NEWS IN BRIEF

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The vil­lage of Rocheforten-Terre in Mor­bi­han, Brit­tany has been voted France’s favourite vil­lage for 2016 by view­ers of the tele­vi­sion pro­gramme Le Vil­lage Préféré des Français. The Bre­ton vil­lage faced com­pe­ti­tion from 12 other vil­lages in the con­test, which saw 175,000 peo­ple vote on­line. The win is an­other boost for Brit­tany, as the re­gion’s Ploumanac‘h took the ti­tle last year. The vic­tory is ex­pected to ben­e­fit the town eco­nom­i­cally as pre­vi­ous win­ners have seen vis­i­tor num­bers in­crease by 40% while also bring­ing it to the at­ten­tion of prospec­tive buy­ers. The av­er­age re­sale price of a house in Mor­bi­han is €171,800.

The foun­da­tion rep­re­sent­ing the es­tate of the Fran­cophile chef, Ju­lia Child, has re­vealed it has sued Airbnb af­ter the rental com­pany used Child’s name for com­mer­cial pur­poses, with­out ob­tain­ing the foun­da­tion’s per­mis­sion. The case refers to an Airbnb pro­mo­tion, of­fer­ing a free night for two of their mem­bers at Child’s for­mer home in Provence that can be rented by Airbnb fol­low­ers through the com­pany site.

The foun­da­tion are at­tempt­ing to up­hold Child’s pol­icy of re­fus­ing to mar­ket prod­ucts or let oth­ers use her name for ad­ver­tis­ing. The foun­da­tion is ask­ing for dam­ages, plus prof­its made from the pro­mo­tion.

of busi­ness, with trans­ac­tions up by 18% and 27% re­spec­tively. These are among the most ex­pen­sive re­gions of France in which to buy a prop­erty. The av­er­age price per square me­tre in the French cap­i­tal in­creased by 1.2% year on year to reach €8,000m2 , while the av­er­age re­sale price of prop­erty in Alpes-Mar­itimes reached €420,000 ac­cord­ing to No­taires de France.

Over­all, the sur­vey highlighted an av­er­age in­crease of 29% in trans­ac­tions, sug­gest­ing buy­ers are now re­turn­ing in force to the French mar­ket af­ter sev­eral years of weak­ness.

Lend­ing rates are still at his­toric lows – long-term euro mort­gage loans with a 10-year fixed rate are avail­able from 1.70% while other mort­gages, in­clud­ing capped rates, are avail­able from 2.6% or lower.

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