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French planning permission debunked

The words ‘planning permission’ can send shivers down the spine. Arthur Cutler picks a route through France’s infamous bureaucracy to help you to fulfil your grand designs

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First-time buyers in the French Alps

Professional couple Katya Shipster and Darren Choppin’s frustration at rising London property prices led to a rewarding adventure in the French Alps

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Ski property buyers in the French Alps: new website launched

For ski property buyers in Samoëns, a new online service makes life easier

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Buying French property ‘en viager’

Flexible and cost-effective or an imprecise science? Hervé Blatry examines a form of French property transaction that is making a comeback – the viager

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Location spotlight: the Opal Coast

A short hop across the Channel, the Opal Coast spans north-eastern France. Solange Hando discovers a magical world of stunning beaches and poignant history

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From city to santé: a vineyard in Languedoc

A move from central London to a vineyard in Languedoc-Roussillon has paid dividends in more ways than one, and cheers to that, says Vicky Leigh

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Upcycling: a shabby chic look for your French home

Want that vintage French look for your new French home? Jessica Carter explores some simple upcycling techniques that could give your old furniture a new lease of life

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Different types of insurance for your French house

Protecting your home against risk is an important aspect of buying a home in France, especially if you are absent for long periods of time, says Guillaume Poissant

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The perfect plaice: running a fishing business in France

From freshwater lakes to deep sea tours, fishing has never been more popular in France. Lynette Eyb speaks to two families who have entered the world of fishing tourism

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Renovation relocation

If the chance to knock a wall down or flex your interior design muscles is your idea of fun, join Joanna Leggett as she explores bargains in Provence and Rhône-Alpes

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French delicacies demystified

Never had the courage to stray beyond French bread and Brie? Our guide to the seemingly unappetising might have you converted

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Choosing contractors for your French house

As Matt Montgomery embarks on his second French renovation, he shares insights on choosing contractors and navigating the bureaucracy with David Middleton

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10 golden rules for househunting in France

Peter-Danton de Rouffignac has spent years advising others on buying property in France. So, when looking for a place himself, he stuck to these 10 rules

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Family-friendly Les Gets, Haute-Savoie

With year-round activities for all ages to enjoy and opportunities aplenty to buy a pied-à-terre on the piste, Les Gets is the place to be, as Ben Palfreyman discovers

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