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Manor house in Tarn-et-Garonne to renovate for 212,000 euros

Looking for a renovation project in France? These 5 properties range from a barn needing a complete renovation to a manor house needing some updating

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Neglected barn in France ©  Dreamstime

Renovation expert Matthew Chalk reveals the renovation process in France and gives his advice to make a project run smoothly

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Maison de la Roche © Adam Dorogdi

British expats Honor and Simon Marks transformed a run-down farmhouse in Languedoc-Roussillon into a stylish home and a successful gîte business. Find out more about their renovation

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Apartment in Nice for 693,000 euros

With its sunshine, good food and glamourous Mediterranean resorts, the French Riviera is always popular with property buyers. Here are three properties for sale along the Côte d’Azur

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Architect plans © Fotolia

If you are buying a property in France or organising building work on your property then you will need to know how architects and surveyors work in France. Here are 5 things to be aware of

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Transferring money abroad

Friday, September 25, 2015
Transferring money abroad ©

Being prepared and doing your research can save you a lot of money when tackling the volatile foreign exchange market. Laura Parsons, of TorFX, explains how using a currency broker can help protect you from fluctuations in the exhange rates

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Living France October 2015

In the new October 2015 issue of Living France we explore the Provence department of Var, home to the glitzy resort of Saint-Tropez, and bring you expert advice on tax residency rules and the French health care system

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Character home near Juillac on sale for 171,000 euros

In the heart of rural France, Corrèze in Limousin offers an abundance of character homes in lush countryside and pretty villages. Here are 5 of our favourites to tempt you

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Mas de Lauziers in Gard © Julie and Selwyn Aldred

British couple Julie and Selwyn Aldred fell in love with Languedoc-Roussillon on their first visit to the region and now own a house in Gard and run a property finder service to help others find their dream home in the area

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4-bed 4-bath villas at La Foret d'Armotte near St-Palais-sur-Mer

A new-build property in a managed residence may not be your first thought when you start looking for your dream house in France, however, there can be a number of advantages to buying new, especially if you are buying a property as an investment or holiday home and aren’t planning to live there full-time

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The Dordogne gorges © Frederic MAGNOUX / ADT Correze

Hidden away in the rural heart of France, Corrèze in Limousin has slipped under many a visitor’s radar but it has much offer including wild nature, sleepy villages and picturesque towns

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Cycling in Correze

Sam Parry, her husband James and their two sons left their life in Surrey in 2008 and moved to Corrèze in Limousin where they set up a cycling holiday business in the countryside. We find out how they did it and if it was worth it

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Village house with pool in Charente for 212,000 euros

If heading to sunnier regions is one of your main reasons for buying in France then take a look at these 5 properties ideal for sun-lovers, from an apartment on the French Riviera to a private island in Gironde

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A guide to childcare in France

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Childcare in France © Fotolia

France has the reputation of having one of the best childcare systems in the world. We take a look at the different childcare options available from childminders to after-school clubs

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Cycling in Haute-Vienne © The Songbirds

A twist of fate bought Chris and Charlotte Nightingale to Haute-Vienne where they set up a B&B and a bicycle repair service

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Back to school in France © Andy Robert Davies

As France prepares for the back to school rentrée, Ian Moore thinks he’s made a discovery about the effect of heavy school bags on the health and height of the French population

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