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Stephen Clarke hopes the French will still favour their foreign friends post-Brexit © Tim Wesson

With hamburgers and cappuccinos appearing on menus, France was just about embracing global culture. But will Brexit change this? Paris-based writer Stephen Clarke hopes not

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It took a lot of time and hard graft to get Kris and Dave Hallet's home in the condition it is today

For Kris Hallet and her husband Dave, moving to Béarn in south-west France and renovating a derelict cottage has been hard work, but well worth it. Here’s how they managed the renovation on a small budget

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Expats Dave and Kris's renovated a derelict cottage in Béarn

Shop around for the best buys on equipment and materials. Electrical stuff can be very expensive and especially things like wall sockets, which is very frustrating when you have an entire house to install.

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Gillain Harvey

With the arrival of summer, Gillian Harvey takes time to appreciate what’s on her doorstep in the Limousin

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Limousin
The clasically French interior of Maison de l'Arbre in Aveyron © Suki Stuart

Exposed stone walls, wooden beams, brocante finds, period furniture and finishing touches... These stunning interiors will make you fall in love with a classic French style

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Swimming pool safety rules in France

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Swimming pool safety rules in France © Kameel4u / dreamstime

A house with a pool in France is many people’s dream but make sure your swimming pool complies with French safety regulations or you could face a hefty fine

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How to survive the summer running a B&B © Visuall2 / Dreamstime

Running a B&B is hard work, especially during the peak summer season, but these tips from other chambres d’hôtes owners will help you survive the summer and make sure your busy months are a success

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The September issue of Living France is on sale now

In September’s eco issue of Living France we explore the Breton department of Morbihan, discover the unspoilt treasures of Jura, find out how France’s vegetarian food scene is on the rise and meet a family who run eco friendly gîtes in Normandy

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Hotel-restaurant in Turenne, France © Emma Rawle

If you’re planning to set up a business in France then you need to understand the micro-entreprise (formally auto-entrepreneur) tax regime and how it can help you run a business

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Running a business
With the shops shut, Sundays are a day for family outings

Being prepared for the shops to be shut on public holidays in France has taken some getting used to for mum-of-five Gillian Harvey, who now happily embraces family time over convenience shopping

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Enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of Marin Montagut's map guide, Bonsoir Paris

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Swimming pool maintenance is essential in a property management business © ThinkstockPhotos

Managing other people’s properties in France and letting them out to holidaymakers is a great way to earn an income. Make sure your business is a success with these 11 tips

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Running a business
Welcome to the brand new Living France app!

The new Living France magazine app is available to download now!

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July events in France

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
paris plages

From flower festivals to outdoor theatre festivities and open-air music concerts, there are so many ways to make sure you have fun in the sun in France this July

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How will Brexit affect British expats living in France? © Valery109 / Dreamstime

When Britain leaves the EU will Brits living in France need to apply for residency and work visas, be able to access healthcare and vote in local elections? Will Brits still be able to retire in France? We try and answer these questions and keep you up-to-date

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