Editor, FrenchEntrée

Justin Postlethwaite

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A lifelong Francophile, Justin is the Editor of FrenchEntrée


Articles by Justin Postlethwaite


Restoration of a Manor House in France

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Justin 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

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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

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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

Côtes du Rhône landscape ©Christophe-Grilhé

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 –

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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

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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

Enjoying a crêpe in Brittany

10 of the best French food holidays

Fancy a French food holiday? FrenchEntrée delves into France’s culture of food and drink to serve up fantastic break ideas with a focus on flavour 1. FRENCH FOOD FESTIVALS If you structure a holiday around a food festival or regional product in France,

French regional education contacts

Regional and departmental education contacts in France

Your handy list of French region and department education authority contacts in France Below is a run-down of the major educational structures in France followed by a comprehensive list of the regional academy contacts in France, plus the departmental services within those regions.

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

Driving in France using a left-hand drive car

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

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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

New speed camera warnings launched in France

Driving in France: speed limits and new road signs

There are several new road traffic measures that anyone driving in France needs to be aware of from this summer. First, there are three new speed camera signs in place, warning drivers to watch their speed in three areas: along a

Girlhood

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 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 is a

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

Seine-et-Marne: by Royal appointment

Just outside of Paris is a forest-filled department blessed with the good stuff – fairytale royal châteaux, passionate local food producers, great markets and no end of artistic heritage. Justin Postlethwaite tours Seine-et-Marne.

Great hotels of France: Bristol fashion

It’s among the elite of the French capital’s hotels. But what makes a legendary hotel like Le Bristol tick? Justin Postlethwaite meets some of the team who have added their own personal histories to the hotel’s.

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

Cycling holidays in La Rochelle

If you’ve ever wondered why the French love cycling so much, hop on the saddle. Justin Postlethwaite visits the tranquil islands off La Rochelle and falls in love with life in the slow lane.

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

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7 great places to play golf in France

With the golf season is now in full swing, we select some of France’s most beautiful and welcoming courses. 1. Les Bordes This beauty deep in the Loiret department tops many golf course ‘best of’ lists – for many golf

Flânerie in the Languedoc: Pézenas

Let’s start in the best place imaginable – a sun-kissed lunch table in the Languedoc. I’m perched on an unremarkable restaurant terrace in the centre of Pézenas, a staggeringly pretty small town with Molière connections (more of this later), and set before me is a giant

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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

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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

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Short break: Beautiful villages of Limousin

At 9.30am on a damp morning, I’m already hitting the booze, albeit in the name of ‘research’. Recalling the phrase ‘it’s always five o’clock somewhere’, I eagerly take my first, guilt-free sip of vin paillé, a sweet, sherry-like oxidised wine

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France property market 2015: a buyer’s time

  In the second part of his look at the property scene in southwest France, Justin Postlethwaite is in Cazals near Cahors with FrenchEntrée Estate Agent PartnerAlice Loftie. I’m on a fact-finding mission to the Lot region and keen 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

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

Buying a car in France

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