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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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June 2015: events in France

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

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Little Paris Bookshop

WIN! The best-selling novel The Little Paris Bookshop

Enter our competition to win a copy of The Little Paris Bookshop novel

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Estate agent interview: Seine-Maritime, Normandy

Thinking of buying a property in Seine-Maritime in Normandy? We spoke to local estate agent Stephen Hilton of La Résidence, to find out about the property market in this Normandy department

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Sue Sharp running her quilting workshops

Brits running a quilting business in northern France

A move to northern France sae Sue and Peter Sharp turn their hand to running residential quilting workshops. We find out why they decided to move and how they set up their business

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Historic property in Cotes-d'Armor

Historic property in Côtes-d’Armor

This historic Breton property in Côtes-d’Armor with its two wings is Eve Middleton’s favourite French property for sale

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The alabaster coast © SMT / H. Sentucq

Explore Seine-Maritime in Normandy

Just across the Channel, Seine-Maritime in Normandy is a popular stop-off point for visitors and was once a focal point for Impressionism. Its natural beauty, coastal charm and ancient history makes it a great place for expats to settle.

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6 tips for building a house in France

Simon Warren is a project manager for property developments and is in the process of building a house for his family in Annecy. He shares 6 tips for those thinking of building their own house in France

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An expat family living in Annecy

Expats Sophie and Simon Warren met by chance on holiday in the Alps and 12 years later they are raising a family, building a house and starting a vintage furniture business in Annecy

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Ian Moore © Andy Robert Davies

Ian Moore: the perils of the French language

Ian Moore delights in springtime in France and remembers a trip to the post office he would rather forget...

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The cost of maintaining a swimming pool in France

Thinking of having a swimming pool installed in your French home but worried about the maintenance costs? We asked an expert to explain the process and costs of maintaining a swimming pool

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Charentaise house near Cognac, 254,400 euros

6 properties near a vineyard in France

Vineyards form a much-loved part of the French landscape. Whether you fancy making your own wine or just want to admire the vineyard views you will fall in love with one of the 6 properties we’ve chosen

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Wilma Johnson lives near the Atlantic coast

Expat life: Surfing and family life in Biarritz

A family move led artist Wilma Johnson to a new life near Biarritz, where she plucked up the courage to start surfing. We find out how it happened

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Living France June 2015

June 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new June 2015 issue of Living France we compare the north and south of France to find out where is best for your new life in France, explain France’s system of social charges and meet expats in Provence, the Loire Valley and Limousin

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Dordogne Valley at a glance

The essential information property buyers need to know about the Dordogne Valley, including property prices, transport links, weather, attractions and the latest on the property market from a local estate agent

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It is traditional to give Lily of the Valley on 1 May © Atout France / Emmanuel Valentin

National holidays in France in May

There are no less than five national holidays in France in May, when many business close for the day. If you are planning a trip to France this month make sure you know when they are so you don’t get caught out!

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