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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!

Property news

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Paris Cocktails: The Art of French Drinking

Enter our competition to win a copy of Doni Belau’s Paris Cocktails

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
FPN December 2015 issue 298

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

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Other Cats to Whip: The Book of French Idioms

Save £1 on the cover price of Other Cats to Whip

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
FPN November 2015 issue 297

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

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Charges could still be applied despite court ruling

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Monday, November 2, 2015
The GBP/EUR exchange rate started 2015 trading at around 1.27 but has since rallied to its strongest levels since before the financial crisis

Laura Parsons explains all you need to know

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Monday, October 5, 2015
Moving currency is often left to the last minute, but it pays dividends to think about it as early as possible

Arranging your finances to buy that dream home in France might not be the most glamorous of jobs, but it can save you thousands of pounds, says Matthew Harris

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Money talks: opening a French bank account

Opening a French bank account will help you organise your finances and keep track of mortgage payments and bills. Laurent Galy explains the basics of banking in France

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Latest articles from Living France

Lille Christmas market © OTCL Lille / Laurent Ghesquiere

France is a magical place in December with traditional marchés de Noël in almost every town but there is also a turkey parade and a Christmas swim in the Mediterranean to look forward to...

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Christmas in France
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Callian in Var © Pierre Behar

Stretching from Saint-Tropez and the Mediterranean coast through mountains and forest to the Alps and the Gorges du Verdon, the department of Var in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is certainly diverse and popular with those looking for a life in the sun

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Friday, November 20, 2015
Fete des Lumieres Place des Jacobins © www.b-rob.com_24

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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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Les Escavalins olive farm in Var © Gerry Whitcombe-Power

An olive farm in Var in Provence captured the hearts of British couple Gerry and Mark Whitcombe-Power, and they transformed the rundown farm into a gîte business and now produce their own AOC olive oil. Find out how they did it

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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When it comes to tax residency, Kehinde Dauda believes that the vast amount of confusion can easily be eradicated by busting a few common myths

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Tax residency rules in France and th eUK © Andy Robert Davies

Where are you resident for tax purposes? The answer may not be as simple as you think. Tax expert Rob Kay explains the tax residency rules for France and the UK

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Tax in France © Dreamstime

Tax credits are available for renovation projects in France, particularly for making a property more energy efficient. Tax expert Rob Kay explains what’s available and how credits are applied

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Renovating in France
Friday, August 21, 2015
© Dreamstime

Money matters can be tricky when you live with one foot on either side of the Channel, so let Rupert Holderness guide you through the muddy waters of capital gains tax

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Working in France

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Builders in France © Fotolia

Finding a reputable builder can be difficult. British expat and project manager Charlie May explains how to find a builder in France and how to decide if they are the right person for you

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Renovating in France
Friday, October 9, 2015
Neglected barn in France ©  Dreamstime

Renovation expert Matthew Chalk reveals the renovation process in France and gives his advice to make a project run smoothly

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Renovating in France
Monday, June 1, 2015
Luciole barge, run by Penny Liley

Expat Penny Liley runs barging holidays along the Burgundy canals. She shares her 8 tips for owning a barge in France and running barging holidays

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