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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.

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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Top Tips for Private Selling

Private sales are becoming an increasingly popular trend in the French property market. Here, we talk you through the advantages and potential pitfalls of choosing to go it alone in L’Hexagone without an agent… Value Your Property Realistically Without an

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Reach more than 330,000 Francophiles, expats, property buyers and investors through FrenchEntrée’s leading portfolio of magazines, newsletters, and website. FrenchEntrée offers a flexible and proven range of online and print marketing solutions to suit every type of company and every

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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

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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.

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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…

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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.

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School Insurance in France

If you’re from the USA, UK or Australia the concept of School Insurance may seem a little strange. What is it for? When you register your child for school you will be asked for an attestation d’assurance scolaire (certificate of

The Laws of Pool Security

Pool security is a legal must in France. There are four government approved methods – here is an explanation of the pros and cons of fencing, alarms, covers and abris.

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…

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.

How to DIY a Swimming Pool

Installing your own swimming pool can be very rewarding and certainly save you a packet. Follow these 10 easy stages and you won’t go far wrong.

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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 …

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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 …

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Travel Between the UK and France: Brexit and COVID-19 Rules

With new Brexit rules and regulations from January 2021 and strict COVID-19 travel restrictions currently in place, what does this mean for British people looking to travel to the EU? Here’s everything you need to need to know about travel

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How Does France Treat Mortgages for the over 60s?

With the current economic turmoil due to both Brexit and Covid-19, many UK mortgage brokers have continued to be accused of being ‘ageist’. This is because many are lowering their maximum age limits on traditional mortgage lending for an older borrower

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News Digest: New Measures to Control the Pandemic

The latest report from Santé Public France revealed 310 additional Covid-19 related deaths in hospitals in the 24 hours to Monday. This brings the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 68,060. In the same 24-hour

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News Digest: Slow Vaccination Rollout Draws Criticism

The latest Covid-19 figures in France from Santé Public France show a total of 378 additional deaths in the 24 hours to Monday, bringing the overall number of deaths to 65,415. There were 4,022 new cases in the same period,

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Brexit Deal Does Little for the Pound

After the Brexit deal was agreed we saw a timid rise in GBP/EUR which nearly reached 1.12 on Christmas Eve. Soon after, the rate dropped to levels of 1.10 where it has remained for most of the festive period. So

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French News Digest: Vaccination Programme Begins in France

According to the latest report from Santé Public France, France saw 363 deaths from Covid-19 in the 24 hours to Monday, bringing the total to 63,109 since the pandemic began. 2,960 new cases were confirmed in the same 24 hours,

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French News Digest: New Variant in the UK: France’s Reaction

Welcome to this week’s French news roundup, featuring the Covid latest, travel restrictions and important information for pet owners. According to the latest report from Santé Public France, there were 351 Covid-19 related deaths in the 24 hours to Monday,

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Pet Travel to France: Key Changes from January 1, 2021

Following a EU policy decision, the UK government has announced details of NEW documentation required by British people travelling to France with a pet dog, cat or ferret from January 1, 2021. From this date onwards – the end of

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French News Digest: Second Stage of Lockdown Easing Begins

The last report provided by French health authorities concerning the Covid-19 pandemic revealed 3,063 new cases in the 24 hours to Monday, though this total is not definitive due to some reporting issues. This brings the total number of confirmed

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Pound Falls as Brexit Agreement Stalls

In the past few weeks, good news of a vaccine coupled with the expectation of an imminent BREXIT agreement saw the pound gain substantial ground against the major currencies. GBP/EUR nearly hit the 1.13 level – the best in weeks.

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Renovation Case Study: To the Manoir Born Dordogne-style

When the Chapmans stayed at their favourite Dordogne guesthouse on a house-hunting foray and fortuitously found it was for sale, they snapped up the pretty manor, says Nicola Venning. When Christopher and Sarah Chapman visited the Dordogne in 1990, their

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Forced UK Account Closures for Expats Living in the EEA

Since our last article on this subject, more information has come to light regarding this. Barclays have now stated that they will be closing all bank accounts (that includes current accounts, deposit accounts and savings accounts) and Wealth Management Accounts,

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Are You Being Optimistic?

Over the past year, we’ve seen huge market volatility whether it be through stalling Brexit negotiations or the ongoing pandemic that is affecting markets globally. GBP/EUR has been as high as 1.2047, and as low as 1.0608 this year, which

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French News Digest: Next Few Days Decisive, Says Macron

In our weekly news round up from France, we look at the Covid-19 latest figures and measures. According to the latest report from Santé Public France, France reported 9,406 new cases and 506 deaths in hospitals in the 24 hours

Property Update: Starting a Business in France

France is a popular place to go for entrepreneurs and businesspeople. If you’re going to start a business, why not do it in a dreamy location? With recent reports claiming that French people tend to be wealthier than in the

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Lockdown Your Transaction

The overriding focus this year has been on COVID-19 and the impact this has had across the globe. With the threat of the virus still strong and the recent announcement of further lockdowns in most European countries, including here in

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French News Digest: Supermarket Ban on Non-Essential Items

In this week’s news digest: Covid-19 updates, confinement news and what you cannot buy at a supermarket Latest figures from Santé Public France concerning Covid-19 in France reveal 231 deaths in hospitals in the 24 hours to Sunday, with 46,290

Four-Week Lockdown for France to Combat Covid-19

France will be placed under a second national lockdown from midnight Thursday in a bid to stem the second wave of Covid-19. The measure was announced in a TV address by President Macron last night, saying a ‘brutal brake’ was

French News Digest: COVID-19 Situation Update in France

  As the Covid-19 second wave takes hold in France, this week’s news digest focuses on current statistics and possible measures to be introduced to stem the spread, including a stricter curfew (couvre-feu) in 54 departments. Latest figures from Santé

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Property Update: 6 Gorgeous French Manor Houses

Forget ‘to the manor born’ – live your best life in South West France by owning one of these wonderful manor houses! Gironde €659,600 Dating from 1884, this Manor House is situated in a peaceful environment with views of the

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Q&A: Buying a Property in France

Charlotte Macdonald is an associate solicitor in Stone King’s international and cross border team. Over a new 12-part series of articles Charlotte answers legal and practical questions that are often asked by her clients in relation to France; whether that