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The French frigate Hermione moored in the port of Rochefort

French frigate Hermione sails to America

The replica of a French ship that fought in the American War of Independence is retracing the original voyage

Harbour and marina of Monte Carlo, Monaco, © iStockphoto

My France interview: Paula Radcliffe

World record-holding long distance runner Paula Radcliffe studied French at university and moved to Monaco in 1995. She tells Carolyn Boyd what she loves about living in the principality and her training trips to the Pyrénées.

The cemetery at Delville Wood

Scars of the 
 Somme

On the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Paul Lamarra tours the Picardy countryside where one of the bloodiest battles was fought

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Amelia and Kourosh Bassiti in their garden in Charente-Maritime

Gardening in Charente-Maritime

A British expat tells us about her garden in Charente-Maritime in France and shares some tips for other gardeners in France

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Katie Jones in her vineyard Domaine Jones © Domaine Jones

Katie Jones owns vineyard Domaine Jones in Languedoc-Roussillon

British expat Katie Jones produces wine from her vineyard, Domaine Jones, in Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Beautiful chalet in the French Alps

Dream property: ski chalet in the French Alps

Every so often, we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Emma Rawle is dreaming of a life in the mountains in this chalet in the French Alps

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Saint-Geniez-d'Olt, on the banks of the Lot river in Aveyron © Emma Rawle

Estate agent interview: the Lot Valley

No-one knows the area like a local estate agent. We asked Jean-Stéphane Vilain, of Selection Habitat, for the inside track on the upper Lot Valley

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Upcycling in progress in the workshop

Tips on upcycling your furniture

We talk to upcycling specialist Clio Wood to find out how to add some personal French touches to your home interior

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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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French culture

Tarte Tatin © Snap and Stir

Tarte Tatin recipe

Food writer Mary Cadogan shares her recipe for tarte Tatin and reveals the origins of the dessert

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Inside La Table d'Aimé restaurant

Restaurant Review: La Table d’Aimé, Rivesaltes

Deep in the heart of the Roussillon region Emma Rawle is left thoroughly impressed by one restaurant’s organic fare

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Medieval buildings in Place Plumereau in Tours, © Dreamstime

Self-catering guide to Tours

With a great choice of wine, freshwater fish and other locla delicacies, Tours is the place to stock up on food in the Loire Valley, as Victoria Trott finds out

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Vineyards just outside Carcassonne's walls, © iStockphoto

Exploring Languedoc’s wine country

Out of the shadow of Carcassonne’s medieval turrets, Languedoc’s vineyards are emerging into a brighter future. Dominic Rippon pays a visit.

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