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July 2015: events in France

Discover 10 events happening in France in July 2015, including the Tour de France, Bastille Day, medieval festivals, music festivals and a celebration of Breton culture

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Morbihan at a glance

Morbihan in Brittany is popular with British people because of its proximity to the UK but it has plenty more to offer. Get a feel for the department with our quick guide and the inside track from an expat and a property agent

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Two cottages in Normandy for 125,000 euros

5 properties in France to run as a business

Running a business from your French home is a great way to make a living in France and make the property pay its way. It doesn’t have to be a B&B or gîte though. Look at our pick of 5 properties to run as a business for some ideas

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Five Nights in Paris

WIN! Five Nights in Paris book

Enter our competition to win a copy of Five Nights in Paris by John Baxter

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How to prepare for a move to France

Are you getting ready to move to France? There are lots of fun ways you can prepare for the move from the comfort of your own home, from following blogs to watching DVDs

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L'Atelier du Renard Argente

Running an elegant maison d’hôte in Provence

Franco-British couple Gail and Christian Bodiguel transformed a neglected farmhouse in Provence into an elegant maison d’hôte. Find out how and take a look inside

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Dordogne at a glance

Find out all you need to know about Dordogne, a popular department in the south-west of France that attracts many expats and visitors

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Social charges explained © Andy Robert Davies

What are social charges in France?

Social charges can often cause confusion among expats in France and the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice has changed the rules. Tax expert Rob Kay explains what social charges are and who has to pay them

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Spacious farmhouse for sale in Charente-Maritime

Spacious farmhouse in Charente-Maritime

This spacious farmhouse in Charente-Maritime is Stephanie Sheldrake’s favourite French property for sale

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Owning a holiday home

9 tips for making the most of a second home

Brit Tony Markowski and his family have owned a second home in the Loire Valley for 14 years. He shares 9 tips for choosing the right property and making the most of your second home

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La Basse Lande

Owning a holiday home in the Loire Valley

What are the advantages of having a second home in France? We talk to a family who have owned a holiday home in the Loire Valley for 14 years to find out how it has enriched their lives

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Anjou Velo Vintage © Coralie Pilard / Anjou Velo Vintage

June 2015: events in France

Discover 10 major events happening in France in June 2015, including the nationwide Rendez-vous aux Jardins and Fête de la Musique events, the French Open, D-Day commemorations and a vintage bike ride in the Loire

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Living France July 2015

July 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new July 2015 issue of Living France we explore Loire-Atlantique on France’s western coast, meet expats running a B&B in the Marais Poitevin and share our how-to guide to learning French

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Three-bedroom house in Brittany for 65,700 euros

5 properties in France under €150,000

You can buy a lot more property for your money in France, so whether you are looking for a rural retreat or a holiday home you will find something you like in our selection of 5 properties under €150,000

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Luciole barge, run by Penny Liley

8 tips for running a barge business in France

Expat Penny Liley runs barging holidays along the Burgundy canals. She shares her 8 tips for owning a barge in France and running barging holidays

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Planning permission © Andy Robert Davies

Explaining French planning permission laws

Before you buy a property to renovate in France you should make sure you understand the process of obtaining planning permission and that you will be able to carry out your plans

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