LIVING IN FRANCE

Meals for prison officers

Generous Prisoners Get a Tasty Delivery

A caterer specialising in Portuguese food in Épernay (Marne) delivered over 140 meals to prisoners at the Reims detention centre on Sunday, to thank inmates who created a fund to support local nursing staff affected by the coronavirus crisis. In

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1884 a Star Is Born…

Champagne Dumangin was created by Hippolyte Dumangin. Jacky Dumangin, 3 generations later, perfected the characteristically feminine Premier Cru champagne range. His son, Gilles Dumangin, 5th generation of successful winemakers, “upped” the range by introducing the several high class champagnes that

April and Don Baggs

View from the Vendor: Live Virtual Viewings

April and Don Baggs are a semi-retired British couple living in Normandy wanting to move to the beautiful upper Dordogne valley in Corrèze, to replicate the landscape of the lower Wye Valley, from whence they came. They share their experience

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Covid-19 Only Strengthens the Reasons to Live in France

This week we hear from FrenchEntrée partner Jonathan Pugh of Jonathan Charles, prestigious agence immobilière in the South-West of France.  Just as we were coming out of the tunnel with the dawn of 2020, we find ourselves in another with COVID-19. This experience

Food delivery

#PourEux Volunteers Make Homemade Meals for Homeless

Kind-hearted, bike-riding Toulousains are dropping off homemade food parcels to the homeless – those confined ‘in the open air’ – as part of the #PourEux movement (For Them). “They were already struggling before, now they are really struggling,” Thierry, a

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No more kisses for the French!

The French etiquette for greeting with the exchange of air kisses on each cheek (termed ‘faire la bise’) is used for every occasion by friends, family members and work colleagues. What will become of this cultural etiquette after COVID-19? Health

Covid-19: Useful Links from the Government

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding Covid-19. Please find below some useful links and videos from the British Government.  Return to your homes This video details the most recent travel advice, requesting all UK nationals not resident

Foreign Office Urges Brits to Return Home Now

We would like to share this message from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  The Foreign & Commonwealth Office announced on 23 March that all UK nationals travelling in France should return to the UK without delay, whilst commercial options are still available. We now

Living in France Q&A: Pensions After Brexit

Every month the UK government hosts a Facebook Q&A for British nationals living in France, or planning to do so, to ask questions about what will happen with their rights, access to healthcare, money and family lives after Brexit. Here

Living in France Q&A: Taxes After Brexit

Every month the UK government hosts a Facebook Q&A for British nationals living in France, or planning to do so, to ask questions about what will happen with their rights, access to healthcare, money and family lives after Brexit. Here

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Doctors’ Fees in France

Here is a brief summary of the main fees you will be expected to pay during your visit to the doctor in France, and the applicable reimbursements from the health insurance system and your top-up insurance.

Carol and olive buds

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

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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

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

Property in France

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

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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

City Focus: Chartres

Northern gateway to the Loire Valley, Chartres offers plenty of surprises, both day and night. Gillian Thornton explores.  Walk through the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres on a sunny day and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch rainbow shadows on the flagstones,

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Could France be reforming inheritance and gift taxation?

A proposed law aims to modify inheritance tax rates to encourage the French to transfer their assets. Several senators have introduced a bill to reform the taxation of inheritances and gifts/donations. According to these elected officials, the transmission of assets

Property in France

Buying in France at a Glance

New to the French property market? Our comprehensive guide will help you find your bearings… The process of buying property in France is fairly straightforward and well-regulated. Every year, thousands of overseas buyers purchase new homes in the Hexagon without

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How can I set up a proxy vote from France?

If you’re living in France, or plan to be there during the general election in December, you have two options for voting: by postal vote or by proxy vote. Concerns over unreliable postal systems have resulted in people being urged

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Five Buy-to-let Picks by the Beach

Earlier this year, Pavillon Bleu unveiled France’s best beaches of 2019 – so we’ve combed the sands that made the list and picked out our top five hotspots for properties with rental potential. Antibes A bunch of beaches in Antibes

Once the main residence of the Counts of Armagnac, every inch of Lectoure speaks to its rich heritage

Call of the Wild West: Moving from Paris to Gascony

Cheshire-born author Karen Webb turned a new leaf when she traded Paris for the perched village of Lectoure in deepest rural Gers. Why did you choose Lectoure? I had been working as an English teacher in Paris for 16 years

Domaine St Jacques d albas vineyard in Languedoc

The Wild Southwest: Meet the Pioneers of Languedoc

The Outsiders are a group of wine producers from all around the world who settled in this part of France, attracted by affordable prices, diversity and a sense of freedom, writes Patrice Bertrand We could have gone somewhere else but

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Property Showdown: Orne VS Eure

These neighbours, with their glorious greenscapes, are just are a stone’s throw from the Channel coast Orne Thinking of buying in Normandy? As well as the lush countryside and great food, you’re probably drawn to the miles of coastline. However,

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Where to Buy in France: Montaigu-de-Quercy

Tarn-et-Garonne, Occitanie The ancient province of Quercy truly is a land that time forgot, where you will find, hidden away in sleepy backwaters, some of the most attractive rural architecture in France. Fortified towns known as ‘bastides’ (taken from the

Where to buy in France: Pézenas

Hérault, Occitanie Many folk who have set foot in Pézenas claim it’s like “stepping back in time”. Certainly, the town’s impressive tally of 30-plus monuments historiques and 17th-century hôtels particuliers, with their wrought-iron balconies and grand courtyards, fire the imagination.

Where To Buy In France: Flayosc

Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur At first glance, the perched village of Flayosc appears to be extremely remote. For starters, there are hills, vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. Then there’s the fact that no major road

Me, You, and Les Enfants Come Too

Running a château offering family-friendly holiday experiences in France is far from child’s play, but it’s exactly what Jon Barnsley left a high-profile job at one of the UK’s biggest newspapers to do. Greg Cook finds out more.   How

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At Home in Deux-Sèvres

When Stephen Davies pulled up outside a rickety barn in Airvault, he knew he’d found his future home. Nearly 20 years on, he’s still living the expat dream…

Official Map of the Placement of Fixed Speed Cameras Online

  The official map of fixed radars (Conventional fixed speed cameras, two-way speed cameras, medium speed cameras etc…) and dummy control routes (where radars are moved regularly) has just been posted on the Road Safety website. This map shows the

Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

The medieval town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val on the Aveyron River boasts a beguiling mix of amazing scenery and fascinating history plus a fantastic local market – it’s a jewel of the Tarn-et-Garonne…   1. Stunning panoramas The first and most obviously

The Cost of Living in France

The dream of moving to France is often based on a simpler, less costly and more rewarding lifestyle, but is it really a cheaper place to live?   START WITH THE FACTS At a glance, the cost of living for

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