Living in France


The Living France guide to getting married in France

With attractive locations, delicious food, and fantastic wine, France is undeniably a romantic place to tie the knot. Kate McNally talks through the practicalities

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WIN a copy of Daughter of Catalonia

We have 20 copies of Daughter of Catalonia to give away!

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Canche bay in Le Touquet © Anne Sopie Flament/Pas de Calais

A guide to Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Nord-Pas-de-Calais offers coastline, culture and countryside in one easily accessible package. Gillian Thornton crossed the Channel to find out more

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David Lebovitz shopping at his local market in Paris © Ed Anderson

Food writer David Lebovitz on life in Paris

Food writer, blogger and Paris resident David Lebovitz scratches below the surface of the city’s culinary scene to share stories and recipes in his latest book, as Anna McKittrick discovers

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Practical information: running classic car tours and a B&B

Nick Brimblecombe, and his wife Sally, run both a B&B and classic car tours. They tell us how they decided to buy a house in Charente and the practicalities of running both businesses

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An MG TD in the courtyard of the Logis du Paradis ©

Real life: running classic car tours and a B&B in Charente

Nick and Sally Brimblecombe live life to the full in beautiful Charente where they run both a chambres d’hôtes and classic car tours, as Stephanie Sheldrake finds out

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This attractive villa is on the market for 593,250 euros

Property pick: attractive villa in Provence

Our property pick this week is a Mediterranean villa in Provence

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The vibrant city of Lille in Nord-Pas-de-Calais © Nord Tourisme

Estate agent interview: Nord-Pas-de-Calais

No-one knows the area like a local estate agent. We asked Gwen Williams, of Hexagone France, for the inside track on this picturesque area of France

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Racing for equality

Being able to compete in Paris on the final day of the Tour de France marks a breakthrough for women’s cycling, says Paul Lamarra

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This pretty house is on the market for 291,000 euros

Property pick: on the Brittany coast

This former water mill on the Brittany coast is our property pick this week

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Dream property: cottage in Charente-Maritime

Every so often, we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Eve Middleton falls for this village house in Charente-Maritime

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The Tour de France is starting in Yorkshire on 5 July © Emma Rawle

July: events in France

Find out what’s happen in France in July with our handy guide

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David and Sarah Meakin of Merchien

How I made it work: winemakers in Lot

Sarah and David Meakin moved to Lot 20 years ago to become wine-makers, where they now produce award-winning organic wines. After featuring the couple in the magazine in February 2009, we catch up for a five-year update

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WIN a copy of Julia Stagg’s latest novel

We have five copies of Julia Stagg’s ‘A Fête to Remember’ to give away

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Îles flottantes are an easy and impressive dessert

Flavours of France: îles flottantes

Food writer Mary Cadogan explains the origins of this classic treat

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Driving in France lets you explore the country

Two for the road

Pete Williams from the RAC looks at the pros and cons of second-home owners keeping a car in the UK and in France

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