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Re-Mortgaging and Releasing Equity on French Property

“There is no need to keep all your assets tied up in one property” It is becoming increasingly popular to look at the options surrounding re-mortgaging or raising equity against property in France. During the UK property boom of the

Regional Property Guide: Aquitaine

Despite its long and rich history, not many people know of Aquitaine, although many will be familiar with place names such as Biarritz, St.Emilion and Arcachon, or have probably consumed its most famous exports, wine, cognac, and foie gras.

French car insurance

French car insurance

Insuring your vehicle in France is not dissimilar to doing so in the UK. There, are, however, some differences you need to be aware of, whether it is your only motor or a second one.

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Lead in Your French Home

When do you need a mandatory inspection? Throughout France, an inspection for the presence of lead in paintwork is mandatory when any building built before January 1949 is sold (both common areas and/or areas for private use). The inspection must

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?

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Living in harmony with wildlife in France

One of the many reasons given for moving to France is the beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife. Long-term Limousin resident Kathleen shares some tips on living peacefully alongside wildlife in France.

So what do you do when you find an owl in the bathroom?……….

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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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Why French Estate Agents Won’t Give Addresses

If you are planning a trip to France to view a few houses, you may find that the estate agents refuse to give out the address of the properties you are interested in. We tell you why…

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Mais aux Patrons

In certain towns within the Dordogne region, you may notice a new tree planted or tree branches tacked on to the front of local businesses along with a couple of small tricolore flags and a sign annoucing ‘Honneur’. Find out what it means…

Sell your property privately in France

Market your property and start generating enquiries by speaking to one of our advertising consultants, we will be happy to create a package for you that is quick, easy and cost effective. Why FrenchEntrée? Our database of over 14,000 French

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Promote your holiday rental in France

From a château to a B&B and from Brittany to Nice, with FrenchEntrée you can reach over 300,000 potential customers holidaying and travelling in France. Why FrenchEntrée? FrenchEntrée is the leading online guide to holidaying and property in France with

Film review: Looking for Hortense

Director: Pascal Bonitzer Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Kristin Scott Thomas, Isabelle Carré Cert: 12A Running time: 100 mins Damien (Bacri) lives in Paris with his partner Iva (Scott Thomas) and their young son Noé (Marin Orcand Torrès) in a beautiful bourgeois apartment. But when

Two Aussie blokes in Paris

Two Australian mates who would regularly get together to watch the football and became the unlikely authors of the travel memoir ‘Paris Tragics’ talk about their shared passion for France.

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Advertise your company in the FrenchEntrée Directories

The FrenchEntrée Directories have grown to become the most popular resource on the web for France. The directories are very popular with our visitors and are highly visible on search engines like Google as well as being heavily promoted across

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Aligot, an irresistible speciality from the Aveyron

Aligot is a fondue-like potato and cheese dish made by skilled men with vast wooden paddles and often served alongside local sausages or spit-roast veal, lamb or pork. Aligot transcends its simple ingredients and tastes best eaten outdoors in a crowded village square on a summer’s evening.

Log cabin in France representing a eco-friendly property

Log Cabins, Chalets and Eco-friendly Property in France

Our growing awareness of the impact we have on our environment has led to a growing interest in eco-buildings as full-time residences. Wood is a sustainable resource and careful husbandry will allow these products to be available long after the plastic, fossil fuel created windows and doors become uneconomical.

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Learning French: How to ask a question

VIDEO: in this episode of her popular Comme une Française series, Géraldine helps us with a simple way to ask a question in French. In each of six different way to phrase a question there is a subtle change in the degree of politeness that is appropriate to each situation.

How to order a coffee in France

VIDEO: we understand how challenging it can be to get through the simplest things in a foreign language. In this episode of Comme Une Française TV, we learn how to order a coffee in France.

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The game of pétanque, a French institution

Pétanque is one of the most popular pastimes in France and can trace its origins to Provence, where it goes hand in had with animated conversation and an apéritif. The goal is to throw steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called the cochonnet in an attempt to knock the opponent’s boules out of the way.

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!

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Chestnut and orange crêpes recipe

Popular at any time of year this crêpe recipe incorporates chestnuts – a Limousin speciality. The basic mixture is made separately so you can use your own imagination for the fillings, the possibilities are endless…..

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Roquefort cheese from the Aveyron

Roquefort is a flavourful ewe’s-milk blue cheese and is France’s second most popular cheese after Comté. During the Age of Enlightenment, the French philosopher Diderot attributed the title “King of Cheeses” to Roquefort cheese, declaring in 1782 that “Roquefort cheese is without doubt the finest cheese in Europe”.

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Black truffles from the Languedoc

The black truffle, also known as the ‘black pearl’ or ‘black diamond’ of the kitchen, is one of the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world. It is harvested from November to February not just in the Perigord, but also in a number of other regions where conditions are favourable, and that includes the Languedoc and Provence.

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Boeuf Bourguignon: a French classic

Want to impress your friends? Why not try out the most famous of all French dishes, le Boeuf Bourguignon? Here’s a tried and tested recipe.

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What is a Réveillon in France?

According to French tradition, a proper réveillon will bring prosperity to the household. A réveillon is a long dinner, and possibly party, held on the evenings preceding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Memories of a French Christmas

I’m in Paris. It’s evening and the snow is falling. I’m standing before the huge open window in the parlour of the apartment on the Rue des Grands Augustins. I’m gazing at the white lights twinkling on the Eiffel Tower