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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, September 23, 2015
FPN Oct issue on sale

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

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Last Chance in the Pyrénées by Julia Stagg

Enter our competition to win a copy of Last Chance in the Pyrénées by Julia Stagg

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Friday, September 4, 2015
Nine stunning French proporties with gardens

From an easy-to-maintain courtyard garden to a few acres, most househunters trying to find a property in France want some outside space to enjoy al fresco lunches and indulge their green-fingered passions. Here are just a few of the many properties with gardens on France Property Shop.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
FPN September issue 295

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

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Friday, August 14, 2015
Find thousands of properties for sale across France

The French Property Exhibition at Olympia Central, London on 18-20 September offers all the information and inspiration you need

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29 minutes ago
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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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Laura Parsons of TorFX talks about transferring savings to France

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Latest articles from Living France

Apartment in Nice for 693,000 euros

With its sunshine, good food and glamourous Mediterranean resorts, the French Riviera is always popular with property buyers. Here are three properties for sale along the Côte d’Azur

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Monday, September 28, 2015
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Planning to undertake a renovation project or do some DIY in France? Here are 21 French words that you will need to know

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Architect plans © Fotolia

If you are buying a property in France or organising building work on your property then you will need to know how architects and surveyors work in France. Here are 5 things to be aware of

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Transferring money abroad ©

Being prepared and doing your research can save you a lot of money when tackling the volatile foreign exchange market. Laura Parsons, of TorFX, explains how using a currency broker can help protect you from fluctuations in the exhange rates

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Friday, August 21, 2015
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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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Saturday, August 8, 2015
French Village

Sean O’Connor examines the controversy surrounding social contributions and asks: will the French government give way?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
French Country Cottages

Thinking of running a holiday let in France? Alex Romaine explains the tax implications of this type of venture and shares how you can best prepare for the current legislations

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Rooftops in Viviers, France

Following the news of a major reversal in French social charges legislation, Kehinde Dauda explains how this might affect your investments in France

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Working 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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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Auto-entrepreneur scheme © Fotolia

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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Monday, January 26, 2015
Setting up a business in France © Fotolia

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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