Editor, FrenchEntrée

Justin Postlethwaite

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A lifelong Francophile, Justin is the Editor of FrenchEntrée

Articles by Justin Postlethwaite

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The Property Scene in St-Antonin-Noble-Val

It’s a sultry summer lunchtime in southwest France and I’m happily tucking into perfectly cooked (à point, since you ask!) lamb chops on the riverside terrace at Le Festin de Babette, a popular spot in St Antonin-Noble-Val. It’s the picture

Cathedral in France

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


10 Reasons to Visit : The Charente

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.

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

Restoration of a Manor House in France

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHTJustin Postlethwaite talks to the passionate owner of a 18th-century domaine in Beaujolais, north of Lyon, about its complete restoration … French-born Richard Brague bought the abandoned Domaine de Vavril in 2004 and, since then, has worked

Bottles of Château Haut Gléon from Languedoc

Win Six Bottles of Château Haut Gléon from Languedoc

We’ve teamed up with Les Vignobles Foncalieu to offer one lucky reader six bottles of wine from the beautiful Château Haut Gléon in the Languedoc. The delicious prize is three bottles of Haut Gléon Rouge, a generous and intense wine with soft

The Beat that My Heart Skipped blu ray

Win Classic Thriller the Beat That My Heart Skipped

We have three copies of The Beat That My Heart Skipped, a must-have for your film collection, to give away. This 2007 offering from Jacques Audiard is a gripping, Paris-based gangland thriller. It stars Romain Duris as a seedy real

Vineyards in Côtes du Rhône

Win Six Bottles of Côtes Du Rhône Wine

Côtes du Rhône Wines is France’s second largest AOC wine area, with a culture and history as vibrant as a sip of their wines. The wines from Côtes du Rhône make the perfect match whatever is on the table –

Flammarion books

Win Chic Books on Paris and French Interiors

Thanks to our friends at Flammarion, we have two elegant books to offer one lucky winner. Parisian Chic: City Guide is Inès de la Fressange’s wardrobe and interiors style bible, featuring her favourite boutique addresses. And New Vintage French Interiors

Louis Jadot Burgundy

Win six bottles of Louis Jadot wine

Founded in 1859, Louis Jadot is one of the largest and most prestigious Burgundy Houses – its influence stretching from the tip of Chablis right down to the toe of Beaujolais. Louis Jadot pick their grapes from some of the best

Shopping in France

Shopping in France: A guide to supermarkets and DIY stores

We all love shopping in France, from popping to la boulangerie for your daily baguette to browsing a DIY store seeking goodies for your new French property. This page provides a rundown of the names of French shops that you are likely to come

Sharon Santoni bedroom in France

French business and pleasure for this renovation in Normandy

It’s a dream renovation in Normandy… Although busy as a blogger, author, antiques hunter and mother, Sharon Santoni still finds time to give her family’s home a welcoming, informal feel that reflects the best of French interiors and hospitality. FE: When

French gîte La Rochelle

Renovating and Running a Gîte in France

Sue & Simon Paine, who have stylishly renovated properties near La Rochelle, answer our questions about doing up a French home and also offer some sound advice to buyers. They provide essential advice for anyone considering renovating and running a

French school sign for secularism

A Guide to Education Reforms in France in 2015

Reforms to the French collège system In spite of much consternation, union disgruntlement and, naturellement, strikes by teachers back in May, France’s Socialist Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem’s reforms to educational practices in French middle schools (collèges) for pupils between 11 and 15

Left hand drive

Buying a Left Hand Drive Car in The UK

Options for Driving in France Moving to France and unsure of your best motoring options when you live there? There are several directions for drivers to take: 1. Sell your UK-registered car and buy a left-hand drive (LHD) when you

UK driving license and car hire in France

Car Hire in France Advice: The New Rules

We speak to the AA about the controversial DVLA scheme for car hire abroad For some care hire in France customers this summer there was chaos and confusion, but the dust has now settled on the DVLA’s decision to introduce a digital-only


Film review: Girlhood, Céline Sciamma

Girlhood Director: Céline Sciamma Starring: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla Cert: 15 Running time: 113 mins If I was to ask you to sit with me and watch a two-hour film about a gang of 16-year-old girls (the film’s French title is

A French autoroute near Avignon

The Autoroute in France: An Infographic

The autoroute in France is familiar to us all. From north to south, east to west, from Lyon down to the Riviera on the mythical, almost sensory route du soleil, a humble stretch of French road can be a source of holiday

