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The Thiepval Memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, © Fotolia

World War I: Journey of remembrance

Cycling along the length of the Western Front, Paul Lamarra tried to come to terms with the scale and horror of World War I

A view towards the Fort National in Saint-Malo, © Dreamstime

Exploring the Brittany coast

Walking along the Côte d’Émeraude from Cancale to Cap Fréhel gave Paul Lamarra the luxury of enjoying spectacular clifftop views and secluded coves

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Tony, Yvette and Scooter and their beloved camper van © S. Haurant

Running a camper van hire company in the south-west of France

Tony and Yvette Martin swapped Brighton for south-west France, where they run a camper van hire company from their converted watermill home, as Sandra Haurant discovers

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Property pick: modern home in Pays de la Loire

This modern home in Sarthe in Pays de la Loire is our property pick this week

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This month, Karen Wheeler gets invited to a Bollywood-themed fancy-dress party

Summer nights in rural France can sometimes seem like a non-stop outdoor party: barbecues, local fêtes, and a surprising number of fancy-dress gatherings.

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Saint-Malo © CRTB / Yannick Le Gal

A guide to Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany

With its unspoilt beaches, pretty villages and the vibrant city of Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine has much to offer, says Patricia Stoughton

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Property in France

Lock up and leave: second homes in France

If you own a second home in France, you want to know it’s safe and secure when you are not in residence. Vanessa Couchman provides some handy hints

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The old port of Marseille

Spotlight on Marseille

After two decades of renewal, Provence’s coastal capital has become the cultural city of the future, as Frances Marcellin discovers

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La plage du Moulleau, Bassin d'Arcachon. Gironde

France’s top beaches

Karen Tait picks out eight of France’s best beaches, ideal for holidaymakers and househunters

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French Alps tops south of France in property popularity ratings

Unsure whether to buy in a place to ski or in the sun, a Wimbledon couple choose a French Alpine village which offers the best of both

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French culture

Medieval buildings in Place Plumereau in Tours, © Dreamstime

Self-catering guide to Tours

With a great choice of wine, freshwater fish and other locla delicacies, Tours is the place to stock up on food in the Loire Valley, as Victoria Trott finds out

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Vineyards just outside Carcassonne's walls, © iStockphoto

Exploring Languedoc’s wine country

Out of the shadow of Carcassonne’s medieval turrets, Languedoc’s vineyards are emerging into a brighter future. Dominic Rippon pays a visit.

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Irresistible chocolate chestnut truffles, © Joanne Harris

Recipe: P’tite Mère’s chocolate chestnut truffles

Have a go at this recipe from Joanne Harris to make your own heavenly chocolate truffles

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Barfleur harbour, © Fotolia

Village life: The beauty from within

The Normandy village of Barfleur has a rich maritime heritage, as Paul Lamarra discovers during a visit to the harbourside community

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