The Pound Dominates – Sterling Update

After a poor end to last week, the pound responded with a dominant performance this week, gaining an average of 0.8% against the other major currencies Indeed, it was only the Japanese yen that it lost out to (dropping 0.2%).

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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…

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

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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…

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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 …

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Owning a Property in France after Brexit

Leaving the EU will not stop British people buying homes in France – either for a permanent move to France or for holidays. Plenty of non-EU citizens – Aussies and Americans, for example – own property in France. After Brexit,

Ask the Experts: The Highs and Lows of Currency

Mar Bonnin-Palmer makes sure you don’t get caught out by post-Brexit swings in the currency market How come using a currency specialist costs less than a bank? Exchanging funds is a currency specialist’s primary activity; while a High Street bank

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Brexit: What will change after January 31st?

Barring a late-stage plot twist it seems exceeding likely that the UK and the EU will part ways on January 31st, following three years of discussion, dispute and ill-feeling on all sides. With the Withdrawal Agreement finally signed off, is

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Bag a Bargain: Shoestring Stunner

A snip at just over €250,000, this six-bedroom maison de maître in Haute-Vienne has buckets of charm – and then some… Stylish wainscoting, check. Warm, muted tones, check. Marble flooring, check. Recently restored to its former glory, this maison de

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Oiling the Wheels – How We Bought an Olive Grove

Nicola Venning meets actress and author Carol Drinkwater and finds out about her love affair with Provence, and the olives she is so passionate about Olive oil and olive trees have had a huge impact on the life of Carol

A Tough Week for the Euro – Euro Update

The euro endured a tough week, winding up in last place amongst the big four currencies (GBP, EUR, USD and JPY), losing a cent and a third to sterling and giving up seven eights of a US cent This was

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Buying in Languedoc-Roussillon

Perhaps you dream of owning a place on the Med, where you can sit and watch the sun go down, sipping a glass of wine as you look out over your very own expanse of aquamarine heaven. Maybe you hanker

Do I need to worry about flu in France?

You may have heard rumblings about an outbreak of flu and gastroenteritis in France. What’s happening, and should you and your family be concerned? Is there a flu epidemic in France? In December 2019 the French public health authority issued

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Buying Hotspots: Thuir

Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie Thuir is many things: a proud part of Catalan country; home of the famous Caves Byrrh; and an altogether attractive southern town, tinged with the dusty red hues of the sun-kissed Pyrénées-Orientales. For prospective homeowners, it offers up

Own a Luxury Apartment in the French Alps

MGM, the leading alpine property developer, had a brilliant year. Not only did they launch numerous new developments, but they tripled their year-on-year UK sales figures, with Brits snapping up apartments in droves. Seven new developments are due to launch

Which new French words should I know about in 2020?

Every year new words and phrases are added to modern languages, often starting as slang and portmanteaux until they are formally adopted into the lexicon. For purists this can cause no end of hand-wringing and angst, but for more progressive

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Buying Hotspots: Vence

Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur First things first: Vence is not to be confused with its next-door neighbour Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the better-known of the pair. It’s an easy mistake to make… After all, they’re both medieval hilltop towns, sound similar and sit just

Expat News: British Invasion

Once again, Britons have topped the number of foreign buyers in France, despite the growing uncertainty surrounding Brexit… British buyers accounted for 27 per cent of all purchases by non-residents in 2018, according to a new report by BNP Paribas

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Letting News: Rent Caps

Rent caps have been extended to 28 new towns and cities across France. Tougher controls have been rolled out in “zones tendues” (tense zones) or areas affected by severe housing shortages – preventing landlords from imposing unreasonable rent hikes on

A Jussey Bargain

A “deserted” village in Haute-Saône is selling 24 vacant homes, derelict apartments and empty shops for a song in a bid to rejuvenate its fast-dwindling community. Desperate to entice fresh blood to an area where more than 22 per cent

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Top of the Crop: Live Well for Less

Yearning for that elusive double-whammy: affordable housing and attractive job prospects? Look no further than Besançon. According to Le Parisien, the capital of the Doubs département has it all (and then some), making it the best city to live and

French Weekly News: Strikes in January and Noisy Frogs

Hanukkah has started and Christmas is nearly here. We’re bringing you the past week’s news in France, ahead of the season’s festivities! Politics The pension reform strikes are far from over, with many unions threatening to continue their protests into

What is Green Card motor insurance, and do I need it?

When planning your move to France you will find that lots of rules and regulations are a little bit different to what you’re used to. Your car insurance is no exception, especially if you plan to keep your own vehicle

Pension Drawdown for the over 55s

If you have a UK Pension and you are over the age of 55 it may have occurred to you that you can access your pension for a lump sum and or income, be it to buy a holiday home

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What are the main property types in Limousin?

Gîte businesses Property investors from northern Europe are attracted to this area by the reasonable prices and the wide variety of beautiful properties available. Characterful old farmhouses with plenty of outbuildings can be converted into guesthouses with several separate gîtes,

Escape the Crowds in Limousin

Cows outnumber people in the rolling countryside of Limousin, making it the perfect spot for Britons in search of a second property where they can really get away from it all, says Dominic Bliss. The good old farmers of Limousin

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Property Showdown: Yvelines VS Hauts-de-Seine

Which of these urban beauties on Paris’s doorstep, both with wonderful green spaces, would you pick? Yvelines For a right royal property hunt, head to Yvelines in the Île-deFrance, west of Hauts-de-Seine. It’s home to some aristocratic hard-hitters – not

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Ask the Experts: Driving Q&A with AA

From European breakdown cover to electric car charging points and Air Protection Zones, the AA team gets down to brass tacks Q.Some French cities are now “low-emission zones” and fine older, less fuel-efficient cars for being on the road. Are

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Interiors Case Study: House of Fun

Six years ago, David Reid and Kate Wilde quit the UK for Provence. With a flair for design, they set about creating a wonderfully quirky family home – fun being their top priority, says Nicola Venning “I do love a

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Renovation Case Study: Praise Be… At Last

Having bought an abbey in Burgundy on a whim, Tanith and Clive Cummings were met with a petition from angry locals. The couple tell Jeannine Williamson how they battled on Mild curiosity from new neighbours followed by initial exchanges in

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Where to Buy in France Now: Sauzé-Vaussais

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track. SAUZÉ-VAUSSAIS Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine You’ll find Sauzé-Vaussais (Sauzé to locals) out west, in Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s lush Deux-Sèvres département. Close to the

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Ultimate French Buying Tips

Our experts reveal their top property search tips to help you find your new home in France…Knowing where you want to buy is very importantFrance is a vast and diverse country and it’s paramount that you do your research to

Meet the FrenchEntrée Property Team

FrenchEntrée is not just one of the best online French property databases, there’s a dedicated team that can assist you throughout your search and can answer any question you might have about buying a property in France.