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?

UK TV in France

Many English-speaking residents are interested in watching UK TV in France to keep up with their favourite programms and films, and get the news in their own language.

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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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Moules Marinière

This is the Charentaise take on a traditional seafood favourite, that typically French mussel recipe of moules marinière with a dash of Pineau.

Less Style Council, more My Council

As one of the newly elected municipal councillors in a small commune, what kinds of things do we discuss? From school buses, to bins, to verge cutting, to complaints about roads, noise and neighbours, life’s rich tapestry is represented. I

How to get fluent in Franglais

  Un footing, le timing, un people – these are all French words! Of course, they sound English but they have been stolen, or should I say adapted, and mean something completely different in French. Un footing is the word for

Removals to France

Removals to France

Removals to France Welcome to our comprehensive guide to removals to France.  One of the big decisions when you move to France is what to do with your belongings. Once you sort out what is definitely coming with you, the next step

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Top tips for buying overseas

If you’re buying property in France then you will need to make an international money transfer to move your money from the UK to France. The traditional way of doing this is with a high street bank; however you could

10-second CV: François Cluzet

Name: François Cluzet Born:  21 September 1955 Early career: Growing up in Paris, Cluzet was inspired to act from a young age, his father taking him on weekly outings to the theatre. He made his stage debut in 1976, soon

French Property Raises Appeal for Brits

Don’t miss out. French property buyers are set to benefit after a recent government announcement reduced the qualifying ownership period to be eligible for an exemption from real estate capital gains tax.

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Estate Planning for French Residents

For most UK residents, making a move across the Channel does not mean a change in estate planning objectives. But what is likely to require a change is the financial planning approach and the techniques used to achieve these objectives.

Bringing the Language to You

Immersion is one of the best ways to acquire a new language. This doesn’t mean that you’ll go to sleep one night and wake up a fluent speaker the next morning.

Wilfred Owen: Death of a poet

Having suffered a gas attack, frostbite and shellshock – and chronicled the horrors of the Western Front by letter and in his poems – Wilfred Owen thought he would survive the war…

Your guide to the French telecom market

Moving to France or within it has all the same stresses as moving within the UK, as well as others, and with phones and broadband becoming ever more important this knowledgeable and informative book helps to simplify the whole process.

Can’t afford to retire in the UK?

Around 70% of prospective overseas buyers are aged 50 or over and with 59% stating emigration for retirement as the purpose for their overseas property purchase, France remains one of the most popular destinations for those in their “third age”.

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How to Maximise Your Uk Pension in France

Many French Entrée readers will be planning to move to France, probably on retirement. At that stage it is likely that they will need to rely heavily on that pension …

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Noisy Neighbours

Clients are generally very happy with their French properties and we seldom hear about noise disturbance and the annoyance and stress this causes. But one particular case has encouraged us to write this article…

Bergerac wine: Behind the label

Wine expert Chris Skyrme looks at the terroir, grapes and winemaking styles that are giving Begerac’s wine an increasingly good name, from sweet Monbazillac to red Pécharmant.

Living and studying in Paris

Ellie Cobbe spent six months studying in the French capital and met a wealth of different people from all different backgrounds with one shared philosophy: a desire to live and learn in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

French: it’s easier than you think!

Over the years lots of language students have decided to choose to learn Spanish rather than French in the belief that the French language is much more difficult. Actually, French is much easier than you ever expect…

Bienvenue Patricia

The latest addition to our property finders network is Patricia Williams in Lot & Quercy. She first fell for France some 40 years ago on a road trip in a hired VW camper. Since moving here from the Scottish Highlands, Patricia has

An Australian author in France

My French Life and French Essence are two books that tell the story of how life changed after Vicki – who was living in Sydney – bought a farmhouse in Provence and moved the family to 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.

How to Spend £100,000 in Brittany

If you have £100,000 to spend on a coastal property in France, what can you get for your money? FrenchEntrée Property Consultant Gaëlle Perreaux looks at the options in Brittany and the south of France

Broadband you can rely on

How do you make sure you get the best from the French telecom services? Read the first part of The Definitive Guide for the Everyday User by French telecoms and IT expert Bob Elliot

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Purchasing Land in France

The purchase of land in France is reasonably similar to the purchase of an existing property. However, there are a few differences to be aware of and additional considerations are necessary…

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Returning to the UK from France?

There’s no avoiding the fact that living in France doesn’t suit everybody. For those who are thinking about returning to Britain, Mervyn Simms, former Director of financial experts Blevins Franks, offers some guidance…

Starting school in France

Holly was 12 when her family moved from Beaminster in Dorset to the Mayenne in France and had to go to a French school. Find out how she got on…

Electricity in France

The main supplier of electricity to domestic homes in France is EDF (Electricité de France) which is state owned. Other electricity providers include CNR (Compagnie nationale du Rhône) and Endesa (through SNET). EDF now have an English language page on their website and English speaking staff.