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Snow chains are fitted to tyres to improve traction in snowy conditions

Driving in the mountains with snow chains: 14 dos and don’ts to keep you safe

Snow chains are a crucial bit of car kit if you plan to drive in the mountains on icy and snowy roads. They provide maximum traction when driving through snow and ice, however it is important to use them properly and safely. Paul Lamarra passes on the dos and don’t of driving with snow chains.

Waterside cafés in the Saint-Leu district of Amiens © Fotolia

Enjoy a fun-filled day out in… Amiens

A day trip to the capital of Picardy offers plenty of things to see and do, as FRANCE MAGAZINE discovers


Zaz posing for her new album © Yann Orhan

Voice of the People

Singer-songwriter Zaz tells Peter Stewart about following in Édith Piaf’s Parisian footsteps

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Manor house in Tarn-et-Garonne to renovate for 212,000 euros

5 properties to renovate in France

Looking for a renovation project in France? These 5 properties range from a barn needing a complete renovation to a manor house needing some updating

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Neglected barn in France ©  Dreamstime

How to carry out a renovation in France

Renovation expert Matthew Chalk reveals the renovation process in France and gives his advice to make a project run smoothly

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Maison de la Roche © Adam Dorogdi

Renovating a farmhouse in Languedoc-Roussillon

British expats Honor and Simon Marks transformed a run-down farmhouse in Languedoc-Roussillon into a stylish home and a successful gîte business. Find out more about their renovation

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Apartment in Nice for 693,000 euros

3 properties on the French Riviera

With its sunshine, good food and glamourous Mediterranean resorts, the French Riviera is always popular with property buyers. Here are three properties for sale along the Côte d’Azur

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Architect plans © Fotolia

5 things to know about architects and surveyors in France

If you are buying a property in France or organising building work on your property then you will need to know how architects and surveyors work in France. Here are 5 things to be aware of

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The maison de maitre's symmetrical facade with central front door, tall sash-style windows, shutters and gently pitched roof supporting chimneys make it instantly recognisable

3 French property styles explained

In the first of a three-part series, Rachel Johnston looks at the longère, the maison de maître and the château

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New development for French social charges

Charges could still be applied despite court ruling

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Auxerre on the River Yonne, Burgundy © Atout France/CRT Bourgogne/Alain Doire

Where to buy French property... if you want it cheap

Karen Tait looks at bargain homes for smaller budgets

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Diagnostiques part 2: gas and electricity reports

In the second of his mini series covering the diagnostic reports, John Marshall explains what you need to know about inspections of gas and electric appliances

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DIY in France © Dreamstime

21 French words to help with your DIY or renovation project

Planning to undertake a renovation project or do some DIY in France? Here are 21 French words that you will need to know

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Christmas in a French alpine village

5 French Christmas traditions

Thinking of spending the festive period in France? Louise Sayers explains 5 key French Christmas and seasonal traditions that you need to know about if you are to celebrate Noël like a local

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Endives au jambon © Snap and Stir

Recipe: endives au jambon

Try your hand at an oven-baked French favourite using chicory and ham

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Tarte aux abricots © Snap and Stir

Recipe: tarte aux abricots

Indulge in a classic French pastry by following our recipe for tarte aux abricots

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