Competitions – Win Amazing French Prizes

If you love France you’ll love these competitions! With a chance to win tips, experiences, food, drink and more, you could be one click away from an exciting prize! We put up new competitions regularly, so why not bookmark this

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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English Domicile vs French Domicile

If you own property in France you should to be aware of the rules around ‘domicile’. Daniel (Dan) Harris, Head of International and Cross-Border at Stone King LLP, explains why.

Buying a holiday home in France …?

A holiday home in France is a great idea but like all good things, it takes some planning and a little effort to make it work. Here are a few practical tips to help you get the most out of your maison secondaire

Mission impossible – in search of the dream hamlet

  Marion Sauvebois meets a Finnish-French couple who clocked in 25,000km across 15 départements in search of their dream…hamlet   FrenchEntrée Magazine: What drew you to Tarn-et-Garonne? Suska Karjalainen & Nicolas Prevot: After roughly four months of house-hunting, viewing 100 houses (including farms, castles, mills, ruins, you

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Settling in France: hints and tips

When making the move to France, there is far more to consider than the practicalities. Sally Stone talks about her experience and reveals the emotional upheaval a new life in France could represent.

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A Traditional Christmas in Provence

In Provence, on Christmas Eve the family gathers for the traditional Christmas meal known as le Gros Souper (the big supper). This meal begins with seven meatless dishes, ending with the ritual number of 13 desserts…

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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…

Tour de France 2016 unveiled!

One of the world’s most legendary sporting events, the 103th tour de France runs from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, and will pass through France, Spain and Switzerland and be made up of 21 stages.

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French Succession Tax

New EU regulations will give you much more choice over whom British expatriates living in France can leave their assets to. You have much more freedom to choose to bequeath property, savings and investments.

Beautiful Brittany: Brignogan-Beaches, Lighthouse Pontusval on the point of Beg-Pol

Ten reasons you’re right to avoid Brittany

Did you think twice about coming to Brittany this summer? Quite right. There are many, many reasons to stay away from this part of the world, as local resident and Community Contributor Annaliza Davis explains. 1. The terrible weather We

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10 Reasons not to move to France

The motivations to move to France get enough publicity. Let’s explore the reasons why the dream might turn sour. More often than not there is a combination of multiple factors rather than one big reason.

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Unmarried Couples, French Property, PACS and Inheritance

It is always important to understand the tax and succession implications of buying a property in France, whatever your relationship status and whether you are buying alone or with a partner. It is even more important if you are not married to your partner.

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Strawberry Tarts

April in southern France is a gastronomic feast. The markets overflow with the luscious new vegetables and fruits of spring. Foremost amongst these are strawberries, the perfect ending to any spring dinner party.

Film review: In the House

In the House Directors: François Ozon Cert: 15 Running time: 105 mins Claude, (Ernst Umhauer) is a 16 year-old school boy who has taken to spying on one of his classmates and their family in their home, using them as inspiration for his English homework –

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Getting Comfy in Brittany

Kerguelen, a cosy, 19th century granite stone farmhouse, sits on the Breton coast, in walking distance of one of the many sandy beaches of the region. Ideally situated and easy to get to, thanks to the harbour town of Roscoff

Touring Languedoc-Roussillon in a classic car

Guy Hibbert fulfils a long-held ambition, driving a classic Italian sports car on a 36-hour road trip through Languedoc-Roussillon, leisurely taking in the area’s hugely pleasurable range of seafood, wines, mountains and medieval architecture along the way…

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The New UK Pension Regime and Expatriates in France

The new UK pension regime came into effect from 6th April, 2015. This is a major change for retirees, with the restrictions on how much income and lump sum you can take being removed for defined contribution schemes.

Film review: Grand Départ

Grand Départ Directors: Nicolas Mercier Cert: 15 Running time: 83 mins Luc (Jérémie Elkaïm, Polisse) may be an adult, but he doesn’t miss a chance to show up his brother Romain (Pio Marmaï, Delicacy), whether in front of a beautiful woman or their ageing father, Georges (Eddy

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Grow your own vegetables in France

There’s nothing like the pleasure of eating vegetables fresh from your own garden. The flavour and texture far exceed anything you can buy in a shop. Growing vegetables is also a natural incentive to to spend time outdoors. It is not necessary to have a large space to begin a vegetable garden, you can start one with just a few pots.

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British buyers snap up luxurious off-plan Chamonix apartments

Just a year after announcing plans to build the first ever five-star résidence de tourisme in the French Alpine ski resort of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the developer MGM reports that Britons have already snapped up a third of the new Chamonix apartments.

Book extract: A French romance

Can the English be as romantic as the French? Author Julia Stagg shares a delicious tale of French romance in the mountain village of Fogas, where the characters already feel like family.

Where should you go skiing in France?

Skiing in France is something of a ‘no-brainer’. France has the biggest ski area in the world, laying claim to an unbelievable 30% of the world’s surface area devoted to the sport.

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Wedding traditions in France

If you are lucky enough to have been invited to a wedding in France, or are planning to get married in France, then here are a few wedding traditions you might not have seen before!