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Sad topics in French @CommeUneFrançaise

Talking about sad topics in French

When sad events happen, it is difficult to find the words to express our support or sympathy in French. It is never easy, even in our own language. How should we react? What can we say or do to help?

Christmas 2015 Galeries Lafayette Paris Photo by Sylvia Davis

Shopping in Paris at Christmas

Take a short break in Paris this winter and see if a breath of French air can’t make Christmas shopping memorable for all the right reasons: original gift ideas, money saving opportunities, pit-stops at Ladurée…

Hulotte in France Photo ©Aigledayres

Living in harmony with wildlife in France

One of the many reasons given for moving to France is the beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife. Long-term Limousin resident Kathleen shares some tips on living peacefully alongside wildlife in France.

So what do you do when you find an owl in the bathroom?……….