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

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

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 our 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

Underfloor heating France

Once your decision to move to France has been taken, choosing a house to make your home is a key element in order to enjoy your new life. Even though the weather will be better than in the UK, installing the right heating solution is vital.

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

How to Save Money on Car Hire in France

Hiring a car in France is a great way to travel around at your own leisure and explore the best France has to offer, free from the shackles of public transport and pre-determined timetables. With hundreds of locations throughout France

The stress of living the dream

Having lived here for three years, I’d forgotten what a shock it can be coming to live in France. But I’m witnessing at close hand a friend who has just made the move and how hard it is for them to adjust. Any suggestions how I can help?

BREXIT – WHAT ARE THE CURRENT SOLUTIONS

BREXIT – What are the current solutions

Were you shocked by the vote?  Whether you voted in or out, I think many of us had a shock at the result of the Brexit. Two months later, the emotions have calmed somewhat but the questions still remain and

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Working in France: Top Tips & Advice

‘A common error made by a lot of foreign business owners who moved to my area was to think that France was basically the same as back home, except for the language and this just isn’t the case,’. See what people working in France are saying.

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Doctors’ fees to rise in 2017

After five months of discussions the Assurance Maladie invited representatives of the unions “CSMF”, “FMF”, the “SML” (generalists and specialists), “MG France” (general) and the “Bloc” (surgeons, anesthetists and obstetricians) for a final negotiation session regarding a new five-year agreement

Obtaining French Nationality through Marriage

How to Apply for French Nationality through Marriage

There is no automatic right to French Nationality upon marriage to a French National. You can apply for French nationality through marriage by following the the procedure laid out below. A foreigner can apply to become a French citizen after