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7 things we learned about France in the latest issue of FRANCE Magazine

PUBLISHED: 16:13 31 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:16 07 August 2019

The September issue of FRANCE Magazine is on sale now

The September issue of FRANCE Magazine is on sale now

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Working on FRANCE Magazine, we learn lots of fascinating and quirky facts about our favourite country every month. From 007's casino to a cantankerous cockerel, here's what we found out while putting together the September issue - our boating special!

1) France has the largest inland waterway network in Europe

With 8,500km of rivers and canals to explore, there's so much to see and do on a boating break in France. September's issue marks our boating special, crammed full of tips and ideas for a holiday exploring France by barge.

Embark on a fantastic Brittany boating holiday with Ruth Wood on P24 and find out everything you need to go on your own watery voyage from P19.

Autumn is a great time to explore the Canal du Midi. Pic: Yvon52/iStock/GettyAutumn is a great time to explore the Canal du Midi. Pic: Yvon52/iStock/Getty

2) The casino in James Bond adventure Casino Royale is based on one in Deauville

The Casino Barrière, near the luxurious Normandy seaside resort's famous boardwalk, was a favourite of writer Ian Fleming.

Holiday like a movie star with Group Editor Karen Tait on her trip to the home of the American Film Festival on page 50.

3) There's a raucous rooster in Charente-Maritime who's being taken to court

The crowing cockerel has made himself an enemy of his neighbours, who are sick of his early morning screeching.

Find out more about this crazy case and other French news stories on P81.

4) Books from the Astérix series have sold more than 500 million copies

The series has been translated into more than 100 languages.

Discover more about the famous fictional Gauls on P86.

5) Calvados takes its name from some Norman rocks - or does it?

There are a couple of theories behind the origins of the northern département's name - one involving some rocks just off the coast, and another involving a ship.

Discover both stories in our Calvados guide on P56.

6) Tannat is one of the healthiest grapes - cheers to that!

It's said to lower your blood level and your cholesterol.

Go on a wine Tour de France with Dominic Rippon on P74.

7) You can follow in the footsteps of Richard the Lionheart on a road trip

The Route Richard Coeur de Lion is an 180km-long voyage across Haute-Vienne and Corrèze, taking in the likes of Rochechouart and Montbrun.

Belt up for a drive through history with Heidi Fuller-love.

So what are you waiting for? The September 2019 issue of FRANCE Magazine is out now - order your copy here.

Or take advantage of our great subscription offers and get FRANCE Magazine delivered straight to your door every month!

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