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French cheese doesn’t just have to be saved for the cheeseboard, why not experiment with canapés too?

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How does a jewellery designer, filmmaker and restaurateur who was born in Israel and grew up in New York come to turn a French château into an artists’ retreat? Ziggy Attias shares his life in Champagne-Ardenne

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When Lin France and her husband Geoff moved to La Suisse Normande in Calvados they took on a major renovation project, turning a derelict building into a lovely home and a holiday accommodation business

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Thanks to advances in low-cost travel and with the many benefits of modern technology, it’s easier than ever to live in France and commute to work in the UK, as one British family have found since moving to Limousin

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It is harvest time around France, and beautiful produce is being collected across fields and gardens throughout the country. People have been sharing pictures of their harvests on Instagram. Here are some amazing photos of the récoltes (harvests) and vendages (wine harvest) 2018:

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The quality of family life in France is one of the reasons why expats rate the country so highly when asked how they feel about their lives overseas, according to a new study

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Expats in France

When Jacalyn Burke left the UK for New York, little did she know that she would meet her long-term partner Kate Fitzgerald and that they would buy their first home together in France. Jacalyn tells us how they made it happen and why they love life in Charente-Maritime

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Most people have a plan when it comes to finding their ideal property in France. Living France’s new columnist, Janine Marsh, did not.

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Does the reality live up to the dream? We catch up with expats Laura and Rowan Wickham to find out how they’re getting on running a gîte business in Charente

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Sam Thomas and her husband Jon Dredge are enjoying quality family time with their son after moving to Morzine to start their own luxury chalet business

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His chambres d’hôtes renovation continues and the builders are making progress, but Ian Moore soon learns there’s never a dull moment when communicating in a second language

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Ian Moore

She made an impulsive decision to move to Limousin 10 years ago and a decade and five children later, Gillian Harvey has no regrets about jumping in feet first. In fact, she couldn’t be happier

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Former teacher and expat mum Kate Coulon’s quintessentially English tea room in the Loire Valley is going down a treat. Here’s how she made it work

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Expats in France

After fulfilling a life-long ambition and opening a restaurant in Aude, Paul and Val Bridgestock are winning rave reviews for their food.

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Many Brits dream of moving to Brittany and running a B&B or gîte business but what is it really like to live and work there?

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Brittany

Twenty years after finding fame on BBC show Changing Rooms, Anna Ryder Richardson is taking on her most ambitious makeover project yet, a ruin in south-west France

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When she inherited a ruin of a house in Gers 15 years ago, Paula Middleton decided to take on the challenge, completely renovated it and now lives there on her own

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Midi-Pyrenees

Peter Quaife and Natalie Lynch found their niche in France by running vegan and vegetarian cookery workshops and cycling holidays in the picturesque town of St-Antonin-Noble-Val. They tell us what it’s like

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Midi-Pyrenees

From pruning to planting, there are plenty of jobs to be done in your French garden this spring to make sure it is ready for the summer

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With a bit of help from Escape to the Château stars Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree, British couple Michael and Jonathan transformed a 16th-century château in the Loire Valley into a luxury hotel and wedding venue

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