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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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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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Q&A: Transfer of property ownership under the tontine clause

Matthew Cameron of AshtonKCJ Solicitors 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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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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The differences between British and French comedy

Comedian and expat Ian Moore describes how British-style stand-up comedy just hasn’t quite caught on in France

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Property for sale in Provence for 398,000 euros by Leggett Immobilier

Q&A: Home-exchange

Home-exchange expert Lois Sealy, of Home Base Holidays, answers the most common questions about the process of home-exchange for anyone thinking of trying it

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Rural four-bedroom house in Dordogne

Property pick: rural house in Dordogne

The France Show exhibitor Guyenne Immobilier has chosen this rural four-bedroom house in Dordogne as their property pick this week

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Tax

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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This new development of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in Languedoc-Roussillon is ideal for keen skiers and golfers. Onsite facilities include a spa and pool and prices start at 85,750 euros (www.latitudes.co.uk/fpn)

Many happy returns: the tax advantages of leaseback

Buying a leaseback home can be a tax-efficient way of investing in French property. Kehinde Dauda explains the tax advantages associated with this type of purchase

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French tax on rental properties

Alex Romaine explains the tax implications of running a holiday let in France and shares how you can prepare yourself in order to comply with the current legislation

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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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The Dumont family on the Cote d'Azur

Running a scooter business on the Côte d’Azur

A Franco-British couple reveal how they set up their home and business on the Côte d’Azur and prove that you don’t need to be a millionaire to live on the French Riviera

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Maison de la Roche in Languedoc-Roussillon

5 ways to make a living in France

If you need to make a living in France, there are lots of options open to you from running a gîte to finding full-time employment, but make sure you are well prepared

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