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Made-in-France cornichons make a comeback

No plate of charcuterie or paté would be complete without the cornichon, but most cornichon lovers would be surprised to learn that the tangy green garnish was probably grown in India. But French cornichons are making a comeback.  Over the…

The Local, Oct 14

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Renesting in France - Seminar and Tours

By Renestance When I first landed in France, with my suitcases and two cats, that was the sum total of what I owned and whom I knew in my new home. I had a job and did speak passable French, (don’t feel too sorry for me), but I had way more questions…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 29

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Carte grise changes go online - only

From November anyone wanting a carte grise car registration document, or to tell…

The Connexion, Sep 23

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What to do in an emergency in France

The recent fires prompted several questions on Facebook, about what to do in an…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 15

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Finally, no more ultra-thin models in France

Not before time, French owned fashion houses such as Christian Dior and Saint Laurent…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 8

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France to host the Morpheus Cup, in 2018

"What’s the Morpheus Cup?”, I hear you ask.  The only one of its…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 18

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Hiring a car and driving in France

Many of us who live here, encourage visitors to hire a car, because if you’re…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 12

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Amazing mosaics found in ruins of Roman…

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a luxurious 5th-century Roman palace…

rfi English, Aug 5

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Unravel the mystery of words for clothing

Géraldine, from Comme use Française TV, has made a short video to…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 5

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Joy and sadness at twin panda birth

Pandas are notoriously hard to breed. Twin panda cubs were born in the Beauval zoo…

The Connexion, Aug 5

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School holiday dates for 2018/19 revealed

Holiday dates for the school year 2018/19 have been released by the Ministry of…

The Connexion, Jul 29

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How to SMS in French

Have you ever received a text in French with abbreviations that you didn’t…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 7

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What changes in France in July 2017

A range of rules change on July 1, from eco-labels on cars to claiming French pensions…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 30

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How to snack (or not) like a French person

Snacking in France has its own set of rules, writes Jackie McGeown. 1. Snacking…

The Local, Jun 17

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What you need to know about the French elections

Here are key facts you need to know about the upcoming elections in France, including…

The Local, Jun 10

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What changes about life in France from June…

The beginning of the month signals a new raft of changes in France, some may even…

The Local, Jun 3

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Ryanair wins battle over social charges

Budget airline Ryanair has won its 10-year battle with French authorities as the…

The Connexion, Apr 29

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Are these the most maddening words in the…

In honour of French language week, here's a look at a list of words that will keep…

The Local, Apr 22

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What changes in France from March 2017

As with every new month in France, March 1st brings with it some minor changes to…

The Local, Mar 4

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Tips for getting French nationality (from…

It's not an easy process, so here are some wise words from Brits in France who have…

The Local, Feb 18

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Le Canard Enchainé

With its old-school layout, unwieldy pages and heavy doses of slapstick humour,…

The Local, Feb 10

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What changes in France from February 2017

With the new month comes several new laws and price hikes that will affect life…

The Local, Feb 4

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The French are not rude, it's a misunderstanding

Rudeness is often considered by the rest of the world to be as typically French…

The Local, Jan 21

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Everything you need to know about the winter…

Here come the winter soldes - and here's what you should know.  For most of…

The Local, Jan 7

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Towns and villages go pesticide-free

Many readers will be very pleased to hear that since the new year local authorities…

The Connexion, Jan 7

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Everything that changes from January 2017

January 1st is often a time for change and in France it’s no different with…

The Local, Dec 31

La France

The dishes that make a real French Christmas…

Want to do Christmas like the French? Here's some inspiration. The culinary highlight…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 17

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“Extra supermoon” on Monday

We’re about to see a record-breaking supermoon - the biggest in nearly 70…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 11

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‘P****n! My arms are falling off!’

Many people in France woke up on Wednesday to express surprise at the news that…

The Connexion, Nov 11

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Fifteen of the most bizarre laws in France

There's no doubt France, like most countries, has its own share of seemingly crazy…

The Local, Oct 29

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The retail experience

By Ronnie Smith  I’ve spent a lot of time recently considering the ways…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 21

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Tax - mistakes and how to spot them

Spot mistakes in local tax bill Readers have been writing in about increases in…

The Connexion, Oct 21

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Vets' bills under watchdog spotlight

The cost of veterinarian care for animals varies wildly from clinic to clinic, according…

The Connexion, Oct 14

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Don't miss your upcoming tax deadlines

The deadline for paying your income tax bill may have passed but there are other…

The Local, Oct 7

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See-through clothes and bad taste

As a hugely eventful Paris fashion week - overshadowed by the robbery of $10 million…

The Local, Oct 7

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Sexism at the wheel

Sexism at the wheel: France wants more women drivers The senate has published…

The Local, Oct 1

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Return to the Calais jungle

by Katrina Allen  I recently went back to the Calais Jungle as a volunteer…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 9

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Le participe passé

On a par with the complicated subjunctive tense, the participle passé can…

Géraldine Lepère, Aug 27

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How French are you?

