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Living France - - NEWS - Vicky Leigh, Deputy Ed­i­tor

I’ve only been as far as sis­ter ti­tle French Property News, but af­ter three years away it’s lovely to be back at Liv­ing France, and I’m thor­oughly en­joy­ing be­ing part of the team again. I’ve par­tic­u­larly en­joyed ex­plor­ing the Aude depart­ment in this month’s is­sue (page 18) as this part of France has al­ways held a spe­cial ap­peal for me, and its many at­trac­tions were cer­tainly enough to con­vince one Bri­tish couple to start a new chap­ter in the south af­ter nine years in Pas-deCalais (page 28).

Langue­doc-Rous­sil­lon has a rep­u­ta­tion for plen­ti­ful sun­shine, but you might be sur­prised to dis­cover just how many other sunny hotspots there are in France – find out on page 46. Jan­uary is a time for New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, and if yours is to make 2016 the year you buy a home in France you’ll find a se­lec­tion of prop­er­ties for sale for un­der €150,000 on page 78.

Work­ing on this is­sue has been a bit­ter­sweet ex­pe­ri­ence, as it co­in­cided with the ter­ri­ble tragedy of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris. Our thoughts re­main with those whose lives were so cru­elly cut short, and in times of such great sad­ness it has been truly en­cour­ag­ing to wit­ness the scale of sup­port and sol­i­dar­ity shown across the world. Turn to page 14 for just a small se­lec­tion of heart­felt mes­sages. The City of Light has long held a spe­cial place in my heart and will con­tinue to do so for many years to come.

Wish­ing you all a happy and pros­per­ous New Year, and I hope you can join us at The France Show from 29-31 Jan­uary in Lon­don.

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