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A Francophile’s guide to... Kensington

Discover the French connections in this chic London borough

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How to make the perfect madeleines

The trademark behind the little sponge cake is how to achieve the trademark bump, says Rosa Jackson

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Village visit: Cordes-sur-Ciel

Exploring this lovely hilltop village in south-west France is just like walking on air, says Zoë McIntyre

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Expat life: running luxury gîtes in Charente-Maritime

Charente-Maritime residents Sue and Simon Paine converted their barns into luxury gîtes and now welcome visitors from around the world

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Guide to setting up a business in France

Setting up a business in France might not be as hard as you think, as long as you do your research first. Our guide sets out the basic things you need to know

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Expat life: running a burger restaurant in Bordeaux

Expat Ben Lethbridge and his family moved to Bordeaux where they opened a gourmet burger restaurant in the city

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The differences between British and French comedy

Comedian and expat Ian Moore describes how British-style stand-up comedy just hasn’t quite caught on in France

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Q&A: Home-exchange

Home-exchange expert Lois Sealy, of Home Base Holidays, answers the most common questions about the process of home-exchange for anyone thinking of trying it

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Location spotlight: the coast of Charente-Maritime

The coastal towns, riverside villages and property market of this sunny French department are explored by Roger Titchener

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Estate agent interview: Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne

Jane Fraser-Bryan of Guyenne Immobilier explains why this four-bedroom stone house in Eymet, on the market for €292,000, gets her vote

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Planning permission for public buildings in France

Having guided you through the process of domestic planning permissions, Arthur Cutler explains the regulations concerning public buildings such as cafés and gîtes

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My France: Michel Roux

The three-Michelin-star chef tells Carolyn Boyd what he loves about his home country

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Recipe: Galette des Rois

Get into the festive spirit with Mary Cadogan’s recpe for Galette des Rois and learn how this cake is traditionally served in France

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Top 20 quotes about Paris

Be it Amercian president or Irish novelist, everyone has some to say about the iconic city of Paris

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