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IF you have seen white, candyfloss like webs high in pine trees, keep a watchful eye on the ground for the pine processionary caterpillar. It is at this time of year that the caterpillars head to woodland floors in search of a place to pupate and it is when you... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at This French Life
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WILLING volunteers are invited to attend an open meeting of the comité des fêtes in Loubéjac this Friday 20 April. Preparations are underway for the first event of the year, a day of clay pigeon shooting at the end of May, but you will also find out a little more... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at This French Life
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AN evening of choral music is open to all when the Chorale de Villefranche-du-Périgord welcomes Les Chœurs d'Artichauts (above) to the village. A wide variety of songs will be performed by the two choirs on Saturday 28 April, starting at 20h30 in the foyer rural. It is free entry and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at This French Life
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ENJOY the opportunity to discover a glass of wine, or taste some local farm produce, at a Foire aux Vins in Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm on Tuesday 1 May. The village salle des fêtes will be hosting the event throughout the day, with a chance to have a bite to eat at lunchtime,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at This French Life
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JOCELYN (Franck Dubosc) is a successful businessman, selfish and misogynist. He tries to seduce a pretty, young woman by pretending to be handicapped, till the day she presents him her sister in a wheelchair. The film showing, in French, takes place in the foyer rural of Villefranche-du-Périgord on Friday 27... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at This French Life
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THE popular spring fair in Villefranche-du-Perigord will take place on Tuesday 8 May, with around 80 stall holders set to attend. Expect many local treats to entice the taste buds, and as is fitting for this time of year many flower sellers will be on hand with plants and seedlings... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at This French Life
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THE Filature de Belvès will host craft workers and provide special workshops as part of the Journées européennes des métiers d’art. Belvès will be drawing on the theme of knitting and thread as part of its celebration, with the former textile factory open on Saturday 7 April and Sunday 8... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at This French Life
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SPRING flowers and classical music are on offer this weekend at the Café L'Ecole at the salle des fêtes in Loubejac. On Friday 6 April you can head over for a laid back music jam from 18h, where a little aperitif and some light meals can be enjoyed. The on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at This French Life
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AFTER the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at This French Life
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BE warned, if you take your dog for a walk on the streets of Périgueux and fail to pick up its poo then you face a fine of 68 euros. The local council has had enough of cleaning the streets, with highways staff picking up around 100 kg of poo... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at This French Life
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BOTH Périgueux and Bergerac are set to share a five billion euro pot alongside more than 200 other towns as part of the Action cœur de ville project launched by the government. The project is designed to improve accommodation and commerce options in town centres, with the money made available... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at This French Life
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A SPECIAL exhibition and series of events will take place at the museum of prehistory in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac to mark the discovery of the bones of Cro-Magnon man 150 years ago. In March 1868 the discovery of the bones of a number of men and women shook the scientific world... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at This French Life
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THE headquarters of the Dordogne gendarmes will be open to the public this Wednesday as it hosts a ceremony of remembrance for Lieutenant-colonel Arnaud Beltrame, who died last Friday in the hostage situation in Trèbes, near Carcassonne. Wednesday will also see a special ceremony in Paris, undertaken by President Macron... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at This French Life
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IF you are interested in learning a little more about the small stone cabanes dotted around the local countryside then head to Monpazier later this week. A talk titled Les Cabanes en Pierres Seches will take place at the Médiathèque de Monpazier, presented by Jacques Crouzel and Jean-Marc Caron, who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at This French Life
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THE always popular Easter fête in Sauveterre la Lemance will welcome the crowds with a wide variety of music, fairground rides and dance this coming weekend. Taking place on the 31 March, the 1 and 2 April there will be a bal musette on Sunday night, with a gospel choir... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at This French Life
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MARKING its eighth year, the Villefranche-du-Périgord amateur theatre festival takes to the stage on Saturday 31 March. Building will be performed by the troop l'Amicale laïque de Cherveix-Cubas, and begins a series of shows over the coming weeks with laughter as their theme. Saturday 14 April: Le Surbook - Les... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at This French Life
The government will today (8 February) restate its commitment to ending the current 15 year time limit on British expats registering as overseas electors. As well as removing a time limit on the right to vote for UK citizens living abroad, the government intends to enfranchise any British expats who... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 9, 2018 at This French Life
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MANY people in the Dordogne will have woken this morning to a centimetre or two of snow, as winter takes a bite before its time is up. Here in Loubéjac the snow began falling late evening and by the morning a still, white blanket covered the ground, with few people... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at This French Life
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THE charming town of Mêle-sur-Sarthe, Normandy, is in crisis with dairy and livestock prices having fallen due to a flood of imports many farmers are threatened with bankruptcy. Mayor Georges Balbuzard (François Cluzet, The Intouchables and The Country Doctor) does his best to fight and raise awareness of their plight,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at This French Life
IT is still quiet at this time of year here in the Dordogne, but if you need to drop in on the tourism office in Villefranche-du-Périgord then it is open from 10 February. The office, found on the main Rue Notre Dame, is open Tuesday to Friday from 10h to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at This French Life
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DRIVERS in France have been warned that it is illegal to use mobile phones in their vehicles even if they have pulled over and turned their hazard lights on at the side of the road. The Court of Appeal has ruled that drivers are still 'in circulation' even if they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at This French Life
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FRENCH public holidays for 2018 are set to favour the workers over the bosses as many days off take place close to the weekend this year. One advantage of the long weekends is that they should help boost tourism numbers especially if the weather plays nice and the sun shines.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at This French Life
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THE number of people suffering from flu conditions is at epidemic levels across many regions of France. The latest report from health authorities, Santé Publique France, shows that eight regions of France are currently at epidemic levels of illness, while four are showing pre-epidemic results. More than 3,200 people ended... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at This French Life
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THE Dordogne authorities are to press local mayors to give a full address to homes and properties to help the emergency services and la poste locate buildings. France Bleu Périgord reports that many corners of the Dordogne do not have a full address of a number and a name for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at This French Life
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A WALKER out in the countryside on Saturday afternoon, 16 December, has been accidentally shot dead by a hunter who was out tracking down sanglier. The 59-year-old man died at the scene, in the village of Taulignan in south east France, despite the efforts of local emergency services. The hunter,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at This French Life