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Guide to utilities in France

One of the first things you will need to get to grips with following a move to France is your gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies. Here is our simple guide to setting up utilities in France

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Planning a wedding in France: the paperwork

Don’t let fears of the bureaucracy put you off holding your dream wedding in France. Here is a simple guide to all of the paperwork you need to produce in order to get married in France

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House in Puy-de-Dome for 280,000 euros

3 houses in France for €280,000

With the GBP/EUR exchange rate reaching a seven-year high recently, UK buyers are finding that their property budget can stretch much further in France. Here are 3 properties for €280,000 in France which will cost you just over £200,000

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David and Vikki Chance

Running a cookery school in Gascony

David and Vikki Chance moved to Gascony in 2007, where they teamed up with local chef Bernard Corbière to run a thriving cookery school. After speaking to the couple in September 2010, Living France catches up with them for a five-year update

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How to start a property search in France

If you are planning to buy a property in France then you need to prepare before embarking on a house-hunting trip. Here is our guide to starting a property search in France and finding your dream home

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Beziers, Languedoc-Roussillon © Janine Marsh

Béziers at a glance

The town of Béziers in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France offers sunshine, easy accessibiliy and plenty of attractions. We take a quick look at the town

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Living France May 2015

May 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new May 2015 issue of Living France we explore Seine-Maritime in Normandy, meet an expat cruising Burgundy’s canals and find out the planning permission rules in France

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Maison de l'Orb B&B © Janine Marsh

Expat life: Setting up a B&B in Béziers

Expat Mark Binmore and his partner Ben moved from London to Béziers in the south of France and set up a B&B, we find out how they did it and why they chose Béziers

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Property for sale in Tarn, 445,000 euros,

Tax payable on a second home in France

The French tax system can be confusing for expats, so we asked a tax expert to explain the taxes you will have to pay on a second home in France

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Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

WIN! Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

Enter our competition to win a copy of Celia Imrie’s debut novel Not Quite Nice

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Tulip festival at Chateau de Vendeuvre

April 2015: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in April 2015, including a tulip festival in Normandy, a tough cycle race from Paris, a light show in Chartres and a nature festival in Picardy

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Planning a year abroad in France

Spending a year in France as part of your university degree could be the start of a lifelong love affair with France and it will certainly improve your French. If you are starting to plan your own year in France or know someone who is then this basic guide will help you start planning

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Period farmhouse in Gard

Period farmhouse in Gard

This restored period farmhouse in Gard with a pool and apartments to rent out, is Stephanie Sheldrake’s favourite French property for sale

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Rue du Taur Toulouse © Boigontier

Living in Toulouse

Franco-British couple Simon and Sonia Quémard tell all about living in Toulouse and appearing on a French TV programme in order to find their period city-centre apartment

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Accessing the health care system in France

British expats in France will need to apply for an S1 EC health form in order to access the French health care system. An expert explains how the form works and who is entitled to receive it

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Toulouse at a glance

Toulouse, capital of the Haute-Garonne department in Midi-Pyrénées, is popular with expats and visitors. We take a quick look at the city to find out why

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