Vineyards at Solutre in Burgundy, recently added to the UNESCO cultural sites list

Champagne and Burgundy on new UNESCO heritage list

Two of France’s most revered wine-growing regions have made it onto the newly released list of UNESCO World Heritage’s cultural sites. The ‘1,247 Climats and terroirs of Burgundy’ and ‘Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars’ were added to the illustrious list following

Film review: Life of Riley

Life of Riley Director: Alain Resnais Cert: 12 Running time: 108 mins This was the late director Alain Resnais’s final film and his third adaptation of a work by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Featuring a plot about an amateur dramatics group rehearsing for

A restaurant table in Provence

Competition: My Favourite Local French Restaurant

Calling all budding restaurant reviewers! Tell us about your favourite French restaurant and you could win a copy of the beautiful new cookbook Crêpes and Galettes from the Breizh Café! As part of our commitment to our growing Contributors Community, this

Film review: Suite Française

Suite Française Director: Saul Dibb Cert: TBC Running time: 107 mins Set in 1940s France and based on the posthumous best-selling work of Irène Némirovsky (who died in a Nazi concentration camp), this film gives the story a deserved ‘big

Book review: Taschen’s Paris

Taschen’s paris Angelika Taschen, with photos by Vincent Knapp, Taschen, £27.99 The publishers Taschen are always on-trend when it comes to chic places to stay, eat and shop, and few cities better deserve the chunky style bible treatment than Paris. The

Film review: Populaire

Director: Régis Roinsard Starring: Romain Duris, Deborah François, Bérénice Bejo Cert: 12A Running time: 111 mins If you are looking for a light-hearted piece of film fluff then look no further than this charming romantic comedy from Régis Roinsard. Although you shouldn’t be

Film review: Les Misérables

Director: Raymond Bernard Cert: PG Running time: 280 mins Eureka Entertainment does splendid work in releasing classic, often overlooked French films for the DVD generation and this high-res ‘4K’ restoration of Bernard’s epic, almost five-hour adaptation of Hugo’s novel is a welcome addition to the canon. Harry Baur plays

Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

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

The 2018 Ryder Cup in France

As the euphoria of Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup win fades and with Northern Irishman Darren Clarke having been named as the captain for the 2016 event at Hazeltine, Minnesota it’s a good time to remind all Francophile golf lovers that the


A guide to shopping in France

From the dazzling boutiques on Avenue Georges V in Paris to the most humble of brocantes stuffed with dusty must-have antiques in a sleepy Dordogne village. From out-of-town, bargain-filled factory outlets to classical arcades in elegant cities, France offers the

Interview with legendary French chef Paul Bocuse

Some call him the ‘Pope’ of French cuisine, others call him its grandfather, or even its emperor. We interview the living legend Paul Bocuse, whose list of accolades is as long as the menu of gourmet delicacies at his principal

Film review: Paper Soul

Director: Vincent Lanoo Starring: Stéphane Guillon, Julie Gayet Cert: TBC Running time: 100 mins This festive charmer opens with hangdog eulogy writer Paul (played by Stéphane Guillon) picking up his cheque after another funeral where his specially crafted – and perhaps over-frank and

Book review: Memoirs of the First Impressionist Art Dealer

Memoirs of the First Impressionist Art Dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, Flamarrion, £32 These are the intriguing if fairly dense memoirs of a key figure from the era of the Impressionists, about whom Claude Monet said, “Without him, we would all have died of hunger”. Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) was an art

Book review: Nothing like a dream

Nothing Like A Dream Jane Jennings, www.janejennings.co.uk, £8.99 For anyone seeking a new life in France, this engaging and very readable novel works on a couple of levels. In telling the story of one extended British family’s move to Normandy – replete with all of the attendant

Culinary specialities of the Pays de la Loire

Well-known as ‘the garden of France’, Pays de la Loire is the place for fresh produce. But with its rivers and coastal edge, there’s also plenty of fishy business going on. Justin Postlethwaite browses the menu…

Film review: Grand Départ

Grand Départ Directors: Nicolas Mercier Cert: 15 Running time: 83 mins Luc (Jérémie Elkaïm, Polisse) may be an adult, but he doesn’t miss a chance to show up his brother Romain (Pio Marmaï, Delicacy), whether in front of a beautiful woman or their ageing father, Georges (Eddy

