Healthcare Changes in France

In 2016, France introduced the Protection Universal Maladie healthcare system, PUMa for short. The goal of the new structure is to improve interaction between the different healthcare entities and streamline procedures. One of the entities that was discontinued was the former

My French Garden in the Pays de la Loire

Edward Moss tells Miranda Ingram about the ten years of back-breaking work that went into the garden at Le Domaine.   Ten years ago, Edward Moss and his partner, David Marsh, moved into ‘Le Domaine’, their beautiful house at Epineux-le-Sequin

Retiring in France

When planning your retirement in France, it is easy to get carried away thinking of afternoons spent on a leisurely game of péntanque or sipping a pastis on a sunlit square – but before you can enjoy those afternoons, it

Business as usual! – Despite Brexit

  It’s been fascinating for me to see the changes over the last fifteen years of the demographics of people wanting to relocate to France. I’ve pretty much seen it all – keeping a straight face when people explain what

The 2017 Michelin Travel Guide Collection

  ☆☆☆ Highly Recommended ☆☆ Recommended ☆Interesting Since Michelin first published guides in 1901, our collection has concentrated on helping travellers find the most beautiful natural sites, providing comprehensive background information and great restaurants and hotels. The guides feature the

Rillettes de Saumon

Rillettes of smoked and fresh salmon with blini, capers and lemon   Serves 4 Ingredients 240g salmon 60g smoked salmon 2g chives 20g butter 80ml medium dry white wine 30g crème fraiche 2g dill 8ml lemon juice 14ml extra virgin

Wedding Venue near Carcassonne – Domaine Gayda

Gourmet cuisine, award winning wines and luxurious accommodation If you are looking for an exceptional location for your wedding reception in the Languedoc Roussillon then Domaine Gayda’s winery and restaurant is the place to make your dreams come to. Set amidst the

Loving the Rural Life in Gironde

Dominic Bliss experiences the delights of the south-western département of the Gironde, at a luxury gîte owned by a family from Merseyside…   “Learning the language for me is key,” says Deborah Hubbard who moved from Merseyside to Eynesse in

My French Garden in the Lot

Steve Jarratt reveals how formal English gardens inspired the design of Sue and John Herring’s plot in the Lot…     Sue and John Herring left England in 2006 for the vert et agréable land of Lot, 30 minutes north

To Vouvoyer or to Tutoyer?

  When you’re talking French in France, many Brits are confused which version of ‘you’ to use – the polite ‘vous’ or the more familiar ‘tu’ – it’s a socio-political minefield!   On paper, the rules appear steadfast. You should

Le Manoir Reborn

Justin Postlethwaite talks to the owner of a gîte in Poitou-Charentes, Le Manoir des Couts, about restoring the 16th-century manor house…   FrenchEntrée Magazine: Can you tell us what drew you to Poitou-Charents? Francine Dunkley/ We used to live in

Personal Finance in France: an Introduction

Whether you plan to live in France or have a second home there, it will all be easier if you have a French bank account. It also makes paying bills simpler – and some organisations such as phone companies or utilities may insist that you set up a Direct Debit or prélèvement. The easiest bank account to set up is a ‘compte courant’ (current account), to pay bills and everyday French expenses, and have a cheque book.

Healthcare in France: the Basics

France has a very high standard of healthcare and is frequently voted at the top of the world’s best systems. Healthcare in France is based on a dual system, comprising the state health insurance, l’Assurance Maladie, and a private insurance ‘top up’ which is provided by private companies and mutual bodies.

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Recipes for a French Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner in France is usually a traditional affair, the highlights of which are a starter of oysters, a delicious stuffed roast goose or turkey,and a yummy Bûche de Noël (Christmas Yule Log) for dessert.

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Christmas Markets in France

Traditionally, housewives in France would spend the weeks leading up to Christmas preparing a festive feast and Christmas markets developed to supply them with the ingredients and products they needed.

Fixing the exchange rate, how it works

Buying a property in France can be an exciting venture. Deciding the region where you would like your French house to be located is one of the first and more challenging decisions to be made with 13 regions to choose

Kiwi Adventurers | Living in the Dordogne

Kiwi Adventurers – Living in the Dordogne Susannah Hickling meets a couple from New Zealand who fell in love with an ailing historic house in the ancient village of Lalinde.   Many people would be worried about taking on a

Gardening in France | Jardins Ouverts

MY FRENCH GARDEN Steve Jarratt discovers how Julie and Jason Agha brought elements of traditional British gardens to their Limousin home   Clockwise from top : British-style borders and beds; the overgrown plot before work started; “the biggest rockery in

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

New issue of FrenchEntrée Magazine OUT NOW!

The Autumn edition of the ‘new-look’ FrenchEntrée magazine is available now. With an extra 24 pages per issue, meaning that there is even more in-depth information on such things as; regional buying guides, leading expert advice and inspirational real-life stories

Retiring To France

RETIRING TO FRANCE Sylvia Edwards Davis provides a rundown of the main practical issues Moving to another country can offer many very stimulating experiences, but some aspects can prove to be a little overwhelming. French paperwork falls into the second