How many of these can you tick off? You know "salut" means both "hello" and "goodbye"…

The Local, Aug 13

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20 English words that 'should be banished'

A new book is calling on the people of France to do away with 100 English words…

The Local, Aug 13

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More French expressions

Géraldine Lepère is helping us with some nice expressions which make…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 6

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Island Time - Part Two

by John Pekich Last week we left John contemplating the beauty of Île Ste-Marguerite,…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 15

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Island Time - Part One

Island Time by John Pekich The pace is slower, thoughts have more time to develop,…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 9

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Phrases and songs you'll need for Euro 2016

France play Portugal on Sunday night, and you're going to need to know what to yell…

The Local, Jul 9

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What will change from July 2016?

The beginning of the month signals a new raft of changes in France, some may even…

The Local, Jul 2

La France

Britain and France mark 100 years since…

On Friday Britain and France marked 100 years since their troops fought and died…

The Local, Jul 2

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Joyeuse Fête des Pères !

It’s Father’s Day. Oops, did you forget? Father’s Day is celebrated…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 18

La France

How to say 'OUCH' in French (and ten other…

Onomatopoeia is the written version of a sound - think 'ssh', 'ouch' or 'bang'.…

The Local, Jun 4

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The Kid (Le Gamin)

We have another story about boules this week, by John Pekich, who wrote…

LanguedocLiving, May 28

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Where is the Ceiling? Part two

Languedoc Living reader John Pekich has described his attempts to learn French.…

LanguedocLiving, May 14

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The troubles of moving to France as an American

Picking up your whole life and moving it to a foreign country is never easy, but…

The Local, May 14

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Where is the Ceiling? Part one

Languedoc Living reader John Pekich has described his attempts to learn French.…

LanguedocLiving, May 6

La France

Happy May Day

May Day is also known as the Fête du Travail (Labour Day).  It is a bank…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 30

La France

Crazy French numbers!

Where did those pesky "four-twenty-ten-nine" numbers come from? And will they ever…

The Local, Apr 23

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Should you be paying taxes in France?

By Nicole Hammond, Renestance Did you know that you are required to complete…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 9

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Bizarre stories that aren't April Fools

Friday was April Fools' Day, which is when you should treat some things you…

The Local, Apr 1

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Flying bells and other Easter celebrations

“Flying bells” and an omelette big enough for an army - France has some…

The Local, Mar 25

La France

Academie Francaise in a spin

'English words are invading French like never before'  Moliere will be turning…

The Local, Mar 17

La France

Selling a car? Don’t get caught out.

If you decide to sell your car on the open market rather than trading it in for…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 11

La France

Confusing verbs

Are you confused about some French verbs? What’s the difference between conaitre…

Géraldine Lepère, Mar 11

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€1 million to 'reassure' worried tourists

France announced plans to inject €1 million into a social media campaign aimed…

The Local, Mar 11

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French punctuation

This week, Géraldine is helping us through the minefield of French punctuation.…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 19

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How 2,400 French words get a spelling makeover

In a bid to simplify the French language, the ministry of education has reminded…

The Local, Feb 5

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Don't get caught out

This week, Géraldine Lepère is talking about French adjectives used…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 22

La France

From Russia with love….

From Russia with Love, by train of course! By Chris Elliott.  From the introduction…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 22

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Socialising… or something

By Rachel Caldecott-Thornton.   Just as the French can be imperfect and full…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 16

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French language mistakes - good for a laugh?

By Rachel Caldecott-Thornton Let’s face it, French isn’t an easy language.…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 8

La France

2015: France's best moments

2015 was undoubtedly a difficult year for France. But there were many positives…

The Local, Dec 31

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2015 is the year that France will want to…

It wasn’t just the two terror attacks that bookended the year 2015, there…

The Local, Dec 31

La France

End of the year railway reflections

For all you train buffs out there, Chris Elliott has put together an article with…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 24

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French pompiers: smoking hot?

