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Make the perfect pain perdu

The English call it French toast, but eggy bread fried in butter is an all-day treat in any language, says Rosa Jackson

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Tracy Whelan and her husband Martin

Buying a home in France

Vicky Leigh meets an expat British couple swapping the Middle East for Mayenne

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Paris half-marathon © ASO / P.Perreve

March 2015: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in March 2015, including a half-marathon in Paris, carnivals in Bordeaux and Strasbourg, concerts in the Alps and reduced cinema tickets across France

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Changes to France’s regions explained

After much discussion France’s National Assembly has voted to reduce France’s 22 administrative regions to 13. We ask the experts what effect this will have on property buyers in France

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French mayors hold regular surgeries known as 'permanences', at which locals can raise issues and discuss community concerns

The role of a French maire

Ever wondered how a French maire is elected and what exactly it is that they do? Ian Blackshaw lifts the lid on the life of that local stalwart of village life en France

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A typical bedroom in Pajol Hostel

Paris for all budgets

From bargain hostels to luxury hotels, follow our essential guide for your perfect stay in Paris

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Dieppe, Normandy

4 ports of call in Normandy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Continuing his journey along France’s northern coastline, Ben Palfreyman falls for 4 more ports that offer plenty for the French property hunter

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Poulet Vallee d'Auge © Snap and Stir

Recipe: Poulet Vallée d’Auge

Try a taste of Normandy with this recipe for the creamy chicken and apple dish poulet Vallée d’Auge

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Sue and Simon Paine ©

Expat life: running luxury gîtes in Charente-Maritime

Charente-Maritime residents Sue and Simon Paine converted their barns into luxury gîtes and now welcome visitors from around the world

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A couple and children walk past the snow covered Sacre Coeur basilica after snowfall over Paris

Martin Newell’s Joy of Essex: We may clash, but I’m glad to have France as our neighbour

I dedicate this week’s Joy of Essex to Paris and to France. This in spite of, rather than because of, last week’s ghastly events. I’m very fond of France and always imagined that if I ever did anything to upset England then France would probably be my first choice of exile.

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February 2015 issue of Living France

February 2015 issue of Living France out now!

In the new February 2015 issue of Living France we explore Finistère in Brittany, meet a couple living on France’s canals and share the essential guide to banking in France

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Château de Noyelles

France’s best boutique hotels (on a budget!)

Putting on the style doesn’t have to break the bank - here is our guide to 25 top accomodation choices across France

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It was love at first sight for Genine and Colin James with this charming farmhouse

Road tripping around glorious Gascony

Heading off in search of adventure, Genine and Colin James went on a road trip around France, before falling in love with the market towns of historic Gascony

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Paris Tours © Amé Dupont/OT Paris

Paris Tours

From rummaging for vintage wares to quaffing wine in cellars, discovering Paris on a themed tour can offer insights into many local delights, as Zoë McIntyre discovers

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Vincent Caplier and Peter Clark run an eco-friendly B&B © Les Mazures

Expats running an eco-friendly B&B in Picardy

Franco-British couple Vincent Caplier and Peter Clark run an eco-friendly B&B in Picardy. We find out how they made their home environmentally responsible

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Planning permission rules in France © Andy Robert Davies

Planning permission rules in France explained

Our expert Matthew Cameron reveals the planning permission rules you need to know before starting a renovation project in France and explains how you can obtain permission

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Rear view

Manche West Coast near Carteret - Jersey ferry, Normandy

Traditional stone house in an idyllic country setting easy access to coast and chateau market towns


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© Atout France/Fabrice Milochau

4 ports of call in Brittany and Normandy

Arriving on France’s north-western shores, Ben Palfreyman sets off to explore the attractions and property of four major ports

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Ten top things to do in Paris in 2015

From bargains buys to cutting-edge culture, find out about the top 10 things to do during a trip to Paris in 2015

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Nothing Like a Dream, £8.83, PublishNation, ISBN 978-1-291911923

WIN! a copy of Nothing Like a Dream

Enter our competition to win a copy of Jane Jennings’ Nothing Like a Dream

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A bottle of Bénédictine, one of several great French tipples

French Christmas Drinks

Learn all about the origins of these top French Christmas tipples

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Hornchurch Royal British Legion president Dave King, D-Day veteran John Jeffrey and the verger of St Andrew's Church, Alan Taylor, at the legion

Remembrance Day: D-Day veteran had to ‘learn how to be’ a civilian again

As a soldier fighting on Juno beach during the D-Day landings, John Jeffrey did his bit for his country.

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Help and advice will be offered to serving and ex armed forces members

Letters to the Editor, November 6, 2014

I KNOW that we, the local ratepayers, are supposed to have some say in how the town develops (who can believe that is true anymore?) but how can our lords and masters on North Somerset Council (NSC) suddenly spring on us a plan to move a significant Weston College development onto the area immediately behind the Winter Gardens?

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