IF you want to put a little spring in your step then look out for music festivals and more taking place in France.
A QUITE horrible array of stereotypes and cliches from the Daily Mail as it drops in on Eymet, in the Dordogne, to see how the Brits "could be destroying an idyllic French paradise".
In the past Brits have been criticised for not getting involved with French public life, and yet when some want to stand for election to local councils it's seen as an attack on all things France.
A few days ago I highlighted how other Brits across France were involved in elections set to take place in the next couple of weeks, surely this is better than little enclaves where the G&Ts come out in the afternoon?
THE price of sending a letter in France is to increase by one centime, to 55 centimes, from March 1, La Poste has announced.
At the same time the cost of sending a letter to another EU country is to increase by almost ten per cent, up five centimes to 65 centimes.
Related article: Sending letters by online recorded delivery
A NEW base at Edinburgh Airport for Ryanair will see the airline offer a number of European routes in the coming months, including one to Marseille starting in April and operating twice a week.
Also Flybe announced this week that it would increase the frequency of flights between Southampton and Bergerac, adding an additional flight each day to the existing Monday and Friday schedules from July 14 to August 22.
THERE is a desperate appeal from an animal sanctuary in Angoulême looking to find homes for around a dozen dogs before rebuilding work starts on many of the kennels.
Some dogs have been rehomed, but others who have been at the centre for some time are still on the look out, if you can help an up-to-date list is being kept by Christine Aubertin on the Complete France Forum.
MAYBE you are looking to start a business in France, or are just keen to find out a little more about your local commune, well drop in on Insee's Statistiques Locales.
Insee is the official statistics authority and compiles facts and figures on a wide range of subjects, to a quite dizzying degree sometimes, but their stats on local communes can be quite eye opening.
GAIN a whole new perspective on France through the lens of photographer Gilles Vidal.
His panoramic photographs take you into the streets of Paris during a demonstration, the Cathédrale Sainte Marie d'Auch (Gers) and even let you sit in the cockpit of the new Airbus A380 (via Bad Language).
WITH so many people leaving the UK to take up residence in other EU countries, including France, there are always dozens, if not hundreds, of questions to be answered.
THERE is no doubt that having an understanding of French will help you integrate and enjoy your new life in France.
But the days of dog-eared books and reams of paper are on the way out, with the wonderful world wide web offering a vast array of French language resources.
Here are some websites that will help you out that offer text based learning as well as audio and video.
IT would appear that the invasion of France by the Brits is being stepped up as some look to storm the corridors of local power.
The Telegraph reports on the involvement of Brits in the local elections in Eymet, but they are not alone.
And I'm sure they will take heart from Yorkshireman Ken Tatham, whose been Monsieur le Maire for the small Brittany village of Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei for more than 13 years and is now looking to stand as a regional councillor