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10 of the best food & wine tours in France

Love the thought of touring French vineyards and spending days sampling delicious French food and wines? Then check out our favourite 10 food and drink holidays across France that include among others champagne trails, river cruises and cognac tasting breaks

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Carol Drinkwater on life in Provence

The Cannes Film Festival can make for a fun experience, says Carol Drinkwater

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History trail: Picasso in France

With the Musée Picasso in Paris now reopened after a lavish renovation, Peter Stewart examines the life and work of one of the world’s most influential artists

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Toulouse at a glance

Toulouse, capital of the Haute-Garonne department in Midi-Pyrénées, is popular with expats and visitors. We take a quick look at the city to find out why

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The basics of buying a house in France

A property agent in France explains how the house-buying process in France works and what you need to do to prepare for your property search

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3 houses in Poitou-Charentes

Poitou-Charentes in south-west France is becoming increasingly popular with visitors and expats, so we found three French properties for sale in the region

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Ian Moore: How the French treat their pets

Comedian and expat Ian Moore muses on how the French treat their pets, in particular their pampered pooches

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Guide to French retail banking

A basic guide to the French retail banking system for expats living in France, including the main high-street banks, how to open an account and use cheques, bank cards and overdrafts

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Cancelling French insurance policies: the loi Hamon explained

Making sure you double-check all your documents in France is a good policy for British expats, especially when it comes to cancelling insurance, says Guillaume Poissant

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Timber-framed buildings may be rare in rural Charente, but Jess and Tom Kyle stay true to their ambition of building a Passivhaus-inspired home in the sunshine

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New ruling on French social charges

French social charges ruled illegal by Court of Justice of the European Union

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6 reasons to retire to Pau in south-west France

Vicky Leigh discovers why the capital of Pyrénées-Atlantiques is the perfect place to spend your retirement

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Wine and cheese

10 of the best food & wine tours in France

Love the thought of touring French vineyards and spending days sampling delicious French food and wines? Then check out our favourite 10 food and drink holidays across France that include among others champagne trails, river cruises and cognac tasting breaks

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18 French words you need to know to use the banking system in France

Do you know how to say ‘cash’ or ‘overdraft’ in French? Here are 18 words and phrases you need to know in order to be able to use the French banking system

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French food to take home: Goat’s cheese

In her monthly column, Food blogger and Paris resident Clotilde Dusoulier shows how to use the produce that we buy from French markets. This year it’s goat’s cheese in the limelight

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Recipe: Fondant au chocolat

Indulge your sweet tooth and impress your guests with our recipe for fondant au chocolat and find out how the dessert was invented

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