national anthem “La Marseillaise” got its name during the French revolution because it was sung by troops from Marseille upon arriving in Paris. Here are the words in French and English.

An Introduction to Wine

A brief introduction to wine, its components and how it is made. Wine is produced from the fermented juice of the grapes of the Vitis Vinifera, a species of vine known to man for millennia. A number of natural factors are important …

La France : un état laïque

The separation of church and state has an impact on school and public administration. France is a secular state, but what are the implications of “laïcité” in everyday life?

Need some more plants?

Image not found.One of the joys of gardening is seeing your garden grow in sheer numbers of plants that you have produced yourself. Obviously there is always the time and …

Tax Simulation 2018 Online

The 2018 income tax simulator was put online in early January by the impots.gouv website. Official and free, it allows you to estimate how much income tax you will have to pay this year. After completing the simulation form online,

10 Reasons to Visit the Loire

1 – River of dreams The mighty river that gives the region its name stretches from its source in the Massif Central for over 1,000 kilometres to the Atlantic. Along the way, it meanders largely along a broad, flat valley

The Old and the New

The digital revolution may have transformed Nadia Jordan’s life in rural France, but she hasn’t lost sight of the traditional values which first drew her here…   Much as I welcome the huge advances in modern technology that allow me

Rate Alert: Sterling Cracks 1.15 Against the Euro

The pound-to-Euro exchange rate has moved above 1.15  after some poor data from the Eurozone. Whilst a similar level was achieved briefly on the 22nd March this year, we will need to go as far as May last year to

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Planning your property inspection trip to France – Top Tips

Once you’ve narrowed down your search area, you can book appointments to view the properties you have selected either through your property finder or with the French estate agents directly. Before you set out on your property inspection trip, here are some top tips to make the most of the time and funds at your disposal.

Buying in France – at a Glance

New to the French property market? Our comprehensive guide will help you find your bearings…   The process of buying property in France is actually pretty straightforward and well-regulated. Every year, many thousands of overseas buyers purchase new homes in

Gard vs Vaucluse

PROPERTY SHOWDOWN We consider the best reasons to buy in these neighbouring areas jostling for position in the sunny south of France… GARD The Gard, a desirable location in the south of France, is a geographically diverse département with varied

Buying Case Study – Uncharted Charente

The Sills have had many adventures in the old farmhouse they bought in deepest Charente back in 2000. Their love affair with France is still going strong, they tell Sylvia Edwards Davis   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: How did you pick this

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I’m English – can I leave my French house to my children tax free?

Charlotte Macdonald, a specialist international and cross border solicitor at Stone King experienced with dealing with Anglo/French matters, answers frequently asked questions relating to UK inheritance tax when owning property in France. UK inheritance tax If you are ‘domiciled’ in

Taste of the Terroir – The Vienne

Famous for its picturesque green pastures, for the majestic River Vienne, and as the land of Futuroscope, this beautiful department in Poitou-Charentes is perhaps less known for its gastronomy. However, there are many culinary delights to enjoy, as Nina Richards

10 REASONS TO VISIT – The Charente

1 – Variety show Flanked by the Dordogne and Charente-Maritime departments, the tranquil Charente has a wealth of enticing elements to lure visitors, from dreamy waterways to historic villages, from castles and rolling fields to its world famous booze, Cognac.

La Coterie Lodge: Explore La Creuse

Looking for a house, home, or a holiday ? Explore La Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Short or long stay available – Open all year   Family friendly lodges with swimming pool and 6 acres of gardens and woodland A small exclusive and

Weddings Near Carcassonne

Perfect for weddings, anniversary and birthday celebrations near Carcassonne and Toulouse   L’ABBAYE CHATEAU DE CAMON Peter Lawton, formerly the manager of the Samling Hotel in Lake Windermere, and his interior designer wife Katie invite you to enjoy their exclusive

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Easter in France

During Easter in France, chocolate eggs are just as popular as chocolate fish and bells, as you may have noticed from the irresistible displays in shop windows.

