NEWS IN BRIEF

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The French cas­tle where Carey Grant and Grace Kelly filmed the famed mas­quer­ade ball scenes for the Hitch­cock film, To Catch a Thief is on sale for the first time in 56 years. Sit­ting on 24 acres, the Château de la Croix des Gardes boasts 13 bed­rooms and nine bath­rooms with clas­si­cally styled gar­dens of­fer­ing views of the sea and snow-capped moun­tains. Just a short drive from Cannes with some of the world’s best din­ing, shop­ping and cul­tural events, the prop­erty hasn’t lost any of its starry-eyed al­lure. sothe­bysre­alty-france.com

France is the se­cond most pop­u­lar coun­try in the world for over­seas buy­ers, ac­cord­ing to con­sumer prop­erty web­site, the­movechan­nel. com. The coun­try was beaten only by the US as the coun­try most over­seas buy­ers wanted to in­vest in. There has been a surge in in­ter­est in French mort­gages among UK buy­ers, with France be­ing the se­cond most pop­u­lar coun­try (af­ter Spain) for Bri­tish prop­erty buy­ers. the­movechan­nel.com.

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