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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

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Ask the Experts: Driving Q&A with AA

From European breakdown cover to electric car charging points and Air Protection Zones, the AA team gets down to brass tacks Q.Some French cities are now “low-emission zones” and fine older, less fuel-efficient cars for being on the road. Are

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What Do I Need to Know about Finances in France

One of the biggest challenges that expatriates face when moving to and living in France is the complexity of expat finances and this can be especially true in France with the complex inheritance and tax rules. Add to this problems

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

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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

Rural France for Aussies

For many Australians, their first (and sometimes only) taste of France is the capital, Paris. Those taking an escorted coach tour inevitably visit the romantic city for a night or two. But the rest of France shouldn’t be forgotten, says Carolyn Schonafinger…

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

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How do I get an internship in France?

Are you as student looking for your dream internship in France? Here’s all you need to know in order to make this first professional experience abroad one hundred per cent positive and memorable.

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How We Set up Our Cycling Business in Occitanie

Greg Cook meets two intrepid young couples who set up Tarn Cycling Holidays after quitting successful careers in the UK for life in Occitanie. It’s a familiar tale: couple nearing retirement, kids having long left home, trade their empty nest

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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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Brexit and Your Money: Preparation is Key

There are many things that are happening at the moment globally that we have little or no control over and we have to deal with the consequences of other people’s and politicians’ decisions. Whatever your opinion on Brexit and whatever

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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

Are you getting the right financial advice?

We spoke to Brian Furzer of Spectrum IFA about the pension advice you cannot do without. If you are in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and need expert guidance you need look no further.  Brexit! Where will it lead to? Unsurprisingly, I can offer no crystal

Great Canal Journey: Luxury Barge Hotel

It was chance and a big helping of get-up-and-go that saw Caroline and Rory Macrae finally realise their dream and launch a luxury hotel barge business in Burgundy. They tell Jeannine Williamson how they did it… Caroline and Rory Macrae

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Interiors Case Study – Back to Nature

Peter Clark and Vincent Caplier created their award-winning eco-guest house in Somme from scratch, where sustainable living is key – inside and out, says Sylvia Edwards Davis. Meet the Movers FrenchEntée Magazine: Why did you settle on France? Peter Clark:

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

Duck with Turnips and Other Vegetables

  Chef Stéphane Reynaud treats us to another of his favourite dishes which would make up a perfectly hearty and tasty French supper for six   Serves 6 – Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients 1 wild

Trish’s omelette

with cherry tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms and marigold petals   The word ‘omelette’ comes originally from the French word lamelle, meaning ‘thin strip’ because of its fl at shape, and gradually changed via alumette and then amelette. However, although omelettes are

All About French Pithiviers

There are two main types of Pithiviers; the version here, where puff pastry encloses a filling of frangipane (almond cream), and another which has a base of sablé pastry and a filling of glacé fruit and frangipane, all coated in a smooth glaze.

Mousse au chocolat marbrée de La Môle

  La Môle’s marbled chocolate mousse For me, only one chocolate mousse cuts the mustard, a homemade one inspired by our local restaurant, La Môle. This marbled mousse is a striking dessert to bring to the dinner table in a

Perfect Crème Caramel

I have been making this recipe for over 20 years and it always produces a beautifully high crème caramel with a deep mahogany gloss that sits in a puddle of caramel sauce.

What Are Your UK Pension Options in France Today?

Pensions are often the key to long-term financial security, so it is crucial to take extreme care when deciding what to do here. Expatriates have the added complication of factoring in the tax rules of two countries, as well as the potential for Brexit to limit the range of opportunities.

Lamb Navarin

From Philippe Mouchel A beautiful winter stew from Normandy combining lamb, turnips (navets), carrots and potatoes. Philippe uses lamb shoulder and ribs cut into large pieces, but the dish also works well with lamb necks. He likes to serve it