Film review: Van Gogh

Van Gogh Director: Maurice Pialat Cert: 15 Running time: 158 mins French singer Jacques Dutronc won – perhaps suprisingly – the casting call to play the legendary brushman Vincent Van Gogh in Maurice Pialat’s definitive biopic, which now gets a DVD and Blu-Ray release, thanks to

Port Valentré in Cahors in the Lot region of France

Buying property in France: Life in the Lot

Escaping the sun’s glare on the village square in Cazals, northeast of Cahors, I’m sipping a post-lunch coffee with Alice Loftie who, alongside husband Charles, is a FrenchEntrée Estate Agent Partner in this sleepy Lot village. On the walls, there are sun-kissed

Film review: Le Week-End

Le Week-End Director: Roger Michell Cert: 15 Running time: 93 mins When Meg (Duncan) and Nick (Broadbent) Burrows return to Paris to celebrate their 30th anniversary, you can be sure that some things will have changed since they honeymooned in this most romantic

Book review: La Tartine Gourmande

La Tartine Gourmande Béatrice Peltre, Roost Books, $35 In the unforgiving world of social media for foodies, you don’t get 27,000 Instragram followers unless you cook brilliantly and take lovely photos. Béatrice Peltre, whose website we featured last issue, is very much in the vanguard of food writer/photographers,

Book review: Bon courage!

Bon courage! Richard Wiles, Summersdale Books, £8.99 Richard Wiles is famed for a succession of DIY books, and was the Senior Editor of Ideal Home Magazine. After his marriage failed and he lost said job, Richard felt compelled to embark upon the ultimate DIY adventure, along

Book review: Summertime all the cats are bored

Summertime all the cats are bored Philippe Georget, World Noir, £10.99 This classy, sun-soaked Perpignan-based police procedural slipped somewhat under the radar this summer, but deserves a much wider audience with this English translation. The author is a former newsreader who possesses a real flair for both the

Les deux Magots

Literary Paris

So much has been written in and about Paris. Many renowned writers, such as Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway, chose to live and work there. Here are some of the capital’s popular literary hotspots.

Film review: Le Jour Se Lève

Le Jour Se Lève Director: Marcel Carné Cert: PG Running time: 91 mins To mark 75 years since it was released, Marcel Carné’s outright classic comes to DVD and Blu-Ray in all of its restored, uncut cinematic glory. This gorgeous

Car keys

How to Buy a Used Car in France

Buying a Used Car in France – Introductory Guide While some people moving to France will take their right-hand drive car with them, at least for the first few months, others will want to make a fresh start on the

Office de Tourisme de Menton N.Sartore

New edition of FrenchEntrée Magazine OUT NOW!

The latest edition of FrenchEntrée Magazine is on sale now! It looks like this: It’s packed with great holiday inspiration for 2015, including: Our pick of great events to add to your diary, including Menton’s magical lemon festival (pictured) Foodie tours

La Santé

French Prison Opens Its Doors to Non-cons

La Santé, one of most notorious prisons in France whose former guests include Jacques Mesrine and Manuel Noriega, recently opened its otherwise impenetrable doors to the public ahead of a four-year refurbishment programme. The always excellent Andrew Hussey, who lives in the Montparnasse

Pia Jakobsen, Promenade du Paillon, Nice, Summer 2014

Photography Competition: The 10 Finalists

We had over 70 entries to our photography competition and the standard, as you will see, has been very high. But now it’s decision time! We’ve deliberated to reduce this number to a final 10 and the winner will be

Albi, bridge over the Tarn river

World-class art in the Midi-Pyrénées: Albi and Rodez

Art runs through Albi just as the Tarn runs beneath its statuesque skyline. But Rodez, too, now has world-class credentials with its Musée Soulages. Justin Postlethwaite explores two Midi-Pyrénées cultural gems.

Limoges town hall

The weekender’s guide to Limoges

I am grumpy and groggy after catching the unfeasibly early red-eye to Limoges as I emerge, bleary-eyed, from its small, neat airport and skulk my way into an already sticky morning in late summer. Whilst I have some exciting visits

The doctor's car

Limousin Memorial Village: Oradour-sur-Glane

Thinking back to the day that I was finally able to visit Oradour-sur-Glane – I had been reading about it for years – what I now recall most vividly is the heat and stillness of that hot September afternoon. The

Film review: Journal de France

Journal de France Director: Raymond Depardon, Claudine Nougaret Cert: 12A  Running time: 100 mins Raymond Depardon is one of France’s most esteemed photographers and latterly a filmmaker of note. After starting his career as a photojournalist in the early 1960s,