French pompiers (firefighters) have caught everyone’s attention. Thanks to…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 11

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Je pense, donc je suis

French people just love to debate. Sometimes it looks scary, friends turn on each…

Géraldine Lepère, Dec 11

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Paris by AA Lil

We’ve had a few tributes to Paris this week after the dreadful events on the…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 21

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Black Friday

This poem about Paris was written by Robin Bower. The thirteenthIt’s black…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 21

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Dirty Grammar

Géraldine Lepère has recorded an advanced lesson about how to sound…

Géraldine Lepère, Nov 6

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La Toussaint

On the 31st October, Catholics celebrate Toussaint, or All Saints. On Sunday, it’s…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 30

La France

Still struggling with French?

Are you living here in France, and still struggling with the language? Do you sit…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 21

La France

There but for the grace of God… part 2

By Rachel Caldecott-Thornton 2015 It wasn’t without a certain amount of trepidation…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 16

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School dinners are dividing France

A pork-free option for school dinners is being scrapped. Is this religious intolerance?…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 16

La France

Allez les blues!

The normal use of ALLER is the verb ‘to go’, or it’s used…

Géraldine Lepère, Oct 10

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Fun colloquial expressions

This week, Géraldine is back with some colloquial expressions with numbers.…

Géraldine Lepère, Oct 2

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Weird and surprising places in France

If you’ve already seen the Eiffel Tower and Mont Saint Michel and are looking…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 23

La France

Science in French

By Géraldine Lepère   Salut ! This is an episode I’ve been…

Géraldine Lepère, Sep 18

La France

A migrant's view

By Rachel Caldecott-Thornton   There but for the grace of God, go I Many of…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 10

La France

Pet passport rule enforcement

The officials at Calais are getting more strict about pets passports. A minor change…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 10

La France

The dreaded 'on'

‘Nous’ or ‘On’?  You may not have learnt this in school,…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 5

La France

Plants or solar panels on all new rooftops

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels A law…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 5

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Anyone for tennis? – part two

Le Jeu des Rois et le Roi des Jeux, Real Tennis/Jeu de Paume – Part 2 By Katrina…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 21

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French booze less but spend more on alcohol

French drinking habits are changing according to a new study that revealed the health…

The Local, Aug 17

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French Idioms Part 1

For fun, here are some great French idioms. Thank you Naurika, Languedoc Living…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 14

La France

Totally Fêted

Judith Stafford, Languedoc Living reader, has written an article about the joys…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 14

La France

A Talgo train

Recently, one of our readers asked if we could identify the early morning Spanish…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 7

La France

French markets demystified

Géraldine takes the mystery out of French markets. If you’re new to…

Géraldine Lepère, Aug 1

La France

Tenez, anyone for tennis?

Le Jeu des Rois et le Roi des Jeux, Real Tennis/Jeu de Paume by Katrina Allen. So,…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 1

La France

Towards the end of the notorious French…

Everyone who has ever worked in France will have commented on the extraordinarily…

The Local, Aug 1

La France

Le quatorze juillet

Tuesday 14th was Bastille Day, or as the French call it ‘le quatorze juillet’.…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 17

La France

Géraldine's favourite books

Géraldine is back this week, on top form, and talking about her favourite…

Géraldine Lepère, Jul 2

La France

Funny regional rivalries in France

Name wars, where does the North start?  Should you ask for pain au chocolat…

Géraldine Lepère, Jun 19

La France

Les grandes vacances

It’ll be summer soon and summer in France means… les grandes vacances…

Géraldine Lepère, Jun 12

La France

Women do bulk of housework in France

Women in France still do the bulk of the housework and most men wouldn’t know…

The Local, Jun 12

La France

How to appreciate food like a French native

Géraldine Lepère has made a great video explaining some of the language…

Géraldine Lepère, Jun 5

La France

Language learning in the digital age

This article was written by Languedoc Living reader, Ian Shutes. Ian has reviewed…

Reader, May 29

La France

Getting to Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris welcomes over 30 million visitors each year. They marvel at Le Louvre, la…

Géraldine Lepère, May 29

La France

French school reforms: Why the almighty…

The French government’s planned education reforms aimed at ending growing…

The Local, May 20

La France

Shame on you, Cannes

This week in Cannes, women were prevented from walking on the red carpet and entering…

LanguedocLiving, May 20

La France

French Folklore – La Petite Souris

Like much of Europe, there’s a tradition of children receiving money or a…

LanguedocLiving, May 16

La France

Fête du Muguet

May the 1st – everything shuts down in France for the 1st of May – the…

LanguedocLiving, May 1

La France

Manger les pissenlits par la racine

No, this isn’t another dandelion recipe. Une figure de style is a euphemism.…

Géraldine Lepère, Apr 24

La France

Plus – with or without the S!

