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DESPITE protests from many, the legislation covering the reduction in the speed limit from 90 km/h to 80 km/h on routes départementales in France has been published and will come into force from 1 July. Work is already underway to change the 11,000 road signs that will have to be... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at This French Life
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A MAN fantasies about his best friend's new girlfriend. He is willing to throw caution to the wind to fulfill his wildest dreams. The film showing, in French, takes place in the foyer rural of Villefranche-du-Périgord on Friday 29 June from 20h30, with tickets priced 6€. *** Daniel est très... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at This French Life
TO mark the Fête Nationale across France, Villefranche-du-Périgord is hosting a meal, music and a firework display on Friday 13 July. The meal, starting at 20h, is organised by the local rugby club and includes magret de canard and is priced 17€ for adults and 10€ for children. The disco... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at This French Life
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EXPECT a night of loud music and dancing into the early hours as the Villefranche-du-Périgord Bal des Pompiers takes place on Saturday 14 July. Taking place at the fire station in the village, the evening starts at 19h with the chance to enjoy a beer and drinks, as well as... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at This French Life
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A NUMBER artists will be displaying their work on Sunday 15 July in the foyer rural of Villefranche-du-Périgord, here in the southern tip of the Dordogne. Potters, painters and many other artists will be showing off their passion for their work, and explaining to visitors how they make what they... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at This French Life
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WORLD music, jazz and Blues are on the menu for the Fête de la Musique in Villefranche-du-Périgord on Friday 22 June. The Blues trio Vanguy Terra will be playing outside the Café de la Poste at the top of la rue Notre Dame, a little further down close to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at This French Life
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The French National Assembly, which is debating a law that would allow “fake news” to be banned in the pre-election period. (Richard Ying et Tangui Morlier/Wikimedia) By Matthew Fraser, American University of Paris France’s parliament is debating a law that would give the state the power to censor “fake news”.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at This French Life
TORRENTIAL rain and thunderstorms have caused flooding across many areas of the Dordogne, with the region to the west of Périgueux taking a real battering. Homes and other buildings have been flooded, with some properties seeing water levels of 1.5 metres cascading through rooms, whilst roads have been washed away... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at This French Life
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DON'T forget to bring along your musical talent for the Fête de la Musique celebrations in Saint Cernin de l'Herm later this week. Musicians of all types and abilities are invited to attend the get-together being held in the school courtyard in the centre of the village on Friday 15... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at This French Life
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HOME owners around Villefranche-du-Périgord who are looking to adapt their properties with new features that will help those experiencing reduced mobility or health difficulties can receive some free advice next week. A truck from SOLIHA Dordogne-Périgord will be parked up by La Poste in Villefranche-du-Périgord on Thursday 14 June between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at This French Life
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BASED out of Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm, the group Mahaye will be spreading their wings to the Lot on Thursday June 21 to celebrate the fête de la musique. Restaurant Delicatessens in Milhac (46300) will be hosting the group, who play a mix of folk and world music, offering a special meal priced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at This French Life
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FRENCH comedy, Les Municipaux, ces héros, comes to Villefranche this Friday and tells the tale of council workers in a port in south west France. Written and produced by the duo, Les Chevaliers du Fiel (Éric Carrière et Francis Ginibre), they have used their own sketches from stage performances to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at This French Life
The “hammerhead” of Diversibipalium multilineatum. This species can reach 40 centimeters (16 inches) in length. Pierre Gros, CC BY By Jean-Lou Justine, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) – Sorbonne Universités One of the consequences of globalisation and increased international trade in goods is the introduction of invasive species. In France,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at This French Life
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AN evening of moules-frites and music is on offer later this month, set beneath the church at Loubéjac. On Saturday 23 June from 20h, and organised by the comité des fêtes of Loubéjac, you can enjoy the classic French summer dish with a dessert and a drink all included in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at This French Life
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THERE have been human settlements in Besse dating back possibly as far as the Prehistoric age, writes Carol Miers. With iron ore in the ground and wood for charcoal from the nearby forests it later became important for the Celts. The history is partial but certainly when the Romans arrived,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at This French Life
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ENJOY an evening of jazzy swing in the atmospheric setting of the 11th Century church in Besse. Trio Swing Guitar will be bringing their mellow sounds to the village on Friday 8 June from 20h30, with an entrance price of 10 euros (free for under 12s) and a drink offered... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at This French Life
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KEEN to brush up on your pointing or shooting; wondering what a cochonnet or mène are? Then polish up your boules and get along to Villefranche-du-Périgord in a couple of weeks. The concours de pétanque will take place on Saturday 16 June from 19h with the competition open to all... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at This French Life
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A NIGHT of Rock 'n' Roll music is on the menu at this weekend's Café L'Ecole at the salle des fêtes in Loubejac. On Saturday 2 June from 21h Oli & Ze Fuzz will be bringing some rock classics, as well as their own compositions, to the French countryside, and... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at This French Life
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IF you or your guests are heading to the beach this summer then check up on those who have won a prestigious Pavillon Bleu award. The names of the cleanest beaches and marinas in France have been announced, giving them the right to fly the distinctive Pavillon Bleu flag over... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at This French Life
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THE Dordogne authorities and local hunting associations have agreed on the number of larger wild animals that can be hunted for the 2018/19 season. Sud Ouest reports that a minimum of 12,250 sangliers and a maximum of 18,200 can be killed. While for deer the number is a minimum of... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at This French Life
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A WEEKEND of music, fireworks and a vide grenier is on offer at the Prats-du-Périgord fête on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June. The distinctive village will provide a stunning backdrop to the annual fête that opens with a meal, then musette music, fireworks and a disco long into the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at This French Life
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THREE days of festivities are set to take place in Saint Cernin de l'Herm as the village fête will be open to all over a busy weekend of fun. On Friday 8 June the village will open the weekend with a roving bandas touring the streets from around 20h, with... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at This French Life
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CYCLING fans should head to Villefranche-du-Périgord on Sunday 10 June, when a race through the bastides and woods of the area takes place. The 22nd Tour du Périgord will see 150 cyclists take on a 154 km course around the local villages of Villefranche and Besse, as well as the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at This French Life
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THE annual Nuit des Musées takes place on Saturday 19 May with the promise of light shows, theatrical performances and public readings bringing a whole new life to exhibits. Public buildings, museums and other institutions will be open to the public free of charge for an occasion that has gained... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at This French Life
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BRING along a bite to eat, something to drink, and get to know your neighbours in Villefranche-du-Périgord during a Fête des Voisins later this month. Taking place beneath the halle in the village square local residents, business owners and members of the many associations are invited to attend an easy... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at This French Life