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Being overtaken by another canal boat on a boating trip in Alsace ©Alice and Ray Kershaw

Tips for a great boating holiday in France

Booked a boating holiday on the French canals and rivers? Follow these tips for a safe, stress-free and fun boating holiday in France

Marqueyssac Gardens in the Fading Sunlight © jimmymc81, Thinkstock

Could these be France’s prettiest gardens?

If you’re a sucker for all things horticultural you’re bound to love the beautiful landscaped gardens of France. We pick 7 places we think the green-fingered should visit.

Cyclists admiring the view across the Loire © Joel Damase

Picturesque cycle routes across France to try this summer

Dust off your bicycle and take in the beauty of France on one of these cycle trails

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Living in France

Holiday let in France © Mariano Ruiz / Dreamstime

6 essential skills you need to run a holiday let in France

You need plenty of varied skills to run a holiday let in France, from DIY to customer service skills – do you have what it takes?

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May 2016 issue of Living France out now!

In the new issue of Living France we explore three great destinations with easy access from the UK, reveal some of Paris’s best-kept secrets and consider the impact of a possible Brexit…

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A polytunnel is useful for gardening in the unpredictable Normandy spring season

My French garden: spring in Calvados

Spring is an important time of the year for Rosie Hill, who gets ready for action in her Normandy garden

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How to become a French citizen

Planning to live in France permanently? Find out how to become a French citizen and obtain the same rights and benefits as the French

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Property in France

Moving to France with your pet

A guide to taking your pet to France

Planning to travel to France with animals in tow? Consider these important points

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Changes to notaires' fees © Dreamstime

Changes to notaires’ fees makes buying a French property cheaper

Reforms to notaires’ fees coming into effect on 1 May means that notaires can offer discounts to property buyers, making your French property purchase cheaper

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Completing your French income tax return © Jerome Delahaye / Fotolia

Completing your French income tax return

A guide through the maze of French income tax and information on how and when to submit a French income tax return

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Renting a property in France before buying one opens more doors © Thinkstock; Fuse

8 reasons to rent before buying a property in France

Before you take the plunge and move permanently to France, it makes sense to test the water by a renting a property out before buying your dream home in France. Here are 8 reasons why you should try before you buy...

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French culture

'Tomber dans les pommes', which means to 'pass out' © Rita Strik / Living France

15 of the funniest French idioms

Sound like a true French speaker by throwing some of these funny French idioms into conversation

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French news stories that caught our eye this week

New names for another new French region, uproar over the cancellation of France’s largest free festival and the anniversary of the wedding of the century – the French news headlines that caught our eye this week

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L'Escargot, London's oldest French restaurant ©Mike Abrahams

French restaurants in London you really need to try

Need your fix of French food while in London? Head to one of these French restaurants in London to get a true taste of France

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Funnyman Ian Moore still isn't sure on how best to greet someone in France

Ian Moore: how many times should you kiss in France?

The Englishman in France on why the French greeting is so awkward...

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