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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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Talk the talk: learning to speak French

Making the move across the Channel can be a learning curve, but mastering the French language will be fun and rewarding, as Alice Phillpott explains

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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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Currency

Sterling work: Exchange rates

When buying property overseas, the strategies you use for exchanging currency can make big differences to how much you pay, says Nadine Rodgers-Callan

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September: events in France

Find out some of the events happening in France in September

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The stylish interiors of Jane's beachside property

Running a holiday rental business on the Médoc coast

Seaside living is a far cry from her former London life, but for Jane Butler, the move to France offered a welcome change, as Anna McKittrick discovers

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Ask the experts: making a property ready for letting

Glynis Shaw, of French Connections, reveals how to make your French property ready for holiday letting to make sure you get maximum bookings

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Only five minutes from the beach and with ocean views, this property is in an ideal location

Property pick: beachside villa in Brittany

This elegant villa only five minutes from the beach in Finistère in Brittany is our property pick this week

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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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