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21 French words you need to use to sound more sophisticated

Pretentious, moi? If you want to sound like a wordsmith par excellence, sprinkling your casual conversation with these Gallic words is certainly de rigueur

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Classic French desserts you have to try in France – our top 6 picks

French cuisine is famous the world over, particularly for its sweets and pastries.

We share our favourite 6 treats from food writer Mary Cadogan, accompanied by easy-to-follow recipes

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Recipe: Daube de boeuf Provençale

Food writer Louise Pickford shares her recipe for the Provence dish daube de boeuf and explores the history behind this warming beef stew

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Recipe: Poulet Vallée d’Auge

Try a taste of Normandy with this recipe for the creamy chicken and apple dish poulet Vallée d’Auge

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My France: Michel Roux

The three-Michelin-star chef tells Carolyn Boyd what he loves about his home country

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Recipe: Galette des Rois

Get into the festive spirit with Mary Cadogan’s recpe for Galette des Rois and learn how this cake is traditionally served in France

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Top 20 quotes about Paris

Be it Amercian president or Irish novelist, everyone has some to say about the iconic city of Paris

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Recipe: Crêpes Suzette

Treat yourself with Mary Cadogan’s recipe for crêpes Suzette and discover why it is called crêpes Suzette

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Guide to fishing in France

Fishing is another popular pastime in France, but make sure you’ve got the right permits before you start

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A bottle of Bénédictine, one of several great French tipples

French Christmas Drinks

Learn all about the origins of these top French Christmas tipples

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My France: Interview with Sheila Hancock

Actress and author Sheila Hancock has owned a house in Vaucluse for two decades. She talks to Zoë McIntyre about her love of France and the inspiration behind her debut novel.

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Mushroom and Comte tartlets

Recipe: Mushroom and Comté tartlets

Chef Laura Pope has worked together with Comté cheese to create a recipe for mushroom and thyme tartlets, great for your Christmas party

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Cassoulet recipe

Discover the history behind the French classic cassoulet and make your own cassoulet with Mary Cadogan’s easy recipe

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Lean French cuisine

Michelin-three-star chef Michel Guérard’s slimline dishes give a guilt-free spin to French favourites. He offers Zoë McIntyre a lesson in lightening up

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Slimming French Recipes

Enjoy the richness of French cuisine without worrying about your waistline with these recipes from chef Michel Guérard’s new cookbook

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Learn how to make moules marinières

This mainstay of French seaside holidays is simple to prepare at home, says Rosa Jackson

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Ten things to know about Beaujolais Nouveau

Prepare for the release of Beaujolais Nouveau on 20 November with ten top facts to know before you go

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My France interview: Bryan Adams

The Canadian rock star and photographer, best known for his hit singles Summer Of ’69 and Run To You, spent time in the south of France before buying an apartment in Paris. He talks to Zoë McIntyre about singing in French and cycling in Paris

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Recipe: Mousse au chocolat

Find out the origins of this rich chocolate mousse and make your own with Mary Cadogan’s easy recipe

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Tarte Tatin recipe

Food writer Mary Cadogan shares her recipe for tarte Tatin and reveals the origins of the dessert

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Restaurant Review: La Table d’Aimé, Rivesaltes

Deep in the heart of the Roussillon region Emma Rawle is left thoroughly impressed by one restaurant’s organic fare

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Medieval buildings in Place Plumereau in Tours, © Dreamstime

Self-catering guide to Tours

With a great choice of wine, freshwater fish and other locla delicacies, Tours is the place to stock up on food in the Loire Valley, as Victoria Trott finds out

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Exploring Languedoc’s wine country

Out of the shadow of Carcassonne’s medieval turrets, Languedoc’s vineyards are emerging into a brighter future. Dominic Rippon pays a visit.

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Irresistible chocolate chestnut truffles, © Joanne Harris

Recipe: P’tite Mère’s chocolate chestnut truffles

Have a go at this recipe from Joanne Harris to make your own heavenly chocolate truffles

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Barfleur harbour, © Fotolia

Village life: The beauty from within

The Normandy village of Barfleur has a rich maritime heritage, as Paul Lamarra discovers during a visit to the harbourside community

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Garlic Galore: Summer Garlic Festivals in France

The humble allium has become an emblem of French cuisine and inspires festivals across the south-west, says Vanessa Couchman

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Raise a glass to jazz

Ancient Gascon vineyards are producing stylish new wines that hit all the right notes at the annual Marciac jazz festival

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Win a copy of Stephen Clarke’s latest book ‘Dirty Bertie’

Enter this competition to win a copy of Stephen Clarke’s brand new book

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Exploring Yorkshire’s French links

Yorkshireman Ray Kershaw uncovers the history of Yorkshire’s French links ahead of the Grand Départ

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Recipe: Tarte au Citron (with a chocolate twist)

Try this easy recipe by Joanne Harris to make a zingy lemon tart with a hint of dark chocolate

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