Taste of the terroir – Champagne region

When in Champagne, for many of us the temptation is to think solely about the region’s identity-defining booze. But beyond the bubbles, cellars, châteaux and vineyards, fizz-guzzling foodies can also find plenty of fine regional grub to get their teeth

WIN! A HOLIDAY WORTH £560 FOR UP TO 4 PEOPLE

WIN a week in this cosy gîte in BrittanyIn partnership with online rental specialist French Connections, we are offering you the chance to win a holiday at The Gîte. With a heated pool and gorgeous lake views, this charming property,

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS – ASK THE EXPERTS

The FrenchEntrée Property Team answer more of your frequently asked questions   Q – We would like to buy a property we can rent out when we are not there. What would you suggest? A – To optimise your return,

France’s Five Best Beaches

  House hunting is exhausting work. So why not stretch your legs or squeeze in a spot of sunbathing on the warm sand between viewings? Wherever your search takes you, a paradisical plage awaits 1 La Grande Plage, Biarritz It’s

Five of France’s Sweetest Spots

  La Belle France is home to a bounty of unique confectionery. So, if you’re house hunting in these areas, make sure you save some room to indulge in their signature treats…   1 Brittany: Kouign-Amann Pastry chef Thierry Lucas

Buying Guide – Timeless Tarn

Gloriously rural, but dotted with charming fortified villages, stone houses and sleepy towns, the Tarn is a little pocket of France from the past, says Dominic Bliss   There’s a hilltop village in the Tarn called Cordes-sur-Ciel. It’s said to

Everyday French Roasts

  The bestselling author of Ripailles Stéphane Reynaud turns his attention to roasts for every day of the week. Here are three favourites with classic side dishes   Rôti de boeuf en cocotte d’oignons Roast beef on a bed of

Taste of the Terroir – Burgundy

Historic Burgundy has long been a thriving agricultural region. This has influenced the Bourguignons to create rustic and hearty meals from locally sourced ingredients, as Nina Richards reveals   Burgundy is home to some of the finest jewels of French

Crêpes Normandes

  Wickedly indulgent and loved by anyone with a sweet tooth, this is my variation on simple pancakes with butter fried apples, pears and caster sugar. This is delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   PREPARATION: 15

Sole aux épinards

  Fresh from the sea, wonderful sweet-tasting sole, pan-cooked with fresh spinach make this a treat both for the cook and the friends at your table.   PREPARATION: 10 MINUTES COOKING: 25 MINUTES SERVES: 6 Ingredients 50g (2oz) butter 2

Buying Hotspots – LUBERON, Provence

LUBERON Provence The Luberon attracts more and more international home-owners, seeking both main residences and holiday homes, not least because of its crystal-clear blue skies, countless pretty villages perched on hilltops and magical landscapes of lavender fields, olive groves and

PARIS – The Property Boom

Boosted by the Macron Effect, confirmation of the 2024 Olympics and the last-minute Brexit rush, the capital is in the midst of a housing boom. So now is the time to buy, says Caroline Harrap… Paris is always a good

Introducing Le Chalet Delys

Located in the heart of Les Houches close to the Bellevue cable car and also the Prarion lift as well as all the local amenities this small development of only 10 spacious apartments for outright purchase will be finished to

Some Cautionary Tales

  1. When buying a property in France, you must never pay any part of the purchase price direct to the seller. The full purchase price (less the deposit which may sometimes be paid to the estate agent) must be

Buying Hotspots – DOMFRONT, Orne, Normandy

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track   DOMFRONT Orne, Normandy Located in Orne, Domfront really captures what the more verdant side of Normandy has

What is an Apostille?

  An Apostille is a certificate that makes ‘local’ documents valid for international use. You may hear people referring to the ‘legalisation of documents’ – ‘legalisation’ being the certification of the document with an Apostille. Apostilles are only valid in

What is Property Management?

Property management in France is a business built because of the huge number of second homes there, whose owners are not around to deal with all the minutiae of ‘housekeeping’ in the loosest sense of that word. The first national

Taste of the Terroir – Provence

From the Med to the foothills of the Alps,Provence is blessed with some of the most delicious natural produce in the whole of France, with vegetables, fruit and harbour-fresh fish. Not to mention the newly invigorated wine scene that’s causing

Why use a house-hunter?

Do you dream about moving to France but you just don’t know where to start? Setting aside time to look for properties is difficult especially if you are moving to a different country and you need to optimise your visits

Cook Like a Masterchef

Want to cook like a Michelin-starred genius of cuisine? Now you can, with these fabulous yet eminently do-able recipes from some of the country’s most esteemed chefs. As the French say, “bon courage et bon appétit!” Wild duck with girolle

Buying Currency Advice – Ready, steady… GO!

  When looking for French property, make sure you’ve done your homework and be prepared to act quickly, or you might miss out, advises Mar Bonnin-Palmer   While you might have hoped to leave the phrase ‘fail to prepare, and

Buying Hotspots – MARCIAC, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track     MARCIAC Gers, Midi-Pyrénées Marciac is located in the south of the Gers département, an area encompassed

Easy (and very lazy) Cassoulet

For 20 years, Belfast-born Trish Deseine has been cooking in her fabulous French kitchens, from a city pad in Paris to her country kitchen in the Vallée de la Vaucouleurs, between Paris and Rouen. In her book, she explores the