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Financier recipe © Takoyaki / Thinkstock

This delicate almond cake is a favourite with French bakers and now you can make your own with this simple recipe and expert tips

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From writers to film stars, many have been inspired by France and French life. Here are 20 of our favourite quotes about France

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Friday, August 19, 2016
Improve your French with an immersion course with French in the Dordogne

Improve your French and discover Dordogne on a week-long immersion course near Bergerac with French in the Dordogne

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French news headlines © Iropa / Dreamstime

Harry Potter tops France’s bestseller list, Beckhams selling their Provence property and artwork by French artist JR in Rio – the French news headlines that caught our eye this week

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Le Corbusier: Grand Designer

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Villa Savoye, Poissy, Paris © Fondation Courbusier

Le Corbusier was an architect who divided opinion. But his influence as a pioneer of modern architecture was undeniable and 17 of his works are now named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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The Bonjour Effect

Enter our competition to win a copy of ‘The Bonjour Effect’ by Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau

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Interview with Alex Vlahos © Leigh Keily

Welsh actor Alexander Vlahos takes us behind the scenes of TV drama Versailles in which he plays Louis XIV’s brother

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Tomme de Savoie

Here’s a round-up of our very favourite buys from the fromagerie

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Light and fresh, scallops make for a perfect summertime supper © Dreamstime

Less is more when it comes to showing off the subtle flavours and textures of this popular shellfish, says French cookbook author Rosa Jackson

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The best Saint-Tropez restaurants

Monday, July 18, 2016
Dolce Vita restaurant in Saint-Tropez

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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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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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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