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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

French Property News March 2015 issue

March 2015 issue of French Property News out now!

In the new March 2015 issue we explore the best places to retire in France, discover the hidden villages of Paris and find out how you can get more property for your money. We’ve also got expert advice on the holiday accommodation market, French mortgages and the tax system in France

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'My Old Lady' stars Kevin Kline and Dame Maggie Smith

WIN! a copy of My Old Lady on DVD

My Old LadyCurzon Film World, Cert. 15, £15.99, www.curzonworld.com

Any film that can name Kristin Scott Thomas and Dame Maggie Smith among its line-up is a draw in itself, but couple that with a story set in Paris – especially one about French property – and it’s seriously one to watch.

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Q&A: Opening a bank account in France

Your French property questions answered

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Q&A: Retiring in France

David Anderson of Sykes Anderson Perry Ltd offers advice

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Currency

General wisdom among analysts suggests that the GBP/EUR rate will rise over the next 12 months

Foreign currency exchange: 7 things to think about in 2015

Looking back on an eventful 12 months for the currency markets, Matthew Harris shares his predictions for 2015

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Test your French: animal names game

Test your knowledge by pairing the English and French words for each animal in this fun game of Pairs.

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A stylish expat home in Normandy

British expat Sharon Santoni has built up an international following for her popular blog about her French country home in Normandy. Find out how she created such a successful blog and where she finds inspiration for her French country interior style

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How satellite broadband works

If you are struggling to get reliable broadband in rural France then satellite broadband could be the answer. Our expert Bob Elliott explains how it works

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The Hundred-Foot Journey DVD

WIN! The Hundred-Foot Journey on DVD

Enter our competition to win a copy of The Hundred-Foot Journey on DVD

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Tax

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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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French taxe d’aménagement explained

While it might appear to be yet another tax to pay, the taxe d’aménagement is actually a welcome addition for those developing property in France, as Robert Kent explains

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Do you dream of running a little café with an outdoor terrace in a picture-postcard French village?

Your twilight saga: planning finances for your retirement in France

Cruise smoothly into the perfect retirement in France by planning all your finances, healthcare insurances and inheritance affairs now, says tax expert Joanna Reintjes

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The French auto-entrepreneur scheme

With reforms to the auto-entrepreneur scheme due to come into effect on 1 January 2015, Debbie Bradbury explains how these changes might affect your business

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Enter fantastic free competitions from our France magazines as well as exclusive online only contests and win prizes.  We also have great reader offers for you to take advantage of so take a look at our latest competitions and offers section so you don’t miss out. Read more

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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