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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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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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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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Poppies growing in an east London school garden

BIG DEBATE: Should we still wear Poppies for Remembrance Day 100 years on?

This year’s Remembrance Day on November 11 and the Poppy Day Appeal for the Royal British Legion marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. We still wear the bright red poppies of the Fields of Flanders to remember the fallen a century ago and from every war since. But many today question why we should commemorate warefare at all. To some, like Rob Ferguson of the Newham Stop the War Coalition, it marks senseless slaughter on the battlefield. But for others, like Dr Stephen Clarke of the Royal British Legion, Remembrance honours the fallen and supports those who have lost their loved ones or those who fought for their country and returned invalided...

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A plate of perfectly cooked moules marinières

Learn how to make moules marinières

This mainstay of French seaside holidays is simple to prepare at home, says Rosa Jackson

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Vineyards of the Beaujolais Nouveau © RA Tourisme / JB Laissard

November: events in France

Discover some of the major events happening in France in November 2014

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La Vaquerie © Design House Northwest Ltd / D. Streets

10 tips for running a gîte

British expat and gîte owner Tom Reilly shares his 10 top tips for running a gîte

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Tom Reilly and David Streets with Sid and Saffy © Design House Northwest Ltd / D. Streets

Gîte renovation in Normandy

Find out how one British couple transformed their Normandy farmhouse into an attractive gîte

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Things to do in Bakewell

Explore a little further afield, there’s lots to be found just a short distance away in neighbouring Derbyshire.

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French delicacies demystified

Never had the courage to stray beyond French bread and Brie? Our guide to the seemingly unappetising might have you converted

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What’s all the fosse? A guide to septic tanks

The fosse septique is one of those less glamorous intricacies of French life that could take you unawares. Mary Hall explains how to prepare for buying homes with a septic tank

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Accommodation review: Les Petits Matins Bleus, Normandy

Relax and unwind in this rural dream in tranquil Normandy

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Deauville Film Festival © Festival de Deauville

September: events in France

Find out some of the events happening in France in September

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Bert Sheffield on Dino with owner Eve Little at Houghton Hall. Picture: Rob Morris.

GALLERY: March Knights End Equestrian Dino chosen by Canadian para rider Roberta Sheffield for World Equestrian Games

A horse which is owned and trained at an equestrian centre in March will take part in the world’s most prestigious equestrian event.

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La plage du Moulleau, Bassin d'Arcachon. Gironde

France’s top beaches

Karen Tait picks out eight of France’s best beaches, ideal for holidaymakers and househunters

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Ron Arnold has been awarded a French honour called the Legion D'Honneur which is rarely bestowed upon non-French nationals.

Romford D-Day veteran awarded Legion d’Honneur

A D-Day hero has been awarded the highest honour that can be bestowed by the French government.

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The Thiepval Memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, © Fotolia

World War I: Journey of remembrance

Cycling along the length of the Western Front, Paul Lamarra tried to come to terms with the scale and horror of World War I

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