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Welcome to Living France, the essential guide for anyone who dreams of a new life in France. All you need to know about buying a property, moving to France and either starting a successful business or enjoying a peaceful retirement can be found here.

Be inspired by our real-life stories of people who’ve already made the move across the Channel, alongside invaluable practical advice on everything from legal and financial issues to property and renovation.

We focus on the very best locations in which to start your new life, with tips from expats living in France and advice from the professionals. Add to that the very best of French food, wine and interiors, not to mention help with language learning, and you have the perfect companion to help you find the life of which you’ve always dreamed. À bientôt!

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WIN a copy of Rachel Khoo’s Sweet & Savoury Pâtés

Enter our competition to win a copy of Rachel Khoo’s Sweet & Savoury Pâtés

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French delicacies demystified

Never had the courage to stray beyond French bread and Brie? Our guide to the seemingly unappetising might have you converted

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Talk the talk: learning to speak French

Making the move across the Channel can be a learning curve, but mastering the French language will be fun and rewarding, as Alice Phillpott explains

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Throwing a party in France

Easy for guests to travel to, fantastic local food and beautiful romantic surroundings, what’s not to love about having a party in France, says Rosie Paddon

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An artist's impression of MGM's new résidence de tourisme Le Napoleon

Latest development in Montgenèvre in the French Alps

Newest résidence takes shape in France’s oldest ski resort

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Currency

Sterling work: Exchange rates

When buying property overseas, the strategies you use for exchanging currency can make big differences to how much you pay, says Nadine Rodgers-Callan

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13th-century house in Dordogne

Property pick: character house in Dordogne

This attractive 13th-century house in Dordogne is our property pick this week

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Making beer in Languedoc-Roussillon

British expat Paul Bayliss and his wife Jayne run a microbrewery in Aude in Languedoc-Roussillon

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Single-storey villa near Béziers

Property pick: villa near Béziers

This single-storey villa near Béziers in Languedoc-Roussillon is our favourite French property this week

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Living France October 2014

October issue of Living France out now!

The new October 2014 issue of Living France is packed with inspirational real-life interviews and expert advice and is on sale now

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Tax

French tax doesn’t need to be taxing

There are a number of tax implications to consider before making a move to France. Kate Brehaut explains the requirements of French income tax and social surcharges and guides you through the forms you’ll need to complete

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Tax regimes when working in France

Debbie Bradbury explains the different structures and tax regimes available to you should you be planning to start and run a business in France

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Ensure you get your taxes right when renting out your property

Taxation on holiday homes

Alex Romaine explains how taxation works on holiday homes in France and shows how you can save money on furnished and unfurnished rental properties with some simple accounting

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Working in France

Upcycling in progress in the workshop

Tips on upcycling your furniture

We talk to upcycling specialist Clio Wood to find out how to add some personal French touches to your home interior

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