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IT is never very easy to capture the deer local to Loubejac on camera, but when you spot five just off the road side in the low light of early evening you have to give it a try. The last of the five had just sprung across the road in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at This French Life
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LOUBEJAC went to the polls yesterday, like the rest of France, in the first round of the presidential election and like the rest of the country backed Emmanuel Macron. But also like the rest of France, Marine Le Pen took second place in front of the two other leading figures... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at This French Life
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ENJOY some of the musical classics of France with the vocal/piano duo, Joce, set to perform at the salle des fêtes in Campagnac-les-Quercy on Saturday 29 April. The concert starts at 21h and tickets are priced 10€, with free entry to those aged under 12. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at This French Life
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THE neighbouring département of Lot-et-Garonne has been placed on a high-risk of forest and vegetation fires due to the recent dry conditions. It is a rare occurrence for April, but the region's fire personnel are on alert as the lack of rain, and high winds, has raised awareness of the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at This French Life
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AS Members of Parliament in the UK vote to hold a General Election on June 8, many British citizens in France look set to lose out on their own chance to vote. British voters who have been in France for more than 15 years will not be able to head... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at This French Life
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MEDIEVAL comedy and high jinks will be bounding along the streets of Villefranche-du-Périgord as the annual spring fair hosts a special guest. Janouille la Fripouille has made his escape from Monflanquin to join the locals and visitors at the fair taking place in the village on Monday 8 May. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at This French Life
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BRITISH drivers in France, and elsewhere in Europe, face the risk of fines following them back home should they be caught undertaking certain driving offences. New EU rules are set to come into force from 6 May that provides European authorities with the power to chase British motorists for fines... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at This French Life
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CLAIRE (Catherine Frot) is a midwife in a maternity hospital. She is humane and helpful and gives herself entirely to her patients. But her life is not a bed of roses for all that. Her maternity ward is about to close its doors and the devoted woman is determined not... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at This French Life
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POSTERS featuring the 11 presidential candidates for the forthcoming elections in France are now staring down upon people across the country. Found on large, metal presentation boards outside mairies and in other public spaces, the posters feature a photograph of each candidate and their campaign slogans. Here the small mairie... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at This French Life
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CYCLING fans should head to Villefranche-du-Périgord on Sunday 30 April, when a race through the bastides and woods of the area takes place. The 21st Tour du Périgord will see more than 100 cyclists take on a 154 km course around the local villages of Villefranche and Besse, as well... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at This French Life
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IF you have an interest in how the chestnut industry in the region operates, head over to Mazyrolles at the end of the month to find out more. Le Printemps de la Châtaigne is open to visitors on Saturday 29 April, between 9h and 17h, and takes place at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at This French Life
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A TIGHTENING of the rules on burning garden waste has been introduced by the Dordogne préfecture, with the risk of a heavy fine hanging over transgressors. The new rules bring a complete ban on the burning of garden waste between 1 March and 30 September. In the past restrictions could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at This French Life
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THE story of the three bishops. or les trois évêques, meeting at a small water source in Lavaur is the type of tale that would surely inspire any writer of fantasy novels. In the past the bishops of the old regions of Quercy, l’Agenais and Périgord would meet and share... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 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 15, 16 and 17 April there will be a disco on the Saturday night, with a bal musette on Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at This French Life
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NOW in its seventh year, the Villefranche-du-Périgord amateur theatre festival takes to the stage on Saturday April 22. Le choix du roi will be performed by the troop Coup de Théâtre, and begins a series of shows over the coming weeks with humour and laughter as their theme. Saturday 29... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at This French Life
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IN the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at This French Life
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IT is now compulsory for children under-12 when cycling with an adult to wear a helmet, including when a child is sat on a seat on the back of a bicycle. Adults face a fine of €90 otherwise, and helmets with the CE quality mark are required bearing the NF... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at This French Life
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IF you are keen to get involved in local events in Villefranche-du-Périgord then the comité des fêtes is set to reform and is looking for volunteers. In recent years a number of events have taken place in the village, but these have often been organised by the mairie, but now... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at This French Life
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IT seems likely that some ares of south west France will face water restrictions in the summer months after the failure of the winter rains to refill water courses. Sud Ouest reports that regions such as Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime have seen half as much rainfall as normal, with the Dordogne... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at This French Life
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DURING the quieter winter months Bergerac Airport has been building a covered car parking area, and on top of it has been placed a large number of solar panels. The promotions team at Bergerac Airport has taken a photograph of the panels across the parking bays and there is likely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at This French Life
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STRONG winds battered the Dordogne throughout Sunday and Monday causing extensive damage to buildings, power cuts as well as sparking a fire in local woodland. Winds of up to 90km/h blew across the département, with an electricity cable torn from a pylon close to Mazeyrolles causing 15 hectares of woodland... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at This French Life
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Florence is a school teacher devoted to her students. When she meets little Sasha, a troubled child, she will do everything possible to save him, even if she abandons her life as a mother or a woman and even calls into question her vocation. Florence will realise little by little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at This French Life
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FRENCH public holidays for 2017 are set to favour the workers over the bosses as many days off take place either before or after 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at This French Life
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THE fight is on to save the La Poste office in Villefranche-du-Périgord after notice was given that its opening hours will be reduced. Bosses at La Poste have said that the office will close on Monday afternoon, it was already closed in the morning, but local mayors and villagers are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at This French Life
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A MAP of the summer 2017 flight destinations from Bergerac Airport has been published. Regular flights to the Dordogne for the summer holiday period will be available from many cities in the UK, operated by Ryanair, Flybe, Jet2 and British Airways (infilled circles mark services). Flights to Bruxelles-Charleroi and Amsterdam... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at This French Life