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Spectacular scenery, vibrant cities and charming villages, FRANCE magazine brings you the very best of France. Featuring inspiring articles on weekend getaways, destinations and holiday ideas, an intriguing food and wine section for French foodies as well as articles revealing the hidden depths of France’s history and culture, it really is the next best thing to being there!

Our monthly language section is an essential guide to improving your French, while our section dedicated to La Culture brings you book and film reviews along with interviews with A-list French stars, and France-loving celebrities. With columns from top authors Stephen Clarke and Carol Drinkwater, the magazine is the ultimate way to indulge your love of l’Hexagone between visits, and the best way to plan your next trip away.

"I've adored France for as long as I can remember, and it is a true privilege to bring together the different elements that make the country so special in every issue of the magazine." Carolyn Boyd, Editor

Celebrity interviews

Grégory Fitoussi © Guillaume Collet/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

An interview with Grégory Fitoussi

French actor Grégory Fitoussi discusses his new role in Spin, starring in Mr Selfridge and his love of skydiving

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Léa Seydoux in the new James Bond film Spectre © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

The new Bond girl

Cannes award-winner Léa Seydoux tells Pierre de Villiers about the challenges of playing a modern ‘Bond girl’

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James Cracknell © Angus Muir

An interview with James Cracknell

The former Olympic and world rowing champion tells Angela Sara West about his sporting adventures in France

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French language

'Toast' was from the French verb 'toster' meaning 'to grill' all along! ©iStockphotos

You’ll never believe which English foods derived from French words

Thought bacon, toast and cabbage were quintessentially British foods? Think again! We’ve uncovered 10 food-related English words that were originally French and you’ll never believe what they are…

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'Tomber dans les pommes', which means to 'pass out' © Rita Strik / Living France

15 of the funniest French idioms

Sound like a true French speaker by throwing some of these funny French idioms into conversation

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Learn French with a daily email © Frantastique

Learn French in just 15 minutes a day

Learn French in just 15 minutes a day with daily email lessons from Frantastique, which include a fun story, personalised corrections and explanations

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Latest articles from France Magazine

Cyclists admiring the view across the Loire © Joel Damase

Picturesque cycle routes across France to try this summer

Dust off your bicycle and take in the beauty of France on one of these cycle trails

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Bordeaux © Rostislav Ageev / ThinkstockPhotos

Reasons to visit Bordeaux this summer

With a number of exciting events happening, wine capital Bordeaux is the place to visit this summer

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Being overtaken by another canal boat on a boating trip in Alsace ©Alice and Ray Kershaw

Tips for a great boating holiday in France

Booked a boating holiday on the French canals and rivers? Follow these tips for a safe, stress-free and fun boating holiday in France

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Marqueyssac Gardens in the Fading Sunlight © jimmymc81, Thinkstock

Could these be France’s prettiest gardens?

If you’re a sucker for all things horticultural you’re bound to love the beautiful landscaped gardens of France. We pick 7 places we think the green-fingered should visit.

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French culture

'Toast' was from the French verb 'toster' meaning 'to grill' all along! ©iStockphotos

You’ll never believe which English foods derived from French words

Thought bacon, toast and cabbage were quintessentially British foods? Think again! We’ve uncovered 10 food-related English words that were originally French and you’ll never believe what they are…

Read full story »

'Tomber dans les pommes', which means to 'pass out' © Rita Strik / Living France

15 of the funniest French idioms

Sound like a true French speaker by throwing some of these funny French idioms into conversation

Read full story »

French news headlines © Iropa / Dreamstime

French news stories that caught our eye this week

New names for another new French region, uproar over the cancellation of France’s largest free festival and the anniversary of the wedding of the century – the French news headlines that caught our eye this week

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L'Escargot, London's oldest French restaurant ©Mike Abrahams

French restaurants in London you really need to try

Need your fix of French food while in London? Head to one of these French restaurants in London to get a true taste of France

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Check out our competitions

Enter fantastic free competitions from our France magazines as well as exclusive online only contests and win prizes.  We also have great reader offers for you to take advantage of so take a look at our latest competitions and offers section so you don’t miss out. Read more

Property in France

Moving to France with your pet

A guide to taking your pet to France

Planning to travel to France with animals in tow? Consider these important points

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Changes to notaires' fees © Dreamstime

Changes to notaires’ fees makes buying a French property cheaper

Reforms to notaires’ fees coming into effect on 1 May means that notaires can offer discounts to property buyers, making your French property purchase cheaper

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Completing your French income tax return © Jerome Delahaye / Fotolia

Completing your French income tax return

A guide through the maze of French income tax and information on how and when to submit a French income tax return

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Renting a property in France before buying one opens more doors © Thinkstock; Fuse

8 reasons to rent before buying a property in France

Before you take the plunge and move permanently to France, it makes sense to test the water by a renting a property out before buying your dream home in France. Here are 8 reasons why you should try before you buy...

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