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February 2012 newsletter

Bonne annee

In this newsletter, we update you on the French property market to end 2011; have more French
properties for rent and sale; give you details about the AF French film festival; tell you about an
internationally awarded book on French champagne written by an Australian expert; and, provide
French recipes for Shrove Tuesday and Valentines as well as famous quotes about France.

Don't forget, in between newsletters keep up with French activity by following us on Facebook
(check out all our Dec and Jan posts which included Xmas and New year happening in France).

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: Watch out for French wine hopefully to soon be available to buy from our website!
PPS: Don't forget about our upcoming workshop in March and France tour in September

French property market update at December 2011

Despite France's economic problems, the French property market during 2011 showed strong growth, unmatched since prior to the global financial crisis (GFC). Last calendar year, property prices rose 7.3% bringing the average price of houses back to pre-GFC levels.

This is very positive compared to Australia's reported drop in housing prices across the country last year. Despite this, the median house price in Australia, at over $500,000, remains almost double the average price of places in regional France. Australian housing was also rated as 'severely unaffordable' by the recent international housing affordability survey and was the most unaffordable of any country outside China.

In addition, the Aussie dollar continues to hit records against the euro (>82cents early Feb ) and French interest rates are still at historic lows (eg. < 4% fixed 20 years).

We will provide more French property statistics as well as practical assistance to help those interested buy French property at our workshop on 17 March in Brisbane - offer of free e-guide when booking extended to 14 Feb.

For those who want to learn by experience, join us on our property purchasing tour to the west of France in Sept.

Lots of properties for sale and for rent in France

For sale between Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Large modern Vaucluse countryside property on 6300 m² of land including inground pool and garage space for 3 cars. Built in 2000, the house has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, alarm system and air conditioning.
Price: 875,000 euro   

Charming Limousin furnished 3 bed village house for sale including all furniture at bargain price of 42,500 euro. UK owners very keen to sell their family home and have dropped price after prior buyer had to pull out. Features include exposed beams, oak staircase, fireplace/wood burning stove, attached garage/workshop which could be converted into extra living and detached land. Owners have done a lot of work on the place, now ready to move into.

Other places currently for sale which are already set up potentially with furniture for you if needed include the Perigord house (with pool) and Isle sur la Sorgue house (around the corner from our Provence place).

Also Sarah has a 3 new Midi-Pyrenees properties for sale.


Village house near Lyon for rent

Spend some time in this spacious house and enjoy French village life. Not far away you will find the beautiful historic city of Lyon. Bessenay is in the rural area of the Lyon hills on the edge of the Beaujolais wine area but has plenty of shops/markets/cafes. Burgundy in the north, the Alps in the east, Provence in the south and the Auvergne in the west. This three level town house on the village square is a typical French village house about 150 years old. It has 2/3 queen bedrooms as well as two living rooms and is very comfortable making great use of stone and timber, the materials used in the era. Features of the house include a sitting room with a huge open fireplace and wireless internet. Rent is $1,200 a week.

If you are interested, for more details and photos go to:



French film festival 2012 tix and program released

The 23rd Alliance Francaise film festival offers a national program of French cinema with over 40+ films including the re-release of the classic LAST METRO/LE DERNIER MÉTRO starring French film icons Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu, NOTHING TO DECLARE/RIEN À DÉCLARER comedy starring and directed by Dany Boon; plus other films with Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche and Vanessa Paradis. The festival program runs over 5 weeks:


6 - 25 March


7 - 25 March

Brisbane + Canberra

14 March - 1 April


20 March - 8 April


21 March - 9 April

For a link to film details and ticket purchase go to:

frenchAUSTRALIA: Oz guide to all things French

International award winning Aussie champagne book

'Champagne is my life...It has filled my world with beauty' says champagne consultant Bernadette O'Shea who drinks only champagne and water! She has produced a gorgeous glossy hardcover book with many champagne stories and information on champagnes and their houses. It has exquisite images of chandeliers throughout the book as a visual expression of the masses of fine bubbles leaping out of a crystal glass. Bernadette is an Australian who is a world authority on champagne and has received numerous awards including a French knighthood. Her book has been voted the best in the world (French wine) from the prestigious Gourmond Food and Wine book awards. It will also be published in France in French next year! Lovers of champagne and things French will very much appreciate this book. Read more about it or see our facebook page for the recent ABC 7.30 report story on Bernadette.

Our upcoming French wine link also includes champagne!

Carolyn from  also appreciates champagne and the region it is from, read her profile of the


February (Valentines+Shrove Tuesday) recipes

Two days this month you can make French recipes on:
1) Valentines Day Tuesday 14th think amore / think chocolate with mousse, souffle, tart au chocolat
2) Shrove Tuesday 21st make crepes (French won't be!).


Famous quotes about France and notably Paris 

So many famous people have an affinity with France and/or Paris as well as the French. I like Hemingway's quote best 'whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant' especially after seeing Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris but Marge Simpson's is memorable also.
Read these quotes and more at: france_paris_quotes

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