This is such a classic pronunciation question. People make so many common mistakes…

Géraldine Lepère, Apr 17

La France

French slang words for dosh

In France, we don’t talk about money but we have lots of words to say “money”.…

Géraldine Lepère, Apr 11

La France

The eclipse

On Friday 20th March, there will be a partial solar eclipse in Europe. The moon…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 14

La France

Dealing with grief

Maryse Wolinski's husband of 45 years was a cartoonist before he was killed in the…

BBC News, Mar 13

La France

Office customs

If you’ve just started a new job in an office (une boite) in France, you’ll…

Géraldine Lepère, Mar 13

La France

“Les paroles s’envolent mais les écrits…

Géraldine from Comme Une Française talks about how to remove 50% of…

Géraldine Lepère, Mar 4

La France

Great expressions to impress

Géraldine from Comme Une Française teaches us a few everyday French…

Géraldine Lepère, Feb 28

La France

Common Mistakes in French

Géraldine from Comme Une Française explains a few classic mistakes…

Géraldine Lepère, Feb 20

La France

French hotels declare war on AirBnB

French hoteliers have taken action against holiday accommodation options such as…

The Local, Feb 14

La France

Cross-border speeding fines

Drivers from Denmark, Ireland and the UK will no longer have exemption from law…

European Voice, Feb 13

La France

Weak euro is a 'damn good thing' for expats

While a weak euro might not suit everyone, not least those moving home with savings,…

The Local, Feb 13

La France

St-Valentin

Saturday is Valentine’s day. Here are some non-cheesy messages to write on…

Géraldine Lepère, Feb 13

La France

Confusing French expressions

Lots of French expressions are confusing when translated literally from French to…

Géraldine Lepère, Feb 6

La France

New Mobile Friendly Version of Languedoc…

We are very pleased to announce that we have launched a new version of the Languedoc…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 31

La France

Quand les poules auront des dents

Géraldine from Comme Une Francaise features some great colloquial…

Géraldine Lepère, Jan 24

La France

Unlimited travel for €60 a month

TRAIN users have been offered a €60 a month season ticket that gives “unlimited…

The Connexion, Jan 30

La France

How to thank someone in French

Géraldine from Comme Une Francaise gives us some advice about how to thank…

Géraldine Lepère, Jan 24

La France

How to buy makeup in France

Géraldine from Comme Une Francaise gives us some helpful advice about how…

Géraldine Lepère, Jan 14

La France

Tout le monde est touché

This week we are playing an emotionally charged video from Géraldine Lepère…

Géraldine Lepère, Jan 9

La France

SNCF to hike train prices in January

Languedoc Living reader Chris Elliott (author of ‘The Lost Railway Lines of…

Reader, Jan 9

La France

What changed in France on January 1st?

As France has just rung in the new year, The Local offers readers a glimpse of what…

The Local, Jan 2

La France

The French language's fixation with 'les…

The French are known to for their stubborn attempts to keep English out of their…

The Local, Jan 2

La France

France’s military brothels

France’s military brothels: Hidden history of the First World War Prostitution…

France 24, Dec 27

La France

More and more French resell their Christmas…

Shamelessly, the French no longer hesitate to resell on the internet disappointing…

rfi English, Dec 27

La France

le Réveillon

Here are just a few ways the Christmas period in France may be just a little different……

The Connexion, Dec 27

La France

Surviving Christmas

This week, Géraldine offers some advice about what to expect in France over…

Géraldine Lepère, Dec 27

La France

Why is drink-driving still 'acceptable'…

As the party season arrives, please be careful on the roads. New figures released…

The Local, Dec 19

La France

Break the bread, not the rules

This week, Géraldine talks about the sacred rules of bread, and all the unwritten…

Géraldine Lepère, Dec 13

La France

Franglais ou Frenglish?

