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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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Property news

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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Healthcare in France

Your entitlement to medical cover in France can be a complex issue, so we’ve asked Johanna Matthews to answer some of your most frequently asked questions

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Local Council and European Elections 2014

In a discussion with Neil Spoonley, the Maire of Beyssenac in Corrèze, Francis Comby, explains why expats should register on the local electoral roll before 31st December this year

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A lovely village in the Lot valley

Currency update September 2013

Philip Ryan provides valuable insight into the latest currency situation in the UK and Europe

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Currency

If you plan to run a business in France, make sure you get the most from currency exchange

Making the most of currency exchange

If you are running a business in France, it’s important to get your currency exchange arrangements right. Laura Parsons explains how you can use brokers to your advantage to ensure you get the best deal

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Canche bay in Le Touquet © Anne Sopie Flament/Pas de Calais

A guide to Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Nord-Pas-de-Calais offers coastline, culture and countryside in one easily accessible package. Gillian Thornton crossed the Channel to find out more

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David Lebovitz shopping at his local market in Paris © Ed Anderson

Food writer David Lebovitz on life in Paris

Food writer, blogger and Paris resident David Lebovitz scratches below the surface of the city’s culinary scene to share stories and recipes in his latest book, as Anna McKittrick discovers

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Practical information: running classic car tours and a B&B

Nick Brimblecombe, and his wife Sally, run both a B&B and classic car tours. They tell us how they decided to buy a house in Charente and the practicalities of running both businesses

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An MG TD in the courtyard of the Logis du Paradis © logisduparadis.com

Real life: running classic car tours and a B&B in Charente

Nick and Sally Brimblecombe live life to the full in beautiful Charente where they run both a chambres d’hôtes and classic car tours, as Stephanie Sheldrake finds out

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Tax

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

Ciara runs her upholstery business from her 17th-century chateau deep in the Gers countryside

Running an upholstery business in Gers

Sandra Haurant meets an expat who has turned her love of textiles into a thriving upholstery business, which is based in a Gers château

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Making your French rental a success

Setting up your own holiday rental in France? Damian Sheridan runs through five essential steps to help make it a success

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