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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

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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

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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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Brasserie le Sud restaurant in Lyon

With over 4,000 restaurants and its very own Bouchons bistros, Lyon is France’s foodie capital. Here is our pick of the best restaurants in Lyon

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Running a business in France © Alexi TAUZIN - Fotolia

Thinking of moving to France and starting a business? Here are 27 essential French words to help you set up and run a business in France

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Recipe: crêpe Suzette

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
A crêpe Suzette © Dreamstime

Learn how to make a liqueur-soaked pancake that is popular during Chandeleur and Lent

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French Valentine’s Day recipes

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Romantic Valentine's Day meal © kieferpix/Getty Images/iStockphoto

If you’re choosing to stay in rather than dine out this Valentine’s Day then impress your other half by creating a delicious, romantic French dinner with these easy recipes

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Laduree Royale restaurant in Paris

Planning to go out for dinner in France? Here is all the French vocabulary you’ll need to order fluently at a French restaurant

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Radio © Rafal Glebowski / Dreamstime

One of the best ways to pick up the French language is to listen to French radio, but if you are a complete beginner it can be difficult. So here are 23 words you will hear on the radio in France to get you started

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Recipe for confit de canard

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Confit de canard © Snap and Stir

This classic dish from south-west France was designed to sustain locals during the cold winters months but it is now a dish found on most menus in this corner of France. Find out how to make your own confit de canard with this easy recipe

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Edith Piaf

As what would have been Édith Piaf’s one hundredth birthday is celebrated find out how she rose from the depths of poverty to become one of France’s most famous singers

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Paris
How to pour champagne © Dreamstime - Vadim Kolobanov

Serving champagne at your next dinner party? Emmanual Landré, general manager at Le Gavroche explains how to pour the perfect glass of champagne in 5 easy steps

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French wine & vineyards
Dried and fresh fruits feature in the 13 desserts ©OT Provence

Get into the spirit of the festive season in the south of France

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Christmas in France
Cheese board

No French dinner party is complete unless it includes a cheese platter, presented after the main dish and before dessert. Clotilde Dusoulier explains the dos and don’ts of putting together a selection of fromages

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What's in a wine label?

A wine bottle’s label is its first – and possibly only – opportunity to say ‘drink me’, but French wine labels are some of the world’s most complicated and tightly regulated. Wine expert Dominic Rippon passes on his top 10 tips for deciphering descriptions on French wine bottles

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Oysters and champagne © Tuned_In / ThinkstockPhotos

French cuisine is the envy of many and their produce is famed the world over. We pick our favourite 23 food experiences, from buying oysters fresh from the ocean to trying one of their traditional dishes, every foodie needs to try

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Recipe: bûche de Noël

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Buche de Noel © Snap and Stir

Give your Christmas a French flavour with this recipe for an indulgent chocolate bûche de Noêl

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