This delightful story was written by Languedoc Living reader Linda Thomson.…

Reader, Dec 12

La France

How French women have changed in last 30…

How have the lives of French women changed in the last 30 years? For its 30th anniversary,…

The Local, Dec 6

La France

A la Saint-Glinglin and other idioms

Most languages have a variety of colourful idioms – typical phrases that…

The Connexion, Dec 6

La France

How to ask a yes/no question

This week, Géraldine offers some advice on asking questions in French.…

Géraldine Lepère, Dec 6

La France

Pardon my French

Have you ever read posts or watched videos recommending you to use Putain and Merde…

Géraldine Lepère, Nov 22

La France

The hairy men

Géraldine explains some phrases used about WW1. ‘Les poilus’…

Géraldine Lepère, Nov 12

La France

We shall not sleep

Extracts from www.greatwar.co.uk In Flanders Fields (or We Shall Not Sleep)by John…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 8

La France

How to make a toast in France

Toasting in all countries is full of customs and superstitions. It’s a tradition…

Géraldine Lepère, Nov 8

La France

Senior Rail Cards

To buy or not to buy, that is the question and this time the debate is over the…

Reader, Nov 8

La France

Winter fuel payment

Expats in ‘tropical’ France denied winter fuel payment. This article…

The Times, Nov 8

La France

La Toussaint

This Saturday is la Toussaint, which in France means that it’s a day to remember…

Géraldine Lepère, Oct 30

La France

How to rent out a second home in France…

The French property market has changed significantly in recent years, leading to…

The Local, Oct 20

La France

Classic expat mistakes

Géraldine from Comme une Française talks about more classic expat…

Géraldine Lepère, Oct 18

La France

7 types of French friends

Géraldine from Comme une Française talks about making friends…

Géraldine Lepère, Oct 10

La France

How to say 'I have to leave'

Géraldine from Comme une Française has some top language…

Géraldine Lepère, Oct 3

La France

Un coup

The word “coup” means “knock” or “blow” . Here…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 19

La France

Don't push granny in the nettles!

Today, Géraldine Lepère is teaching us about 5 funny French colloquial…

Géraldine Lepère, Sep 11

La France

French kissing

Géraldine has some tips about how to kiss in France, and some advice about…

Géraldine Lepère, Sep 6

La France

French expressions part 1

Here are some great french expressions. Drop these into your conversation to guarantee…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 1

La France

When is it OK to be late ?

Géraldine offers some really valuable advice about when it’s OK to…

Géraldine Lepère, Aug 29

La France

France: Rural idyll or backwater hell?

For Languedoc Living, it's a rural idyll, but it's not necessarily the same for…

The Local, Aug 29

La France

10 ways to say "oui" in france

More valuable tips from Géraldine Lepère.  Expressing nuances…

Géraldine Lepère, Aug 23

La France

Starting a business in France in eight steps

Trying to start a company in France can be as daunting for expats as climbing a…

The Local, Aug 20

La France

What's in a name?

An article by Géraldine Lepère made me think of equivalent English…

Géraldine Lepère, Aug 16

La France

Discounted train tickets

SNCF recently announced half a million extra low-cost tickets over the summer, on…

The Connexion, Aug 15

La France

How to make an emergency call in France

This article was sent to us by Géraldine Lepère from Comme une Française.…

Géraldine Lepère, Aug 8

La France

"The lamps are going out"

"The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 2

La France

The real reason French women have stopped…

According to French Elle, women have stopped sunbathing topless in France. Two French…

The Guardian, Jul 29

La France

How to order coffee in a French café

When you’re in a café in Carcassonne, enjoying a warm summer afternoon…

Géraldine Lepère, Jul 1

La France

Don't blame Napoleon

This article was written by Richard Lewis, and published in Business Insider.  It…

Reader, Jun 17

La France

Licence to…Drive

Written by Elizabeth Stewart, a Languedoc Living reader. In the on-going quest to…

Reader, Jun 17

La France

French expressions that you don't learn…

Here are some French expressions that you don't learn at school. A À…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 9

La France

French tobacco retailers 'deeply shocked'

France is considering a move towards plain packaging for cigarettes and banning…

France 24, Jun 7

La France

The Grand & Solemn Adventure of Writing…

Recently we wrote of an unusual way in which one French town, Capestang in the Herault,…

Geoff Taylor, May 13

La France

What the French really think about Anglos…

Want to know what the French really think about us Anglos but were always too shy…

The Local, Mar 26