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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

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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A lovely village in the Lot valley

Currency update September 2013

Philip Ryan provides valuable insight into the latest currency situation in the UK and Europe

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A beautiful colombage home in Normandy; ¬484,000 (www.clefrance.co.uk)

Welcome change to capital gains tax

President François Hollande has announced a change to the capital gains tax system on second home sales in France

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Property search


Transferring money to France

In order to pay for your dream home across the Channel, you will need to send funds to a French bank account. Laura Parsons shares the simplest ways of making the move

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Latest articles from Living France

The market at Nyons © E Middleton

The top 10 happiest regions in France: a buyer’s guide

A more laid-back, stress-free way of life is what attracts many across the Channel – but with so much choice, where is best to stick a pin in the map? Eleanor O’Kane reveals all you need to know about the happiest regions in France

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Taking your pets to France is easier than you think

Pets’ corner

Isabella von Mesterhazy explains all you need to know and how to prepare before taking your pet with you to France

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Knowing the social rules in France can help ease your move abroad

The Living France guide to... French etiquette

Kate McNally aids safe passage through the tricky waters of social interaction in France

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Gray Veredon at home in his Ardèche property

Above it all

After a lifetime in the theatre, Gray Veredon is making his home centre stage and inviting guests to share his lttle piece of heaven in the heart of Ardèche, as Debbie Curtis discovers

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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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Capital gains tax

Florence Richards takes a look at the recent changes in capital gains tax for second homes in France

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Resale tax

David Anderson explains the latest amendments relating to the resale of properties less than five years old

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Moving to a pretty village such as this in Picardy could be more financially viable than you think

The French tax system

Moving or retiring to France is a dream that many share. We look at how spending your time in France can actually work to your financial advantage

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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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Making your French rental a success

Setting up your own holiday rental in France? Damian Sheridan runs through five essential steps to help make it a success

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An attractive property will make it stand out in the lettings market

Rental potential

If you want to reap a financial benefit from owning a property in France, why not consider long-term lets, says Anne Cunningham-Davis

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