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Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

French beauty tips

French beauty: How to perfect the 'French look' and allure

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French beauty revolves around optimising a woman's allure in an imperfect and seemingly effortless way. Find your French style with these French beauty secrets – from Parisian locals.

The French dress code

The French dress code

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All you need to know about the French dress code: never wear shorts and leave the sweatpants where they belong – at home.

Angry French

How to annoy the French

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If you really want to annoy the French just mention you're a vegetarian or practise your poor French with them, says French native Morgane Croissant.

23 signs you’re a serial expat

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'

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Several years later and you're still on the move abroad... are you addicted to expat life? If these telltale signs are true, it's time to admit you're a serial expat.

False facts: Top 10 misconceptions about France

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The French government has had enough – it puts an end to common French falsehoods by proving that top French stereotypes have no basis in reality.

Quick tips to French business etiquette you should know

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Never underestimate the value of French business culture – you could be making a fool of yourself without even knowing it.

French gift ideas

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.

Live abroad

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad

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The expat lifestyle can be challenging on international families – but is that good or bad? Read why everyone should consider moving their family abroad.

French stereotypes

Top French stereotypes we should stop believing

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French men are rude but good lovers while French women are hot but don't use deodorant – is there any truth to the top French stereotypes?

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?

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Home-exchange sites have been increasing in popularity, drawing people keen to taste life in another part of the world but not so keen to pay high hotel prices.

Romantic words

101 cute, romantic and obscure French terms of endearment

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What's the French word for love? When it comes to cute and romantic French terms of endearment, the French get pretty obscure – and a bit raunchy.

Move abroad with children

Geneva family diaries: Understanding coping mechanisms of expat kids

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The way children cope with moving abroad can range from anger and tantrums to silence or tears – but it's important not to not mislabel these emotions, says coach Tammy Furey.

Tips for the male accompanying spouse

What to do when you're the male trailing spouse

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Do you have your 'elevator speech' ready for the dreaded question: 'What do you do?'

Funny French laws

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.



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