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Driving In France

Driving In France

Invariably, when people visit France from the UK, they do so by car, crossing the Channel by ferry and then taking to the French roads for their annual summer holidays. Other than the obvious difference of driving on the right, what specific issues, from the permitted alcohol limit to mobile phone use, need to be […]

Fascinating Festivals in France

Fascinating Festivals in France

France offers such a wealth of history, culture and cuisines, it’s hardly surprising to find there are all kinds of fascinating festivals held throughout the country all year. While some invoke historic periods, from Roman times to Medieval, many focus on food, and are a celebration of local produce and livestock. Let’s take a look […]

Iconic Events in France

Iconic Events in France

Throughout the year, France hosts many iconic, world-class events that attract visitors from around the globe. While the pandemic may have temporarily curbed some of them, they remain much-loved and appreciated fixtures. Here are some of the best. Menton Lemon Festival – February Held over two weeks every February, the Fête du Citron, or Lemon […]

France's Public Holidays

France’s Public Holidays

If you are moving to France or plan to travel to the country for a spot of house-hunting, it’s a good idea to get on top of France’s public holidays, of which there are eleven each year. Indeed, for a country that’s proudly secular, France celebrates several Christian holidays that go largely neglected in the […]

France's Glorious Gardens

France’s Glorious Gardens

There is little more uplifting than visiting a beautiful garden, especially after a long, dull winter. France has a well established history for formal chateau style gardens around Paris and the Loire Valley, but is full of other surprises, too, such as a bamboo garden in Provence and some stunning hanging gardens in the Dordogne. […]

France’s Incredible Lakes

France’s Incredible Lakes

While many flock to France’s beautiful coasts for holidays of sun, sea and sand, their very popularity has also made them expensive and busy. For all the beauty of a water view without the bustle, lakes make for a stunning alternative. Unlike Italy or Switzerland, France isn’t particularly known for its lakes, but there are […]

Moving To France – A Personal Experience

Moving To France – A Personal Experience

by 1st for French Property writer Alex Sutcliffe Call it my millennial midlife crisis, but in January 2000 I sold my London flat, put my belongings into storage and arrived at a ramshackle French cottage with one suitcase, two cats and a dream of becoming a full-time writer. The village was St Jeannet, about a […]

International Schools vs French State School

International Schools vs French State School

One of the most important factors for any family in the decision to move to France has to be the children’s education. How will they fare in a new school, in a new country, using a different language? It’s a daunting thought, and obviously one that is much easier if the children involved are still […]

Struggling with French Tax Declarations?  Let French Tax Online Help You

Struggling with French Tax Declarations? Let French Tax Online Help You

1st for French Property are delighted to have partnered with French Tax Online, a Certified Chartered Accountancy firm based in Marseilles, whose bilingual team is dedicated to providing a full accounting, taxation and company management service, in particular aimed at international clients who have assets in France, or who are planning to do so. Whether […]

Living In The Dordogne

Living In The Dordogne

Of all of France, the one area the British have a special affection for is the Dordogne, thanks to its quintessential French lifestyle, with beautiful rolling countryside, great sense of history and heritage, beautiful villages and excellent food. Formerly known as Perigord, Dordogne is made up of four distinct areas. To the north lies the […]