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France has begun easing its lockdown and expats living there have been enjoying the new freedoms of deconfinement

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Kim Reeves moved to Castelmoron-sur-Lot in south-west France nearly 20 years ago to transform an 18th-century farmhouse, Domaine de Rambeau, which she runs as a B&B and gîte with her French husband Christian

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Aquitaine

Novelist and journalist Ellen Alpsten spent her student days in Paris and went on to buy a home in Pyrénées-Orientales, which provided the perfect place for her to write her debut novel, Tsarina

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Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef Molly Wilkinson runs virtual cooking classes and Instagram bake-alongs from her apartment in Versailles

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Prizes for the winners include a night at the couple’s Château de la Motte Husson in Mayenne

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In her latest book, My Four Seasons in France, Janine Marsh shares the joys of rural life throughout the year in Pas-de-Calais

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One wine expert in Lyon is sharing her knowledge with the world through video calls, social media and YouTube

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He made his name as the original Captain Poldark but a move to Tarn and a diabetes diagnosis led the actor to add cookbook writing to his CV

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In the latest series of the popular Channel 4 show, Yorkshire couple Debbie Bell and Nigel Lawson tackled multiple projects at Château Gioux in Limousin

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We find ourselves in unprecedented times but the people of France are finding ways to focus on the positives during the coronavirus lockdown

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In the latest series, Tim and Sasha Hazael of Château du Puits es Pratx create a wellness garden and prepare for wedding season

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Languedoc-Roussillon

Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel are on a tour of the UK sharing stories about life at Château de la Motte Husson in France

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Franglais is becoming more rampant in France, says Ian Moore, despite the Académie Française’s attempts to banish it

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Musicians Peter Evans and Ema Augustyniak moved from Brighton to a regional park in central France to host singing, yoga and meditation retreats

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Limousin

Becky Brown and husband Andrew are raising their children in 10 acres of wild French woodland, where they have a campsite and run workshops and retreats

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Did you know you can cross France by train for as little as €10? Whether you’re going on holiday or living there, here’s our guide to getting to, from and around France without a car

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French Alps

Budget-conscious expat and Living France columnist Laura Harley embraced a more frugal way of life when she moved to Limousin in 2018. Here she shares some of her savvy money-saving tips for spending less without sacrificing quality of life

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When school friends Gillian and Linda from Edinburgh lost touch at the age of nine, little did they know they were destined to find each other again at their local choir in Deux-Sèvres

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Retired but not tired? Retiring but not shy? A move to France could be a great chance to get fit, learn new skills and take time to care for yourself and others, says Ruth Wood

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Expats in France

Vanessa Howard and William McDonald have created a vintage fashion museum at their French home to give their gîte business a cutting edge

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