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Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

WIN! Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

Enter our competition to win a copy of Celia Imrie’s debut novel Not Quite Nice

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Tulip festival at Chateau de Vendeuvre

April 2015: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in April 2015, including a tulip festival in Normandy, a tough cycle race from Paris, a light show in Chartres and a nature festival in Picardy

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Rue du Taur Toulouse © Boigontier

Living in Toulouse

Franco-British couple Simon and Sonia Quémard tell all about living in Toulouse and appearing on a French TV programme in order to find their period city-centre apartment

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Accessing health care in France © Andy Robert Davies

Accessing the heath care system in France

British expats in France will need to apply for an S1 EC health form in order to access the French heath care system. An expert explains how the form works and who is entitled to receive it

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Toulouse at a glance

Toulouse, capital of the Haute-Garonne department in Midi-Pyrénées, is popular with expats and visitors. We take a quick look at the city to find out why

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The basics of buying a house in France

A property agent in France explains how the house-buying process in France works and what you need to do to prepare for your property search

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Lezay, Deux-Sevres, 238,500 euros

3 houses in Poitou-Charentes

Poitou-Charentes in south-west France is becoming increasingly popular with visitors and expats, so we found three French properties for sale in the region

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The French and their pets © Andy Robert Davies

Ian Moore: How the French treat their pets

Comedian and expat Ian Moore muses on how the French treat their pets, in particular their pampered pooches

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Banking in France © Fotolia

Guide to French retail banking

A basic guide to the French retail banking system for expats living in France, including the main high-street banks, how to open an account and use cheques, bank cards and overdrafts

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Caroline and Christina in their garden

Gardening in Charente-Maritime

British expats tell us about transforming their garden in Charente-Maritime and share some tips for other gardeners in the area

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Before renovation © David Morgan

5 tips for renovating a property in France

Expats David and Elaine Morgan successfully renovated a property in Aveyron, they share their tips on how to make a property renovation run smoothly in France

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Elaine and David's house © Suki Stuart

Renovating a house in Aveyron

Expats David and Elaine Morgan fell in love with a run-down house in Aveyron and transformed it into a stunning rural home, we find out how they achieved this

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Living France April 2015

April 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new April 2015 issue of Living France we explore the Dordogne Valley, find out how to plan a wedding in France and get expert advice on finding your dream home in France and paying income tax

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Finistere © Yannick Le Gal / CRT Bretagne

Estate agent interview: Finistère

Thinking of buying a property in Finistère in Brittany? We spoke to Sylvie Mayer of SARL Mayer Immobilier, to find out about the property market in Finistère

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The Rowbotham family in their vineyard

Expats making wine in Gironde

Expats Kirstie and Paul Rowbotham moved to Gironde eight years ago and started to produce wine at their vineyard La Tour de Chollet

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Sharon Santoni's Normandy home ©

A stylish expat home in Normandy

British expat Sharon Santoni has built up an international following for her popular blog about her French country home in Normandy. Find out how she created such a successful blog and where she finds inspiration for her French country interior style

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