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The Eiffel Tower stands brightly illuminated at dusk © Fotolia

To Paris with love

Readers and contributors explain why the City of Light has a place in their hearts in our tribute to the French capital

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The beautiful Christmas tree takes centre stage inside the Galeries LaFayette department store in Paris © Fotolia

16 festive French words

With the festive season upon us here are 16 different French words to help you get in the Christmas spirit

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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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Fete des Lumieres Place des Jacobins © www.b-rob.com_24

2015 Fête des Lumières honours victims of Paris attacks

Instead of the usual light show, a candlelit tribute will be held in Lyon in December in memory of those who died in the Paris attacks

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Chansons pour apprendre

WIN! A copy of French CD Chansons pour apprendre

Enter our competition to win a CD of French songs: Chansons pour apprendre

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Silhouette of Eiffel Tower

19 pictures that sum up why France is a magical place to live and visit

From majestic mountain ranges to Mediterranean beaches, fine food to high fashion is it any wonder so many people love France so much?

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The stunning Collioure

Our favourite 10 wine producing towns in France

French wine towns are hubs of gastronomy, culture and festivals, with surrounding vineyards. Dominic Rippon recommends his top 10 to visit

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Baba au rhum © Snap and Stir

Recipe: baba au rhum

Cook the classic French dessert baba au rhum with our easy recipe

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4 scrumptious chocolate desserts

Decadent chocolate desserts: 4 French classics

French chefs have had a love affair with chocolate ever since it was introduced to France from Spain in the early 17th century. Here are four luxurious, chocolate-rich, desserts that you will want to eat again and again

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Visiting the doctor © Fotolia

22 French words to help with a visit to the doctor in France

Need to visit the doctor or pharmacy in France? Here are 22 French words and phrases to help you explain your illness

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Petula Clark

An interview with Petula Clark

The evergreen singer tells Peter Stewart about her life and career in France

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Planning to visit a vineyard? Check out these tips to make the most of your visit

French vineyards: 10 tips to make the most of your visit

Buy direct from winemakers and you’ll discover some great French wines. Expert Dominic Rippon passes on his top 10 tips for a successful vineyard visit

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Tell your loved one how you feel in French

5 ways to say ‘I love you’ in French

Feeling romantic? Express your emotions in French, the language of love

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Sole Meuniere © Snap and Stir

Recipe: sole meunière

Try this classic French fish dish with our recipe for sole meunière

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Zaz posing for her new album © Yann Orhan

Voice of the People

Singer-songwriter Zaz tells Peter Stewart about following in Édith Piaf’s Parisian footsteps

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes © Bill Prentice

An interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The explorer and author tells Eleanor O’Kane how his French ancestors helped to shape history on both sides of the Channel

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