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It is traditional to give Lily of the Valley on 1 May © Atout France / Emmanuel Valentin

National holidays in France in May

There are no less than five national holidays in France in May, when many business close for the day. If you are planning a trip to France this month make sure you know when they are so you don’t get caught out!

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Paying your income tax in France

There’s no getting around it; if you’re planning a move to France, you’re going to need to know how to pay your income tax. Tax expert Rob Kay explains how the income tax system works and what rates you pay

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WIN! Two Paris travel guides

Enter our competition to win two new Paris travel guides from Marco Polo

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Make sure you get value for money when you exchange currency

6 tips for getting the best currency deal

Finding the best deal on currency can save you thousands of pounds, but it’s a minefield due to a lack of clear pricing and credible comparison sites. Foreign exchange expert Helen Scott, managing director of Eris FX, says this is unacceptable and explains why she is on a crusade to bring greater transparency to the market.Here she passes on her tips and advice to get the best value for your money. ADVERTISING FEATURE

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Village house in Vienne

Village house in Vienne

This pretty village house already set up as a luxury B&B is Emma Rawle’s favourite French property for sale

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May 2015: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in May 2015, including the country’s ‘night at the museum’ event, Cannes film festival, several music festivals and the creation of an eight-metre strawberry tart!

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Collonges-la-Rouge © Pierre SOISSONS / ADT Corrèze

Explore the Dordogne Valley

Travel beyond the well-known hotspots of Dordogne and into the Dordogne Valley, and you will find pretty villages, peaceful countryside, delicious food and wine and a strong culture

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Guide to utilities in France

One of the first things you will need to get to grips with following a move to France is your gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies. Here is our simple guide to setting up utilities in France

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Planning a wedding in France: the paperwork

Don’t let fears of the bureaucracy put you off holding your dream wedding in France. Here is a simple guide to all of the paperwork you need to produce in order to get married in France

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House in Puy-de-Dome for 280,000 euros

3 houses in France for €280,000

With the GBP/EUR exchange rate reaching a seven-year high recently, UK buyers are finding that their property budget can stretch much further in France. Here are 3 properties for €280,000 in France which will cost you just over £200,000

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Running a cookery school in Gascony

David and Vikki Chance moved to Gascony in 2007, where they teamed up with local chef Bernard Corbière to run a thriving cookery school. After speaking to the couple in September 2010, Living France catches up with them for a five-year update

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How to start a property search in France

If you are planning to buy a property in France then you need to prepare before embarking on a house-hunting trip. Here is our guide to starting a property search in France and finding your dream home

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Beziers, Languedoc-Roussillon © Janine Marsh

Béziers at a glance

The town of Béziers in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France offers sunshine, easy accessibiliy and plenty of attractions. We take a quick look at the town

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Living France May 2015

May 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new May 2015 issue of Living France we explore Seine-Maritime in Normandy, meet an expat cruising Burgundy’s canals and find out the planning permission rules in France

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Maison de l'Orb B&B © Janine Marsh

Expat life: Setting up a B&B in Béziers

Expat Mark Binmore and his partner Ben moved from London to Béziers in the south of France and set up a B&B, we find out how they did it and why they chose Béziers

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Tax payable on a second home in France

The French tax system can be confusing for expats, so we asked a tax expert to explain the taxes you will have to pay on a second home in France

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