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Cobbled arcades are typical in Tarn's historic villages

Location spotlight: Tarn

Wanting to escape from it all and to find the perfect retreat, Laura Croxford explains why Tarn is the place to go if you are searching for ‘la France profonde’

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There are 10 ways in which you can ensure your property purchase proceeds safely

10 French property pitfalls to avoid

Ensure your purchase goes smoothly with these top tips for buying a home in France

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Jennifer with two of her daughters

Moving from America to Aquitaine

Life in Bordeaux is a big hit and has even prompted a blog, as Vicky Leigh finds out

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Tracy Whelan and her husband Martin

Buying a home in France

Vicky Leigh meets an expat British couple swapping the Middle East for Mayenne

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How could the proposed changes to capital gains tax rules affect expats?

Kehinde Dauda runs through the new rules for capital gains tax on UK homes sold by non-UK residents, and explains how to minimise their effects

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Val Thorens, the Alps, France

9 of the best ski properties in the French Alps

Looking for a ski property in the French Alps? has a property for every budget, from studio apartments to luxurious chalets, in some of France’s best-known ski resorts

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The sisters decided to build a straw bale house as they wanted to use natural materials and live off-grid

Real life: building a straw house in France

Follow the story of three sisters who built a straw house as Samantha Bottomley looks into whether embarking on a self-build is the best way to achieve the dream

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A holiday home in France – Lodges and Mobile Homes

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French Property News March 2015 issue

March 2015 issue of French Property News out now!

In the new March 2015 issue we explore the best places to retire in France, discover the hidden villages of Paris and find out how you can get more property for your money. We’ve also got expert advice on the holiday accommodation market, French mortgages and the tax system in France

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'My Old Lady' stars Kevin Kline and Dame Maggie Smith

WIN! a copy of My Old Lady on DVD

My Old LadyCurzon Film World, Cert. 15, £15.99,

Any film that can name Kristin Scott Thomas and Dame Maggie Smith among its line-up is a draw in itself, but couple that with a story set in Paris – especially one about French property – and it’s seriously one to watch.

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This computer-generated image shows how Le Cristal de Jade in Chamonix will look when completed

New properties in the French Alps popular with British buyers

Off-plan British buyers snap up a third of luxurious new Chamonix apartments


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French mayors hold regular surgeries known as 'permanences', at which locals can raise issues and discuss community concerns

The role of a French maire

Ever wondered how a French maire is elected and what exactly it is that they do? Ian Blackshaw lifts the lid on the life of that local stalwart of village life en France

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There have never been more ways to find a property in France, but sometimes too much choice can be worse than too little!

8 ways to find a French property

Once you’ve decided to buy a French property, what options do you have for finding it? Karen Tait has some suggestions

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Rob creates the bespoke kitchen

French property renovation project in Midi-Pyrénées

In the first part of her renovation diary, Carolyn Cornthwaite tackles the overgrown orchard, creates a reclaimed kitchen and makes friends with the neighbours in France

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French property law: estate planning

Ensuring the whole family is looked after following your death is all part of buying a property in France, as Sue Busby’s helpful guide outlines

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Location spotlight: a trio of towns near St-Tropez

In search of history-laden towns and modern property, Carolyn Reynier explores a triangle of Provence 25km west of the popular coastal resort of St-Tropez

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