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22 French words you need to use to sound sophisticated

If you want to sound like a wordsmith par excellence, sprinkling your casual conversation with these Gallic words is certainly de rigueur

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Classic French desserts you have to try in France – our top 6 picks

French cuisine is famous the world over, particularly for its sweets and pastries.

We share our favourite 6 treats from food writer Mary Cadogan, accompanied by easy-to-follow recipes

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Recipe: Daube de boeuf Provençale

Food writer Louise Pickford shares her recipe for the Provence dish daube de boeuf and explores the history behind this warming beef stew

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Recipe: Poulet Vallée d’Auge

Try a taste of Normandy with this recipe for the creamy chicken and apple dish poulet Vallée d’Auge

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My France: Michel Roux

The three-Michelin-star chef tells Carolyn Boyd what he loves about his home country

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Recipe: Galette des Rois

Get into the festive spirit with Mary Cadogan’s recpe for Galette des Rois and learn how this cake is traditionally served in France

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Top 20 quotes about Paris

Be it Amercian president or Irish novelist, everyone has some to say about the iconic city of Paris

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Recipe: Crêpes Suzette

Treat yourself with Mary Cadogan’s recipe for crêpes Suzette and discover why it is called crêpes Suzette

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Guide to fishing in France

Fishing is another popular pastime in France, but make sure you’ve got the right permits before you start

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French Christmas Drinks

Learn all about the origins of these top French Christmas tipples

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My France: Interview with Sheila Hancock

Actress and author Sheila Hancock has owned a house in Vaucluse for two decades. She talks to Zoë McIntyre about her love of France and the inspiration behind her debut novel.

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Mushroom and Comte tartlets

Recipe: Mushroom and Comté tartlets

Chef Laura Pope has worked together with Comté cheese to create a recipe for mushroom and thyme tartlets, great for your Christmas party

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Cassoulet recipe

Discover the history behind the French classic cassoulet and make your own cassoulet with Mary Cadogan’s easy recipe

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Lean French cuisine

Michelin-three-star chef Michel Guérard’s slimline dishes give a guilt-free spin to French favourites. He offers Zoë McIntyre a lesson in lightening up

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Vanilla-infused pumpkin soup

Slimming French Recipes

Enjoy the richness of French cuisine without worrying about your waistline with these recipes from chef Michel Guérard’s new cookbook

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Learn how to make moules marinières

This mainstay of French seaside holidays is simple to prepare at home, says Rosa Jackson

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