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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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WIN a copy of Rachel Khoo’s Sweet & Savoury Pâtés

Enter our competition to win a copy of Rachel Khoo’s Sweet & Savoury Pâtés

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French delicacies demystified

Never had the courage to stray beyond French bread and Brie? Our guide to the seemingly unappetising might have you converted

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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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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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Karen Wheeler goes mushroom picking

This month, an autumnal day out hunting for mushrooms in France takes a surprising turn for Karen Wheeler

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Elegant house in Mayenne

Property pick: elegant home in Mayenne

This elegant historic house in Mayenne in Pays-de-la-Loire is our favourite French property this week

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Estate agent interview: Ardèche

Thinking about buying a house in Ardèche? We spoke to local estate agent Joachim Brand, of Terra France International Estate Agents, for the inside track on this rural area of France

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Living France's 25th anniversary giveaway

WIN! In our bumper 25th anniversary giveaway

Enter our competition to win one of dozens of prizes, from ferry tickets to courses at a language school, to celebrate Living France’s 25th anniversary

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Tax

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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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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How to set up a B&B or gîte in France

Setting up a B&B or gîte in France is a popular way for expats to earn a living. Kate McNally explains some of the things you need to think about to make your holiday accommodation a success

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Upcycling in progress in the workshop

Tips on upcycling your furniture

We talk to upcycling specialist Clio Wood to find out how to add some personal French touches to your home interior

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