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Holidays in France

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Tributes to Paris

We received so many messages of solidarity for Paris that we couldn’t publish them all in the magazine. Here are some of our other tributes to the City of Light

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8 reasons to keep visiting Paris

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris shocked the world, but don’t let them deter you from visiting this truly beautiful city. Here are our top reasons why you should still go

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New Lyon Eurostar opens up more Alpine ski resorts

Eurostar’s direct train service to Lyon opens up more Alpine resorts to skiers, says Daniel Elkan

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Living in France

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6 essential skills you need to run a holiday let in France

You need plenty of varied skills to run a holiday let in France, from DIY to customer service skills – do you have what it takes?

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Lille Christmas market © OTCL Lille / Laurent Ghesquiere

9 festive events in France in December 2015

France is a magical place in December with traditional marchés de Noël in almost every town but there is also a turkey parade and a Christmas swim in the Mediterranean to look forward to...

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Callian in Var © Pierre Behar

Exploring Var in southern France

Stretching from Saint-Tropez and the Mediterranean coast through mountains and forest to the Alps and the Gorges du Verdon, the department of Var in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is certainly diverse and popular with those looking for a life in the sun

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Les Escavalins olive farm in Var © Gerry Whitcombe-Power

Expat life: running an olive farm in Var

An olive farm in Var in Provence captured the hearts of British couple Gerry and Mark Whitcombe-Power, and they transformed the rundown farm into a gîte business and now produce their own AOC olive oil. Find out how they did it

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Living France December 2015

December 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new December 2015 issue of Living France we explore Charente, offer tax advice for savers, discover the best Christmas events and share the recipe for a French festive treat…

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Property in France

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French property dream: Chalet Apsara, Méribel

Once autumn rain has given way to winter snow and sparkling slopes, could your French property dream be anything other than a chalet in the Alps? Rachel Johnston argues not

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Two-bedroom apartment in Les Houches for 280,000 euros

3 Alpine apartments in France

Are you one of the many considering investing in a ski property in France for the winter? Here are three Alpine apartments for sale with good access to the ski slopes to get you started

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The owners of this chateau in Dordogne rent it out in July and August for £8,000-9.500 per week

Getting into the château market in France

While the French nobility may have lost their titles during the Revolution, Michelle Denton Cook discovers that the life of a lord or lady of the manor can still be enjoyed today

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GBP/EUR exchange: how much further does your money now go in France?

What a difference a year makes. The GBP/EUR exchange rate has come a long way and your money now goes that much further in France as a result, as David Trumper discovers

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French culture

Provence's 13 Christmas desserts © V. Formica

The 13 traditional desserts eaten at Christmas in Provence

Traditionally, Christmas Eve dinner in Provence is followed by 13 desserts and guests have to try each one!

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The Eiffel Tower stands brightly illuminated at dusk © Fotolia

To Paris with love

Readers and contributors explain why the City of Light has a place in their hearts in our tribute to the French capital

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Léa Seydoux in the new James Bond film Spectre © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

The new Bond girl

Cannes award-winner Léa Seydoux tells Pierre de Villiers about the challenges of playing a modern ‘Bond girl’

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The beautiful Christmas tree takes centre stage inside the Galeries LaFayette department store in Paris © Fotolia

16 festive French words

With the festive season upon us here are 16 different French words to help you get in the Christmas spirit

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