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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

Fat Dogs and French Estates by Beth Haslam

WIN! Fat Dogs and French Estates by Beth Haslam

French Property News has two signed copies of Beth Haslam’s memoir Fat Dogs and French Estates to give away

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FPN June 2015 issue

June 2015 issue of French Property News out now!

A preview of what you’ll find inside our latest issue

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FPN May 2015 issue 291

May 2015 issue of French Property News out now!

A preview of what you’ll find inside our latest issue

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New ruling on French social charges

French social charges ruled illegal by Court of Justice of the European Union

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French Property News April 2015 issue

April 2015 issue of French Property News out now!

In the new April 2015 issue of French Property News we explore the best places for young people and families, plus we visit two family-friendly ski resorts where new residential developments have just been launched. We also reveal why buying in Provence won’t necessarily break the bank, while our expert advice covers everything from financing a purchase with a French mortgage and pension changes to keeping septic tanks in good working order and running a successful business.

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Payment delays after selling a French property

The proceeds of your French property sale might not go straight to your bank account and there are many reasons why there may be a delay, as Matthew Cameron explains

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Sue Sharp running her quilting workshops

Brits running a quilting business in northern France

A move to northern France sae Sue and Peter Sharp turn their hand to running residential quilting workshops. We find out why they decided to move and how they set up their business

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Historic property in Cotes-d'Armor

Historic property in Côtes-d’Armor

This historic Breton property in Côtes-d’Armor with its two wings is Eve Middleton’s favourite French property for sale

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Explore Seine-Maritime in Normandy

Just across the Channel, Seine-Maritime in Normandy is a popular stop-off point for visitors and was once a focal point for Impressionism. Its natural beauty, coastal charm and ancient history makes it a great place for expats to settle.

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6 tips for building a house in France

Simon Warren is a project manager for property developments and is in the process of building a house for his family in Annecy. He shares 6 tips for those thinking of building their own house in France

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Tax

French tax: changes to the ‘assurance vie’

Changes to the way assurance vie policies are treated can have a considerable impact on your tax bill. Use Robert Kent’s expert guide to find out how this may affect you

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Tax on renting unfurnished property in France

For those planning to generate an income from their French home, Kate Brehaut considers the tax implications of renting out an unfurnished property in France

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The European Court of Justice ruling: social charges on non-residents is contrary to EU law

Court of Justice of the European Union sanctions the French tax regime imposed on non-residents. Advertising Feature

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How could the proposed changes to capital gains tax rules affect expats?

Kehinde Dauda runs through the new rules for capital gains tax on UK homes sold by non-UK residents, and explains how to minimise their effects

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Working in France

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The auto-entrepreneur tax scheme explained

A popular option with new businesses, France’s auto-entrepreneur scheme has undergone a number of changes recently. We take a closer look at the scheme

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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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Ben Lethbridge and his burger van

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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