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September 2011  newsletter



In this newsletter, we have information about property purchasing in France and houses for
sale; tell you reasons why French women don't get fat and let you have your say about this;
feature a country Provence property for rent; and, provide recipes for, as well as facts about,
French ducks and their fat - maybe this also explains the thinness of women in France?

A bientot
Sharon et David

PS: Next newsletter not til Nov as Sharon will be in France. Follow her trip on Facebook -
she is going to a Tina Arena concert as well as a Moliere play and staying at a Riviera spa.



Recent expert views on buying French property

Article extracts by business experts since July 2011 (full articles are available for our platine members):

'Underpinned by particularly strong growth in the Paris market ('house prices were up by in Paris also went up by 17%'), French property prices rose 8.7 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2011- more than any other OECD country'

'growth in French house prices in the first quarter contrasted with a more subdued 2.6 per cent year-on-year rise in Germany, while big price falls occurred in peripheral states plagued by debt woes - 11.1 percent in Ireland, 5.6 percent in Greece and 5.3 percent in Spain'

'French house prices fell harder during the economic crisis than the average across the euro zone...Since then, French prices are bouncing back more strongly than elsewhere in the euro zone'

'Risks to banks seem limited, as French households have comparatively low levels of debt ('average French household debt remains the one of the lowest ones of the countries of the OEDC'), and lending standards are generally conservative... Home ownership stands at 57 percent of households in France, below the nearly 66 percent average for OECD countries'

'The economic sector relating to housing remains stable in France...Demand has remained steady for properties under 150 000 euros'

'Mortgage rates in France are at their lowest levels since World War II, with an average rate of 3.30%'

These experts suggest buying property in France is still a sound investment. If you are interested, international lawyer Michael Bula is running another evening seminar in Melbourne on 24 October or there is our e-guide or 2012 property purchasing tour.


Sarah's properties for sale in the Midi Pyrenees

Sarah Lancashire is a UK estate agent working in the Gers and the Tarn et Garonne departments in the Midi Pyrenees. She recently met a few Aussies searching for places in the area and subsequently approached us with her properties, three of which are below:

Le Pin: On the border of a quiet village, this renovated country cottage sits in a large pretty lot, overlooking country views. Comprising: kitchen/dining, lounge with wood burning stove, sun room with patio. Price: 164,000 euro

Lectour: This sweet village house is situated in a fortified hilltop village. The front entrance door leads into an open plan kitchen/dining/living room, with open fireplace, original tommette flooring and exposed stone walls. Price: 169,000 euro

St Clar: This beautifully restored tudor village house is set in the heart of a peaceful, picturesque village and just 5 minutes from St Clar with all amenities. The house features include an open wooden staircase, fireplace and terraces. Price: 176,000 euro

New country house to rent near Aix-en-Provence

Maison Jouques is decorated in a charming French country style with antiques found by the owners in local brocante markets. The large house can sleep eight with three bedrooms (+ three bathrooms) and is surrounded on three sides with beautiful terraces overlooking mountains and countryside - perfect for the aperitif and alfresco dining on the outdoor furniture provided. At the entrance to the house is a pond and waterfall which is a cool retreat in the heat of the French summer and there is an inground infinity pool.

The house is situated on two hectares of forest with olive, fruit, pine and oak trees. It is well located between the charming Luberon region and the renowned city of Aix-en-Provence. An easy walk takes you into the picturesque village of Jouques.

Rent from $1,500 a week.



Many reasons why don't French women get fat

In her book French women don't get fat, Mireille Guiliano shares the secrets French women know. Other reasons are shared in a Body + Soul article including eating three meals a day at a table slowly, walking/cycling/shopping, drinking black coffee and enjoying cake and chocolate (in small portions).

Share your views on this topic by commenting on French desire's Thin French Women facebook post:

For the following recipes, you can find duck ingredients using:

frenchAUSTRALIA: Oz guide to all things French


French recipes for cooking with duck and its fat

Choose from duck/canard a l'orange, confit de canard, or duck fat potatoes/pomme de terre sarladaise.


Facts about French ducks and uses of their fat

Ducks are often used in France for cooking but some farmers in the SW use their fat for fuel. For more:

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