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Learn French in France: Study in Immersion

French is one of the world’s major languages, with an estimated 300 million speakers in countries all across the globe. It’s famed as the language of love, and while it’s the ex-language of diplomacy, it’s still used as a major

Banking in France with Agence Axa International

Banking in France Banking in France can seem very different to what you are used to. Things are changing and internet banking is becoming more popular, but some of the processes can still seem very dated and not very customer

Having Internet in France

You will probably end up without Internet for the first few weeks of your relocation in France because you are usually required to have a French bank account get WiFi at home or a SIM card.

What you need to know about health insurance in France

There are many things to enjoy about living in France – the excellent food, the culture, the climate. It is also a country that boasts a very high standard of healthcare, but if you’re planning to reside in France long-term,

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A Selection of Very Special Villas in Aquitaine

Beautiful Houses for Big Occasions Whether for a great summer holiday, team conference or a great celebration, Special Villas offers a unique range of large properties, from 6 and 8 bedroom houses, with the potential for up to 25 bedrooms

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A simple guide to French insurance

  Here’s an essential guide to make sure you’re properly insured while living in France. Compulsory insurance Insurance is a legal requirement for vehicle owners (assurance automobile), homes whether rented or owned (assurance habitation), for civil liability (assurance responsabilité civile or chef

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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 tranquil holiday

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

It’s All About The Lifestyle

  A new year brings with it the potential for a fresh perspective and new start. Could this be your year to make a real sea-change .. to bring your dreams about having a new home in the sun, a

Advantages of New Build French Property

  New build French property is ideal for overseas buyers At Sunny French Property we are convinced that new build French property is ideal for buyers who are buying from far away. There is no supervision of works since it

Kick-start your New Year at The France Show 2018!

The UK’s greatest celebration of France returns to Olympia London on 26-28 January. Whether you love French food and wine, enjoy holidays in the sunshine or want to bag your dream property, the France Show is the place to be.

Converted barn for up to 8, Ille et Vilaine Brittany

Le Grange: Beautiful Barn Conversion in Brittany

A Recently Converted Barn in Rural Brittany Le Grange has recently been converted to a high standard by the owners to provide well-equipped and relaxing holiday accommodation in a quiet location at the end of a lane with no passing traffic.

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French Rental Activity – Rules and Regulations

If you earn an income from property in France, you are obliged to declare that income in France and pay any relevant taxes in France. UK residents would also declare their French income on their UK tax return and a

Charming Holiday Gites for Rent in Brittany

Since 2006 we have been providing high quality self-catering accommodation in the four gites we renovated in two tiny hamlets in Cotes d’Armor. Enjoy the local markets, eat at auberges, watch the bird life, sketch the scenery, stroll along country

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Visit France for a Pre-wedding Health Retreat

For many brides-to-be the pressures of wedding planning can create a cauldron of stressful choices, difficult emotions and family feuds. Famed for its joie de vivre, escaping to France on a pre-wedding health retreat could be your best wedding idea

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French language tips: the pronoun ‘en

In French, when ‘en’ is used as a pronoun it means ‘some’ or ‘of it’ and can therefore replace a phrase beginning with ‘de’ (or ‘du’, or ‘des’). Here’s how to use it in a sentence.

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Learning French in the UK

Most cities and large towns in the UK offer part-time classes in French at adult education centres. Here’s how to find a course near you.

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How to remember French vocabulary

Learning French can be a daunting process, whether at the outset or whether you have been learning for years, and one major challenge is acquiring the vocabulary and increasing your vocabulary. Here are some excellent tips to help you to retain what you have learnt.

Glossary of common French proverbs

When it comes to proverbs, a word-for-word translation from English to French won’t always work. Here’s how to avoid any embarrassing confusion!

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French glossary: first day at school

Over the first few weeks of our children’s being thrown into the deep end of French primary schooling, we found some of the following to be important! Our six year old was put into nursery (maternelle), when she had already been to English Reception class, and she spoke not a word for a full eight weeks…

Cahors wine

Cahors features amongst the oldest vineyards in France, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. Much appreciated by the French from early days, the wines rapidly gained an excellent reputation…

The black wine of Cahors

Why black? Principally because it is almost black, just hold a bottle up to the light and you’ll see into its deliciously inky depths. Cahors red wines are reputedly the darkest in the world; they are also some of the strongest and richest and will keep for years…