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Different types of insurance for your French house

Protecting your home against risk is an important aspect of buying a home in France, especially if you are absent for long periods of time, says Guillaume Poissant

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The perfect plaice: running a fishing business in France

From freshwater lakes to deep sea tours, fishing has never been more popular in France. Lynette Eyb speaks to two families who have entered the world of fishing tourism

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WIN a copy of Rachel Khoo’s Sweet & Savoury Pâtés

Enter our competition to win a copy of Rachel Khoo’s Sweet & Savoury Pâtés

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Renovation relocation

If the chance to knock a wall down or flex your interior design muscles is your idea of fun, join Joanna Leggett as she explores bargains in Provence and Rhône-Alpes

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French delicacies demystified

Never had the courage to stray beyond French bread and Brie? Our guide to the seemingly unappetising might have you converted

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Choosing contractors for your French house

As Matt Montgomery embarks on his second French renovation, he shares insights on choosing contractors and navigating the bureaucracy with David Middleton

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10 golden rules for househunting in France

Peter-Danton de Rouffignac has spent years advising others on buying property in France. So, when looking for a place himself, he stuck to these 10 rules

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Family-friendly Les Gets, Haute-Savoie

With year-round activities for all ages to enjoy and opportunities aplenty to buy a pied-à-terre on the piste, Les Gets is the place to be, as Ben Palfreyman discovers

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French tax doesn’t need to be taxing

There are a number of tax implications to consider before making a move to France. Kate Brehaut explains the requirements of French income tax and social surcharges and guides you through the forms you’ll need to complete

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Bright outlook: a great season on the slopes will be reflected by a boost in the sale of ski properties and the indications are good for this year

More properties to be built in the French Alps

Strong demand for ski properties prompts MGM to ramp up its French Alpine construction programme

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Running a hotel in Dordogne

Having dreamed of owning a hotel one day, Arjan and Marije Capelle tell Alice Broeksma how a Dutch couple ended up in a French town built by the English

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Soulages has donated 500 paintings to the museum in Rodez

New Soulages museum puts Rodez on the map

Nav Vilain heads to the Aveyron capital to tell the story of one of the city’s sons, contemporary artist Soulages, whose uncompromising use of black sets him truly apart

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What’s all the fosse? A guide to septic tanks

The fosse septique is one of those less glamorous intricacies of French life that could take you unawares. Mary Hall explains how to prepare for buying homes with a septic tank

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Northern and southern France go head to head

Which part of France offers most — north or south? Glynis Shaw speaks to two gîte owners who argue their case for living and hosting guests in their chosen area

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5 top tips on househunting at a French property exhibition

Karen Tait offers some top tips to help you get the most out of French property exhibitions, and allow you to use both your head and your heart when househunting

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Stretch for the stars: a yoga retreat in Lot-et-Garonne

Having travelled to the Himalayas to learn the art of yoga, Tamsin Chubb is inspired to make a permanent move to her farmhouse in rural France to open a relaxing retreat

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