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Two Natural ‘miracle’ Paints

Although recent EU legislation had limited the VOC contents of paints this does not mean that all paints are now “green”, safe and natural.

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Dog Links

A new organization has been set up working across France to help rehome dogs, many of whom have had a terrible past, some of who are no longer able to live with their current owners through no fault of their own and some who face certain death within the over stretched SPA pounds.Please take a minute to read through the information from dog links, even if you are not in a position to offer a dog a permanent home there are still many things you can do to help.

Chats du Quercy

Based in Miramont de Quercy, (Tarn et Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées) Chats du Quercy is a charity on a mission to find permanent homes for homeless cats and kittens with responsible and caring owners.

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Restoring Wooden Shutters

Renovating a farmhouse is a labour of love for many expatriates in France and properties with character features like original wooden shutters are some of the most sought after – give them the attention they deserve and they’ll reward you for many years to come.

ASHA – Helping horses and donkeys

The Association Saint Hippolyte Aquitaine (ASHA for short) is a horse charity in France named after an Italian priest who since the Middle Ages has been considered a patron saint of horses. ASHA aims to eradicate psychological problems so that horses can be re-introduced to society and fulfil a useful life as a working animal.

Visa requirement for health insurance

British citizens don’t need a visa to stay or work in France. But all EU citizens still need health insurance if they are planning to live permanently in France. For FrenchEntrée readers in the US, Australia and beyond, you require a valid health insurance certificate as a prerequisite to obtaining a visa.

Advice on diabetes in France

In 2008, Roger and Agnes Williams relocated to France from west Wales. One of the main benefits has been better health care options for their four-year-old son, Ioan, who has type 1 diabetes.

How to Keep Your Pool Water Crystal Clear

Swimming pool water needs to go through a variety of purification processes in order to keep it clean and safe. Chemicals, filters, ph, water types and many more factors need to be taken in to account.

Eating and Cooking in Limousin- Garlic

In a new series of features, we will be looking at some of the ingredients popular in traditional cooking in the Limousin and SW France in general. One of the foodstuffs most often associated with France is the humble garlic bulb or ‘ail’ so this is where we will start.

If you need glasses take a look at this…

Here at Exclusive Healthcare, we are proud of our realistic and practical approach to healthcare insurance provision. We are always working hard to give you the best advice, offer the best products and to provide the best cover possible at

Child Care in France

France has an excellent child-care system in which the state funds 80% of the care. From the age of 2½ months to 3 years a child can be placed in a crèche. Here we look at the child care options in France…

Having a Baby in France

Having a baby is an important time for any family, and as an expat, you will need to know how the maternity system works in France. Here is our guide from pregnancy to birth and post-natal care.

Dealing with health costs in hard times

Five years on, the effects of the global financial crisis are still being felt by many people around the world – including those living in France. The poor £/Euro exchange rate has hit people living on fixed incomes – especially pensioners – and those relying on investment income. Here, experts from Exclusive Healthcare have put together their “survival tips” to help you through hard times.

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Les Amis Des Chats

“Les amis des chats” has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. Since this cat welfare charity was founded in Roquecor, Tarn-et-Garonne in March 2000 it has helped over 5,000 cats, and plans to help even more in the years to come.

Organic Gardening Column

If you are growing under glass, in this heat, red spider mite can become a problem. The answer is to increase humidity and ventilation. June is the month to enjoy the garden. Admire all your hard work and just watch Nature at work!

The Limousin Garden -More inspiration from our local expert

One of the most common topics for questions received Oak garden services are, garden machinery and tools. Mark guides us through the myriad of options…..First and foremost look around, tractors, trailers, vegetable plots, log wagons and machinery dealers on nearly every corner, virtually everywhere. And that is what the Limousin is, part of France’s heartland of agriculture. You very quickly find out here, that the flex for your flymo is really not long enough to reach the end of your garden, you resign yourself to the fact that you need a new mower, but which one, a lawnmower is a lawnmower, right ?

Organic Gardening Column

Organic gardening is about connecting to your garden and its needs rather than fighting against it. Introducing chemicals reduces the natural balance and creates an ongoing fight with nature, says gardener Sheilah Kennedy…

The wonderful walnuts of Corrèze

Following the season of excess, we have been trying to give our systems a rest. Hunting around the store cupboard for a creative addition to cheer up a plate of salad, I came across a bottle of pure gold, a real taste of summer…

French Walnut Oil

One of the Périgord region’s finest gastronomic products is undoubtedly the glorious walnut oil. Its deep and divine scent and flavours do miraculous things to ripe tomatoes, salads, cold meats, charcuterie and vegetables. Having been tempted up a steep track by…

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Treating a Green Pool in France

It doesn’t matter how well we look after our pools, at some time, for one reason or another, the chances are you will have to battle with a green pool…

Pool Hygiene in France

This article endeavours to explain the process of how to balance the water of domestic swimming pools and spas. This is by no means a complete bible of pool care but will hopefully remove some of the myths and clarify the basics.

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English Listening Service in France

SOS Help is a listening service for English speakers in France. Whatever the problem, they are there to take your call every day from 3pm to 11pm. Your call is confidential, you remain anonymous and listeners are non-judgmental.

Healthcare for those retiring to France

Proper healthcare cover is a must-have when retiring to France. While some retirees will be able to affiliate into the French healthcare system, others will be legally obliged to take out private health insurance

Baby Feeding Controversy in France

“Avoine, avoine, avoine..?”, I try again, saying it differently each time, in the hope that I will fall on the right pronunciation, the right vowel sound, which I, with my American tongue, have trouble with…

Rhone-Alpes Health and Wellbeing

Please select a Rhone-Alpes Health and Wellbeing company or business from our list of Health and Wellbeing specialists in the Rhone-Alpes region. You can also search via the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

La Leche League

If you are about to have a baby or just had one and wish to breastfeed, it can be helpful and reassuring to have breastfeeding support in English, especially when living in a new country. The Leche League has been helping mothers in France for more than 20 years. If you live in South West France, you may contact one of the English-speaking Leaders living in France.

How to cope with a travel sick dog

You love bringing your dog to France but as soon at he or she sees the car they start to fret and the journey becomes fraught with problems. What can you do? Vet Arielle Griffiths gives some advice…

Dartmoor sheep

When smallholders Tracey and Steve Hull moved to France to farm full-time, they couldn’t bear to leave behind their grey-faced Dartmoor sheep. Absolute fans, they believe this traditional UK breed are the perfect sheep for smallholders – even in France. Tracey explains why…

Why I Chose…an Historic Mill in Mayenne

Image not found.How did you find your French house? And why did you choose it? What lessons have you learnt? Each month FrenchEntrée asks a homeowner to explain their choice of property in France. This month we talk to Nicki Newman in the Pays de la Loire region

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All in all, all’s well!

‘Tout’ basically means ‘all’, but it is used in a number of ways in different expressions. Since it can be an adjective, a pronoun, an adverb or a noun, there …

Breeding chicks

How do you go about growing your stock? Here’s information breeding naturally and through artificial insemination

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Looking after Pigs

Pigs are entertaining and incredibly efficient at tunring waste into something much more useful. But they need lots of land plus more

Retiring to France?

Moving to France is a big step whatever age you are. But there are some issues that are more like to affect those retiring or planning to retire. Elaine Douglas gives advice on what to expect and how to deal with it.