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

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

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French news headlines © Iropa / Dreamstime

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

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

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

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Learn French with a daily email © Frantastique

Learn French in just 15 minutes a day with daily email lessons from Frantastique, which include a fun story, personalised corrections and explanations

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L’Abeille at the Shangri-La hotel

Whether you’re treating a partner to an extravagant dinner, or you’re wanting to celebrate a special occasion with some of France’s finest cuisine, here are six of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris that are well worth splashing out on.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Le Chateau du Poiron in Vendee

Join us in the heart of the Vendée at Le Château du Poiron for residential French language courses run by Le Poiron Bonjour


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Grégory Fitoussi © Guillaume Collet/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

French actor Grégory Fitoussi discusses his new role in Spin, starring in Mr Selfridge and his love of skydiving

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April Fool's jokes are called poissons d'avril in France ©Ingram Publishing/ThinkstockPhotos

As we all get our pranks and jokes ready for April Fool’s day, we take a look at the French tradition of ‘le poisson d’avril’.

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Culture and attractions
A Paris metro sign © Paris Tourist Office

Choose from our pick of words to navigate the French public transport system with ease

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Happy Easter in French © Archant

Wish people a Joyeuses Pâques and tuck into your oeuf de Pâques with these 18 French words and phrases to celebrate Easter à la française

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Le Château de Chenonceau vu du jardin de Catherine de Medicis © Guillaume Capron, Flickr, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Take a step back through French cultural and political history with a trip to one of these majestic castles.

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Jean-Philippe Blondet of the Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester restaurant in London ©pierremonetta

On March 21st Goût de/Good France will celebrate French gastronomy around the world. Over 1,500 chefs across the five continents will be serving French dishes simultaneously to honour French cuisine. Here are a few of the restaurants in Britain that will be joining in the event.

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Market in Auch, Gers © CRT Dominique Viet / Midi-Pyrenees

The markets of south-west France are famous for their colourful stalls selling foie gras, duck and goose confit and truffles. We pick some of our favourite markets in the south-west that you simply have to visit

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French Easter traditions

Monday, March 7, 2016
French Easter tradition of the flying bells © tilo / ThinkstockPhotos

Planning to spend Easter in France? Then you should know that Easter eggs are delivered by flying bells and the chocolate dispalys in shop windows are works of art...

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Communicating effectively with staff at a French hotel ©iStockphoto

Going on holiday in France? Here is a list of all the French vocabulary you will need to book a hotel room

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