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Sun worshippers relax along the edges of the Paris Plage on the Seine quayside © Paris Tourist Office

8 of the best things to do this summer in Paris

Whether you’re going on holiday to Paris for the first time this summer, or if you’re an old returner enchanted by the City’s charm, Paris won’t fail to provide you with things to see and do, says Laura Dunham

Roses adorn many of the houses in Chédigny © Julian Elliott

Take a stroll in … Chedigny

A small village in the Loire Valley has turned itself into a giant rose garden, to the delight of visitors including Carolyn Boyd

Rosemary Shrager

Interview with Rosemary Shrager

The British chef and teacher, known for TV shows including Ladette to Lady, tells Zoë McIntyre about working with French chefs and her love of Provence

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Tulip festival at Chateau de Vendeuvre

April 2015: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in April 2015, including a tulip festival in Normandy, a tough cycle race from Paris, a light show in Chartres and a nature festival in Picardy

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Rue du Taur Toulouse © Boigontier

Living in Toulouse

Franco-British couple Simon and Sonia Quémard tell all about living in Toulouse and appearing on a French TV programme in order to find their period city-centre apartment

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Accessing the heath care system in France

British expats in France will need to apply for an S1 EC health form in order to access the French heath care system. An expert explains how the form works and who is entitled to receive it

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Toulouse at a glance

Toulouse, capital of the Haute-Garonne department in Midi-Pyrénées, is popular with expats and visitors. We take a quick look at the city to find out why

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Nine-bedroom 'bastide' with 250 acres of vines, olive groves, meadows, forests and riverbanks, 15m euros

Luxury French property for less

Even if you don’t have a big budget, you can still buy a glamorous property in France, says Karen Tait

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Top tips for successful holiday lettings in France

As the holiday season approaches, Glynis Shaw shares the rental trends she believes will be popular in 2015

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Cancelling French insurance policies: the loi Hamon explained

Making sure you double-check all your documents in France is a good policy for British expats, especially when it comes to cancelling insurance, says Guillaume Poissant

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How the couple's dream home will look when it is complete

New-build diary part 1: a timber-frame house in Charente

Timber-framed buildings may be rare in rural Charente, but Jess and Tom Kyle stay true to their ambition of building a Passivhaus-inspired home in the sunshine

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Do you know your fraise from your pastèque?

Test your knowledge by pairing the English and French words for each fruit in this fun game of Pairs.

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Wine and cheese

10 of the best food & wine tours in France

Love the thought of touring French vineyards and spending days sampling delicious French food and wines? Then check out our favourite 10 food and drink holidays across France that include among others champagne trails, river cruises and cognac tasting breaks

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18 French words you need to know to use the banking system in France

Do you know how to say ‘cash’ or ‘overdraft’ in French? Here are 18 words and phrases you need to know in order to be able to use the French banking system

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French food to take home: Goat’s cheese

In her monthly column, Food blogger and Paris resident Clotilde Dusoulier shows how to use the produce that we buy from French markets. This year it’s goat’s cheese in the limelight

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