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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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Nothing Like a Dream, £8.83, PublishNation, ISBN 978-1-291911923

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Enter our competition to win a copy of Jane Jennings’ Nothing Like a Dream

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French property auction – catalogue now online

The catalogue for the UK’s first French property auction is now available

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Joan's dream pick: a large, character Charentaise house with six bedrooms, barns and a pool, for sale at ¬273,000

Interview with an agent in Poitou-Charentes

Joan Jenkins of Actous Immobilier shares her view of the property market in Poitou-Charentes

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Left to right: Gary Burke (Burke Bros), Charles Smallwood (Agence LUnion), Steve Gillham (Alliance French Property Group), Ben Hingley (Burke Bros)

French property industry leaders participate in 25th year double celebration

The UK’s number one French Property Exhibition at London’s Olympia Exhibition Hall, Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September 2014, was the setting for a great 25th anniversary celebration and reunion.

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Changes to the UK personal allowance explained

Robert Kent explains why most expats in France are unlikely to be affected if the tax-free allowance is withdrawn

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January 2015 issue of Living France

January 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new January 2015 issue of Living France we explore Bouches-du-Rhône, meet a family living in Bordeaux and explain how to set up a business in France

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Ski apartment in Morzine

Property pick: ski apartment

Our property pick this week is this three-bedroom apartment in Morzine, the perfect ski base

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Explore Côtes-d’Armor in Brittany

With its rugged coastline and tranquil countryside, Côtes-d’Armor in Brittany is a department of rich and colourful contrasts, as Patricia Stoughton discovers

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Dinan © Norbert Lambart / Région Bretagne / CRTB

Estate agent interview: Côtes-d’Armor

Thinking about buying a house in Côtes-d’Armor in Brittany? We spoke to local estate agent Robert Welton, of Bel Air Homes, for the inside track on this rural area of France

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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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French tax doesn’t need to be taxing

There are a number of tax implications to consider before making a move to France. Kate Brehaut explains the requirements of French income tax and social surcharges and guides you through the forms you’ll need to complete

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Working in France

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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Café des Artistes in Toulouse

Teaching English in France

France is many people’s dream destination, but life here can be isolating if you are not working or don’t speak French

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10 tips for running a gîte

British expat and gîte owner Tom Reilly shares his 10 top tips for running a gîte

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