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Expat life: running luxury gîtes in Charente-Maritime

Charente-Maritime residents Sue and Simon Paine converted their barns into luxury gîtes and now welcome visitors from around the world

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February 2015: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in February 2015, including colourful carnivals on the Côte d’Azur, Valentine’s Day celebrations and France’s pancake day

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Guide to setting up a business in France

Setting up a business in France might not be as hard as you think, as long as you do your research first. Our guide sets out the basic things you need to know

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Ben Lethbridge and his burger van

Expat life: running a burger restaurant in Bordeaux

Expat Ben Lethbridge and his family moved to Bordeaux where they opened a gourmet burger restaurant in the city

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The differences between British and French comedy

Comedian and expat Ian Moore describes how British-style stand-up comedy just hasn’t quite caught on in France

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Q&A: Home-exchange

Home-exchange expert Lois Sealy, of Home Base Holidays, answers the most common questions about the process of home-exchange for anyone thinking of trying it

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Rural four-bedroom house in Dordogne

Property pick: rural house in Dordogne

The France Show exhibitor Guyenne Immobilier has chosen this rural four-bedroom house in Dordogne as their property pick this week

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February 2015 issue of Living France

February 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new February 2015 issue of Living France we explore Finistère in Brittany, meet a couple living on France’s canals and share the essential guide to banking in France

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Guide to pension tax for expats

Rob Kay, of Blevins Franks, explains how your UK pension will be taxed in France if you decide to make a permanent move across the Channel

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Running an activity holiday business in the Pyrenees

British expat James Dealtry turned his love of skiing into a luxury activity holiday business in the Pyrenees

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How new inheritance rules could benefit you © Fotolia

New European inheritance rules explained

New European inheritance rules come into force in August 2015, our expert explains how owners of French property can benefit from them and how to lay the groundwork now

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Exploring Hautes-Pyrénées

The diverse department of Hautes-Pyrénées in south-west France is characterised by its contrasting charms. Paul Lamarra explores the area

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Mick Moat started Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts in France

Setting up an open charity garden event in Limousin

How one expat used his love of gardening to integrate into French life and bring British expats and French locals together

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Jacqui Brown © French Village Diaries

Gardening in Deux-Sèvres

A British expat tells us about her new-found love of home-grown produce and how she has transformed her garden in Poitou-Charentes

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The Missing

WIN! The Missing on DVD

Enter our competition to win BBC series The Missing on DVD

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Renovated lodge in Aveyron

Property pick: renovated lodge in Aveyron

Our property pick this week is this renovated logde in Aveyron, offering four bedrooms and plenty of character

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