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Saving Our Skins by Caro Feely

WIN a copy of Saving our Skins

Enter our competition to win a copy of the book Saving our Skins: Building a Vineyard Dream in France!

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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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Pupils at a French school © Fotolia

10 differences between French and British schools

Tackling the French education system? Find out the 10 biggest differences between French and British schools

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School in France © dreamstime

A guide to the French education system

A simple guide to the French education system, explaining the different types of schools for each age, from maternelle to lycée

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Modern bungalow near Saumur

Property pick: modern bungalow in Pays de la Loire

Our French property pick this week is a modern bungalow near Saumur in Pays de la Loire

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Deauville Film Festival © Festival de Deauville

September: events in France

Find out some of the events happening in France in September

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The stylish interiors of Jane's beachside property

Running a holiday rental business on the Médoc coast

Seaside living is a far cry from her former London life, but for Jane Butler, the move to France offered a welcome change, as Anna McKittrick discovers

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Make sure the kitchen is well equipped and clean © French Connections

Ask the experts: making a property ready for letting

Glynis Shaw, of French Connections, reveals how to make your French property ready for holiday letting to make sure you get maximum bookings

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Only five minutes from the beach and with ocean views, this property is in an ideal location

Property pick: beachside villa in Brittany

This elegant villa only five minutes from the beach in Finistère in Brittany is our property pick this week

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Dinard © CRTB / GRATIEN Jean-Patrick

Estate agent interview: Ille-et-Vilaine

No-one knows the area like a local estate agent. We asked Micki Slade, of A House in Brittany, for the inside track on this diverse area of France

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WIN a copy of The Love Punch on DVD

We have three copies of The Love Punch to give away!

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Tony, Yvette and Scooter and their beloved camper van © S. Haurant

Running a camper van hire company in the south-west of France

Tony and Yvette Martin swapped Brighton for south-west France, where they run a camper van hire company from their converted watermill home, as Sandra Haurant discovers

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