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Easter in France

During Easter in France, chocolate eggs are just as popular as chocolate fish and bells, as you may have noticed from the irresistible displays in shop windows.

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

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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A taste of France: Corsican delicacies

These local specialities provide a real insight into the place they are produced. Ingredients like chestnuts and citrus fruits crop up time and time again… as do names like fiadone and frappes

Christmas 2015 Galeries Lafayette Paris Photo by Sylvia Davis

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…

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Cash Payments in France Restricted to €1,000

From September 1 onwards, residents in France will not be allowed to make payments of more than 1,000 euros in cash, down from 3,000 previously. Payments in excess of 1,000 euros must be made using another form of payment such as cheque or credit card.

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Byrrh – the Famous Languedoc Roussillon Aperitif

Drive around the villages of the Languedoc Roussillon and you’re bound to see the very strange word ”Byrrh” painted onto the sides of buildings in fading lettering. FrenchEntrée explores the origins of the historic Byrrh apertif, one of the most iconic products of the Languedoc Roussillon.

Shopping in France: your consumer rights

Shopping is almost a rite of passage when you want to enjoy the French way of life, and any shopaholic can easily get carried away by the fantastic diversity of products on offer in l’Hexagone. To shop with peace of

Book review: Paris Gourmet, Trish Deseine

The Paris Gourmet Trish Deseine, Flammarion, £22.50 There are so many restaurants and pâtisserie windows in Paris that someone like Trish – a top food writer who has lived in the French capital for the past 30 years – had to come along to help

Pia Jakobsen, Promenade du Paillon, Nice, Summer 2014

We’ve Chosen the Winner of Our Photography Competition!

We’re happy to announce that Pia Jakobsen’s photograph of children playing among water fountains at one of the French Riviera’s most popular attractions has been named the winner of our photographic competition. Pia, a software engineer and avid amateur photographer from Oslo,

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An Ode to Romantic French Men

We are all well-versed in the notion that French women don’t get fat. They are also the epitome of chic and have the best, unfussiest hairstyles on earth. With so many articles and books written about the style, elegance, and chicness of

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Surviving the Soldes

While Papa Noël, Father Christmas and Santa Claus enjoy a well-needed rest after quite a busy holiday season, an even livelier season is taking hold throughout France: the winter sales! Shop and boutique windows everywhere are displaying the word SOLDES!

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How to eat an oyster

Best-selling author Mireille Guiliano demystifies one of the ultimate luxury foods. Follow her elegantly simple approach to how to taste an oyster, then decide for yourself whether you like them or not.

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My village: At home in St-Antonin

I always knew we’d chosen wisely when we bought our house in France, but now everyone can get a flavour of where we live. Our small town, St Antonin Noble Val, is the setting for the recently-released film, The Hundred-foot

Popular Products and Where to Buy

Shopping in France Welcome to our comprehensive guide to Shopping in France. Here you will find the latest Sales dates, where to find your favourite products, how to return faulty items and much more. View all our articles about Shopping

French television

Watching local TV is one of the best ways to keep up with what is happening in the country and improve your language skills.

Portrait of a Frenchman

Flirt like a Frenchman

Stopping at a crêpe stand for a snack , I recently witnessed a prime example of the art of flirting. As he handed over the thin pancake sprinkled with sugar to a lady who was clearly past the first blush

The Perfect Guest Room

“Oh isn’t this room just lovely.” Now that’s what you want to hear, whether it’s friends and family or paying guests …

French seasonal dish …raclette

In our continuing series of delicious recipes using a seasonal star ingredient, for January British chef in France, Chris Lacey, rustles up a quick Menu Rapide and a slower A La Carte dish with tasty raclette cheese

Gourmet hotspots in Paris

Hidden gems have their place, but the French capital boasts many well-known names it would be wrong to ignore. Here are our top gourmet hotspots, from Café de Flore to Fauchon. Paris wouldn’t be the same without them.

First Siesta Bar opens in Paris

A French twist on a Japanese concept, a restorative pit stop is now available to tired tourists or stressed locals. The location at the Opera area, where there’s plenty of office buildings and huge shopping emporiums like Galeries Printemps or

Learning French can make you smarter

There are difficulties tolearning to speak French well. Here are some observations and tips about learning French from an English speaker’s point of view.

Perfect Winter Cheese

The ring of spruce casing that keeps the cheese together infuses a woody flavour. Try the baked version of this winter favorite.