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15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

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Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

11 unbelievable French laws that exist today

11 unbelievable French laws that exist today

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Did you know serving ketchup at schools – the 'incarnation of Americanism' – is banned, as is calling a pig Napoleon. Find out more weird, strange and funny French laws that exist today.

Turning Parisian: How to use Anglicisms like the French

Turning Parisian: How to use Anglicisms like the French

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Can the Académie Française save the French language from English words? At least they can create Anglicisms and claim the words as their own.

How to educate the French way

How to educate the French way

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There's little room for coddling and praise in French education yet children aim for academic achievement and behave – is the secret the French way to educate?

The truth about Paris no one tells you

The truth about Paris no one tells you

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Paris is known more for being the most romantic city in the world than for its urine-scented streets and dog-eat-dog metro system.

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

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If you're aged 18–28, have your say in ThinkYoung's survey for your chance to win an iPad mini or a Spotify Premium three-months voucher!

Practical French vocabulary: Chez le coiffeur

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Even fluent French speakers sometimes have to ask: Comment dit-on…? Our French teacher gives you practical vocabulary for getting your hair done in France.

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

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Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

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Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.

22 New Year's resolutions every expat should cross off

22 New Year's resolutions every expat should cross off

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As an expat it's more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

An expat wife: Why rituals are important for expat families

An expat wife: Why rituals are important for expat families

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Maria Foley explains why family rituals are so important for giving expats some much-needed familiarity and a sense of belonging, particularly during festivities.

Letters from the Loire: New Year's in France

Letters from the Loire: New Year's in France

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Teresa Dolan looks at French New Year traditions, presents a typical French New Year's menu and prepares a few treats.

Expatica wishes you a merry multicultural holiday

Expatica wishes you a merry multicultural holiday

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There's no better time to mix the best of our cultural traditions than at Christmas. The Expatica team shares personal favourite Christmas traditions, as we reflect on the best of Expatica 2015.

The Mobile Life: Why I want 'European' nationality

The Mobile Life: Why I want 'European' nationality

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Europe is about incorporating diverse cultural values, free movement and sharing ideas – would you vote for 'European' nationality?

The quirkiest French expressions (and how to use them)

The quirkiest French expressions (and how to use them)

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A French person won’t comment on your 'broken French' but they’ll let you know you speak French 'like a Spanish cow'.

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