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A report from l’Etudiant has revealed the top student cities in France. We look at the top 15 and what makes each one a great place to study

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Château owner Stephanie Jarvis has appeared in two series of Escape to the Chateau:DIY and reveals why her fairy tale 16th-century château in Centre-Val de Loire is so close to her heart

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Through a TV series directed by her husband, Regina Von Planta found herself at home in Ardèche, south-east France and has created a cookbook of its speciality dishes

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Rhone-Alpes

When American baking sensation Frank Barron relocated to Paris from San Francisco with his partner he thought it would just be for a year, but the city got under their skin. Six years later, the pair are still in the French capital and they couldn’t be happier

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Expats in France

You can now furnish your own home à la Angel Strawbridge! The design queen has launched a soft furnishings and wallpaper collection based on her stunning handiwork in the hit TV show.

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Life in France

When voiceover artist Celia Ford Drummond realised she could live and work anywhere she moved to Provence and embraced a new career as a wedding celebrant. She explains how she helps couples to get married in France

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Expats in France

Tim and Rebecca Jones fell in love with 18th-century Château de la Ruche and are restoring it into a luxury bed and breakfast

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Pays de la Loire

Inject some French flair into your life. Here are some of the products, from or inspired by France that have caught our attention at Living France

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France

Natasha Alexander, 45, lives with her husband and their three children, aged 14, 12 and eight in Manche. She writes the blog Our Normandy Life about living in France and in particular what it’s like to move there with older children

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Normandy

Escape to the Chateau: DIY is back for a second series following intrepid British families taking on the task of renovating and running their fairytale châteaux dotted throughout the French countryside, including Château du Doux

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Renovating in France

Thousands of people in France are signing up to a Rien de Neuf (nothing new) challenge, which involves trying not to buy any new products and instead re-using and exchanging items and buying second-hand. So, what are the alternatives to buying new in France?

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France

Bev and Warren Smith bought a property in Morbihan that once formed part of a cluster of farmsteads and they have converted a number of the buildings, including an old cider press, into gîtes

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Brittany

A cancer diagnosis in 2014 prompted Trevor Thompson and his wife Kay to leave Milton Keynes for a decommissioned watermill in Sarthe, which they have transformed into a home with two gîtes. Here’s how they did it

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Expats in France

It’s never too late for a grown-up gap year, even if you have children in tow. As Amy Jones embarks on a new life in Deux-Sèvres with her husband Richard and two their young sons, she shares her advice on planning and funding a year abroad in France

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Expats in France

Actress, musician and language coach Carrie Anne James moved to Paris three years ago to launch French is Beautiful, which offers online language and culture courses

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When Heidi Smith and her family moved to rural Haute Vienne to set up a holiday business, they kept getting distracted by the glorious wildlife – until they spotted a golden opportunity to make it a key part of their B&B and gîte business

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Expats in France

A beautiful property, along with peace and tranquillity and a warmer climate, attracted Bea White and Derek Connor to Maison Pyron in Ste-Colombe, Landes, which they now run as charming family-friendly holiday accommodation

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Expats in France

As he prepares to welcome his first B&B guests, comedian and new-found host Ian Moore struggles with first-night nerves

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Here are some amazing photos from around France this Christmas

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France

Whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, France’s different climate zones affect the weather you’re like to weather, whether you like it or not, finds Ruth Wood

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