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Place des Célestins, Lyon

Rent this apartment in Place des Célestins for a beautiful view of Lyon


Stalagmites in a gallery of the original cave

Visit the Chauvet Caves in the Ardèche

Cave paintings dating from 36,000 years ago are being re-created in a $55m tourist attraction in the Gorges de l’Ardèche. John Malathronas puts on his hard hat to discover more

A classic tarte aux fraises © iStockphoto

How to make the perfect strawberry tart

The ripest strawberries and the lightest of fillings produce a tarte aux fraises that tastes as good as it looks, says Rosa Jackson

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Village house in Vienne

Village house in Vienne

This pretty village house already set up as a luxury B&B is Emma Rawle’s favourite French property for sale

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Roman Games in Nimes © M. Fasol

May 2015: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in May 2015, including the country’s ‘night at the museum’ event, Cannes film festival, several music festivals and the creation of an eight-metre strawberry tart!

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Collonges-la-Rouge © Pierre SOISSONS / ADT Corrèze

Explore the Dordogne Valley

Travel beyond the well-known hotspots of Dordogne and into the Dordogne Valley, and you will find pretty villages, peaceful countryside, delicious food and wine and a strong culture

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Organising electricity suppliers in France © Fotolia

Guide to utilities in France

One of the first things you will need to get to grips with following a move to France is your gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies. Here is our simple guide to setting up utilities in France

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Planning a wedding in France: the paperwork

Don’t let fears of the bureaucracy put you off holding your dream wedding in France. Here is a simple guide to all of the paperwork you need to produce in order to get married in France

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The long-established resort of Tignes Val Claret

Family-friendly ski properties in France

Karen Tait discovers two ski resorts that offer village vibes for families looking for a French property close to the ski slopes

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Interview with an agent on the Riviera

Mark Moran of BienSud Immobilier explains why a three-bedroom villa near Roquebrune-sur-Argens, on the market for €995,000, gets his vote

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The role of the French maire

If you want to make changes to your property in France you’ll need to notify the maire. Sean O’Connor explains the role of this VIP when it comes to planning permission

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FPN May 2015 issue 291

May 2015 issue of French Property News out now!

A preview of what you’ll find inside our latest issue

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Setting up your water supply in France © fotolia

20 French words you need to know to set up utilities in France

Do you know how to say ‘meter reading’ or ‘peak hours’ in French? Here are 20 French words to help you set up your gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies in France

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Oeufs en cocotte a la creme recipe © Snap and Stir

Recipe: Oeufs en cocotte à la crème

Try the rich and creamy oeufs en cocotte à la crème at home and discover some variations on the dish you can expect in different areas of France

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Do you know your fraise from your pastèque?

Test your knowledge by pairing the English and French words for each fruit in this fun game of Pairs.

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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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