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The chic resort of Saint-Tropez is backed by the inky-blue waters of the Mediterranean © Thinkstock

The chic resort of Saint-Tropez is a food lover’s paradise with restaurants for all budgets. Here is our pick of places to eat

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French news headlines © Iropa / Dreamstime

Names and capitals announced for France’s new regions, explore Loire Valley châteaux without leaving home and plastic bags banned in French shops – the French news headlines that caught our eye this week

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Great apps to help you learn French

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Language-learning apps © Tsiumpa / Fotolia

Language-learning apps are a great way to learn French whenever and wherever you can. These are our favourite ones to use

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What is Bastille Day?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Bastille Day in France © encrier / ThinkstockPhotos

Anyone who has been in France on 14 July will know that Bastille Day or the Fête Nationale is a big deal in France, but what is it and where do you celebrate it?

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© Just Provence

Learn these essential French property types to help with your househunting in France

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Burgundy: food and wine

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Snails (escargots) are a speciality of Burgundy © Margouillat / Dreamstime

With coq au vin, escargots and boeuf bourguignon as its speciality dishes, the food in Burgundy is exceptional. Especially when accompanied by a glass of Burgundy wine!

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Recipe for tarte au citron

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This tangy tarte au citron makes fresh summer dessert ©Thinkstock / margouillatphotos

What better way to round off a dinner party than with the classic French dessert tarte au citron? Make your own delicious lemon tart with this recipe

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It wouldn't be France without bread...

Here’s a round-up of the bread stalwarts you’ll find in boulangeries across France

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10 must-see French films

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
French films you should watch

Improve your level of French with our selection of the best of modern French cinema

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Recipe: salade niçoise

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Salade niçoise recipe

Can’t make it to Nice this summer? Console yourself by making this traditional dish from the French Riviera’s capital

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French food delicacies you should try

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The French delicacy of snails © Landon Nordeman

Snails, frogs' legs and sea urchins... Be brave and try some French delicacies, you might be pleasantly surprised

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Alsace: regional food and drink

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Kouglof from Alsace © Yulia Vinogradov / ThinkstockPhoto

Germanic influences are easy to see in the local food and drink specialities of Alsace in eastern France which include kouglof, pain d’épices and white wine

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Louis XIV of France © Georgios Kollidas / Thinkstockphotos

Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, was king of France during a time of prosperity and left a legacy of art and architecture, including the iconic Palace of Versailles

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'Toast' was from the French verb 'toster' meaning 'to grill' all along! ©iStockphotos

Thought bacon, toast and cabbage were quintessentially British foods? Think again! We’ve uncovered 10 food-related English words that were originally French and you’ll never believe what they are…

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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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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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Ad Feature: Learn French in just 15 minutes a day

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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Ad Feature: Learn French in France

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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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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