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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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Luke Nguyen's France: A Gastronomic Adventure (Hardie Grant, RRP £30)

Enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of Luke Nguyen’s France

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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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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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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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France’s top 10 wine experiences

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
France’s top 10 wine experiences

From attending a wine festival to joining a grape harvest wine expert Dominic Rippon chooses his favourite 10 wine attractions in and around his favourite French vineyards

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The most famous cycle race in the world Tour de France © Radu Razvan / Shutterstock.com

It’s been an eventful 12 months in France, from two devastating terrorist attacks in Paris to extreme weather conditions and a cheese heist, Here’s our selection of pictures and stories that have made the headlines in 2015

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Provence's 13 Christmas desserts © V. Formica

Traditionally, Christmas Eve dinner in Provence is followed by 13 desserts and guests have to try each one!

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To Paris with love

Friday, November 27, 2015
The Eiffel Tower stands brightly illuminated at dusk © Fotolia

Readers and contributors explain why the City of Light has a place in their hearts in our tribute to the French capital

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The new Bond girl

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Léa Seydoux in the new James Bond film Spectre © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

Cannes award-winner Léa Seydoux tells Pierre de Villiers about the challenges of playing a modern ‘Bond girl’

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16 festive French words

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The beautiful Christmas tree takes centre stage inside the Galeries LaFayette department store in Paris © Fotolia

With the festive season upon us here are 16 different French words to help you get in the Christmas spirit

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An interview with James Cracknell

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
James Cracknell © Angus Muir

The former Olympic and world rowing champion tells Angela Sara West about his sporting adventures in France

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Fete des Lumieres Place des Jacobins © www.b-rob.com_24

Instead of the usual light show, a candlelit tribute will be held in Lyon in December in memory of those who died in the Paris attacks

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Rhone-Alpes
The beautiful silhouette of Eiffel Tower

From majestic mountain ranges to Mediterranean beaches, fine food to high fashion is it any wonder so many people love France so much?

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The stunning Collioure

French wine towns are hubs of gastronomy, culture and festivals, with surrounding vineyards. Dominic Rippon recommends his top 10 to visit

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Recipe: baba au rhum

Monday, November 2, 2015
Baba au rhum © Snap and Stir

Cook the classic French dessert baba au rhum with our easy recipe

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October 2015: 10 events in France

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Nuit Blanche © Paris Tourist Office / Amelie Dupont

Discover 10 events happening in France in October 2015, including Nuit Blanche in Paris, food festivals across France and a film festival in Brittany

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4 scrumptious chocolate desserts

French chefs have had a love affair with chocolate ever since it was introduced to France from Spain in the early 17th century. Here are four luxurious, chocolate-rich, desserts that you will want to eat again and again

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Visiting the doctor © Fotolia

Need to visit the doctor or pharmacy in France? Here are 22 French words and phrases to help you explain your illness

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An interview with Petula Clark

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Petula Clark

The evergreen singer tells Peter Stewart about her life and career in France

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