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French property

Moving currency is often left to the last minute, but it pays dividends to think about it as early as possible

Currency exchange in France: forward contracts and timing

Arranging your finances to buy that dream home in France might not be the most glamorous of jobs, but it can save you thousands of pounds, says Matthew Harris

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Le Prieuré

French property dreams: a priory in Dordogne

Rachel Johnston heads to ever-popular Dordogne to contemplate life in a beautifully restored residence with 16th-century origins

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The apartment building's balconied facade

My dream home: Susie Hollands’ apartment in Paris

Susie Hollands of VINGT Paris is charmed by the history and romance of an apartment in the Marais

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Money talks: opening a French bank account

Opening a French bank account

Opening a French bank account will help you organise your finances and keep track of mortgage payments and bills. Laurent Galy explains the basics of banking in France

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FPN Oct issue on sale

October 2015 issue of French Property News out now!

A preview of what you’ll find inside our latest issue – holiday business special

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Last Chance in the Pyrénées by Julia Stagg

WIN! A copy of Last Chance in the Pyrénées

Enter our competition to win a copy of Last Chance in the Pyrénées by Julia Stagg

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Whatever your taste in wine, France will satisfy

Where to buy French property... if you want vineyards

Karen Tait lists the areas to aim for if you like your wine

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Laura's apartment in Lyon is part of a building dating back to the time of the silk industry

A French address: renovating an apartment in Lyon

After just one property viewing, Laura Brackenridge and her partner knew they’d found their first home together in Lyon; they then embarked on a major renovation

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En route to Arcais in the Marais Poitevin

Properties along France’s new cycle route

La Vélo Francette is France’s newest long-distance cycle route – Lynette Eyb gets on her bike to discover the villages and properties along the way

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This computer-generated image shows how Le Cristal de Jade, MGM’s new résidence in Chamonix, will look when it is completed next year

British buyers snap up a third of luxurious new Chamonix apartments

Just 21 months after announcing plans to build what is expected to be rated as the first ever five-star résidence de tourisme in the French Alpine ski resort of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the developer MGM reports that Britons have snapped up a third of the apartments sold to date. ADVERTISING FEATURE

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French banks invariably do not agree to finance projects that involve works carried out by builders not registered and insured in France

Mortgages: financing a renovation project in France

Simon Smallwood explains the issues to consider if you’re planning to finance a renovation project in France with a French mortgage

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Farmhouse near Londigny (Charente) with step-free access and two large ground-floor bedrooms, 316,720 euros (leggettfrance.com)

Accessible French property for wheelchair users

Life sitting down doesn’t have to mean life staying put. If you or someone you know is a wheelchair user, Rachel Johnston has some insight and inspiration for life in l’Hexagone

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Harvest time in Champagne ©Atout France Olivier Roux

Explore Champagne and Burgundy

As UNESCO adds parts of Champagne and Burgundy to its World Heritage List, Vicky Leigh takes a tour of these wine-producing regions and looks at property for sale

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Caunes-Minervois, Aude

Holiday lets in France: town or country?

Revisiting the age-old question of whether rural or urban French life is best, Glynis Shaw decides that maybe somewhere in the middle might be the perfect solution

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Notre-Dame de la Garde watching over Marseille

Magical Marseille

Sea, sun, culture and affordable property – all this and more is on offer in this Mediterranean city where bourgeois meets bohemian

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Your estate agent can recommend a notaire, or you can find one on the notaires.fr website

French property buying guide part 9: the role of the notaire

You can’t buy a property in France without using a notaire, so before you start househunting it makes sense to understand their role. Karen Tait reports

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