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Goodbye Mademoiselle

Goodbye MademoiselleFrance is officially dropping mademoiselle from the marital status of women. Women will no longer be required to state whether they are a mademoiselle (unmarried) or a madame (married).

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Little England

Little englandThis new, 12-part series for ITV1 takes a peek into the lives of British ex-pats who have taken the plunge and moved to the Dordogne in the South West of France - turning it into a region now known locally as 'Dordogneshire'.

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New rules mean it will be easier and cheaper to travel to France with pets

Pet PassportNew rules which will come in to effect in January mean that it will be easier and cheaper to bring your dog or other pet to France ...

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The best of British TV arrives in France as BBC Worldwide launches global BBC iPlayer app

iplayerBBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, invites audiences across Western Europe to become immersed with award-winning British TV programming with the launch of the new global BBC iPlayer app, available exclusively on iPad. The app will allow millions of Brits living abroad to experience the pleasure of home away from home through a rich archive of classic and contemporary British programmes.

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U Turn on tax for holiday home owners

habitationThe controversial plan to tax second home owners in France has been scrapped after just a few weeks.

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Teabags or travel insurance?

travel insurance The Foreign Office urges travellers to reassess their priorities when visiting friends and family overseas as packing items such as teabags are considered before taking out travel insurance ...

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Holiday home owners in France face new tax

property taxBrits owning second homes in France could be hit by a new property tax under proposals announced by the French government. The new tax could find holiday home owners having to stump up 20% of their property's annual rental value in the new tax...

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France contemplates the future of nuclear power

Anti Nuclear Demonstrators in Paris, Photo taken on: March 20th, 2011

In the aftermath of the Fukushima tragedy in Japan, France is to run safety checks on all of its Nuclear reactors. Public confidence in nuclear power is at an all time low in France sparking fierce debate as to the country's reliance on the nuclear industry ...

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Japanese Radiation Cloud due over France

Radiation CloudThe first particles of radiation expelled from the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan are due to arrive over France in the next day or so...

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No need to rush back to Britain to make your voice heard!

Photo Copyright Phillip BrambleOn Thursday 5 May, many British citizens living abroad will have the opportunity to vote in the first UK-wide referendum in 35 years. But they need to act now, says the Electoral Commission, the independent UK elections watchdog...

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Pets can no longer be excluded from holiday rentals in France

petsThe French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) has ruled that it is illegal for owners of holiday rentals to ban pets after a French consumer association invoked a 1970 law which had previously only applied to long term rentals...

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Paris: One killed & ten injured after jumping from window to flee the Devil

A four month old baby was killed and ten people injured in France after leaping from a second floor window to escape the Devil. The incident happened in an apartment building in La Verriere a suburb outside of Paris.

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A quarter of France's petrol stations run dry

french protestsAround 25 percent of petrol pumps in France have run dry and every oil refinery has been blockaded as protesters step up the pressure over pension reforms. The worst hit areas are Northern and Western France and unions have called for another two days of action...

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French strikes cause petrol shortages

France protests retirement age changesMotorists in France have been warned not to panic buy fuel after eight out of twelve of the country's oil refineries began a second day of strike action...

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British Expat forces DVLA to rethink policy on foreign-registered vehicles

A British ex-patriate, whose Spanish-registered vehicle was unlawfully impounded by the Northamptonshire Police, has won the backing of the European Commission and forced the UK authorities to issue new guidelines to the DVLA and British police forces...

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Forget Jaws but watch out for the crocs & Flipper

Salt water crocodileBeaches on the French side of the English Channel were closed to swimmers this week after several people reported seeing a large crocodile swimming around boats in the French port of Boulogne-sur-Mer...

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Parisian boob job

A man in Paris has fallen victim to two young women thieves at a cash point in Paris. The man had just entered in his pin number when the women bared their breasts causing the man to be be severely distracted...

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France tears down Roma camps

Roma campsFrench authorities have dismantled over 40 illegal Roma camps in a crackdown during the last two weeks. Most of the camps house Roma (gypsy) immigrants who come mainly from Romania and Bulgaria.

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Body of famous French chef found in freezer

Jean-Francois PoinardA French woman has admitted to killing her boyfriend and hiding his body in a chest freezer for 2 years. The body of famous French chef Jean-Francois Poinard was discovered in the freezer after his girlfriend Guylene Collober aged 51 told his daughter that 'something unfortunate' had happened to him.

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French Police accused of racial intolerance and brutality

Police evictionsFrench police have been accused of using extreme force and brutality on women and children who were protesting against their earlier eviction from a block of flats in Paris where they had set up home (with video)...

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Dover to Calais from just £2 per person

Port d'Erquy in BrittanyPO Ferries special foot passenger summer promotion has launched! Until the 30th of September foot passengers can travel from Dover to Calais for as little as £2!!

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