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The new regulations are designed to protect owners and buyers living within a multi-occupancy building, such as a typical block of flats

France’s loi ALUR explained

New rules concerning the sale of properties in co-ownership buildings has caused confusion and consternation. Peter-Danton de Rouffignac unpicks the loi ALUR

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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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Sterling work: Exchange rates

When buying property overseas, the strategies you use for exchanging currency can make big differences to how much you pay, says Nadine Rodgers-Callan

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Secret agents: French property professionals explained

With so many options available to househunters in France, Sophia Mose takes the lid off the world of estate agents, property finders and buyer’s agents

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Talk the talk: learning to speak French

Making the move across the Channel can be a learning curve, but mastering the French language will be fun and rewarding, as Alice Phillpott explains

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France’s blue ribbon: the Lot valley

Best admired from on the water or in the saddle, the western Lot valley has breathtaking beauty and property to match, as Rachel Johnston discovers

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Writer’s blocks: building a home in Collioure

For one Scottish author, building her dream home in sun-drenched Languedoc-Roussillon was the culmination of a life-long connection with France, as Vicky Leigh discovers

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The pound’s tour de force

Currency analyst Chris Saint looks at the pound’s steady climb against the euro

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Midi majesty: Château Ventenac

This impressive property has a rich history and an exciting future, as Rachel Johnston discovers

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Splash the cash: French homes with pools

With summer upon us, and thousands of Brits flocking to enjoy their second-home pools in France, Joanna Leggett shares her top tips on joining the happy splashers

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A year in Aix-en-Provence

Keen to try something new, last summer Jill Cowdry persuaded her family to swap life in London for a year in Aix-en-Provence, and they haven’t looked back since

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Interview with an estate agent in northern France

Edward Lazarus of Domus Abroad shares his view of the property market across the northern half of France

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French property law: clause and effect

Writing certain clauses into property contracts can protect your position as a buyer. Sue Busby details three areas that can help you safeguard the initial purchase contract

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