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History trail: Picasso in France

With the Musée Picasso in Paris now reopened after a lavish renovation, Peter Stewart examines the life and work of one of the world’s most influential artists

The River Sèvre Nantaise flows past the ruined château and the Église Notre-Dame in Clisson

Take a stroll in Clisson

Italian style finds an unlikely home in a small town in the Loire-Atlantique, as Peter Stewart discovers

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Make the perfect pain perdu

The English call it French toast, but eggy bread fried in butter is an all-day treat in any language, says Rosa Jackson

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Property pick: renovated farmhouse in Corrèze

Our property pick this week is this renovated farmhouse in Corrèze with two gîtes, chosen by Eve Middleton

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March 2015: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in March 2015, including a half-marathon in Paris, carnivals in Bordeaux and Strasbourg, concerts in the Alps and reduced cinema tickets across France

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Irena-Marie Makowska and Rod Capps

Expat life: running a well-being retreat in Tarn

Irena-Marie Makowska and Rod Capps decided to move from the UK to rural Tarn in south-west France eight years ago and set up a hypnotherapy and well-being retreat. Emma Rawle finds out more

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The auto-entrepreneur tax scheme explained

A popular option with new businesses, France’s auto-entrepreneur scheme has undergone a number of changes recently. We take a closer look at the scheme

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How to market your holiday rental

Good photos are a crucial marketing tool when listing your holiday home rental online, our expert gives some tips to attract customers

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Cobbled arcades are typical in Tarn's historic villages

Location spotlight: Tarn

Wanting to escape from it all and to find the perfect retreat, Laura Croxford explains why Tarn is the place to go if you are searching for ‘la France profonde’

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10 French property pitfalls to avoid

Ensure your purchase goes smoothly with these top tips for buying a home in France

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Moving from America to Aquitaine

Life in Bordeaux is a big hit and has even prompted a blog, as Vicky Leigh finds out

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Buying a home in France

Vicky Leigh meets an expat British couple swapping the Middle East for Mayenne

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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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