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November currency update

The euro started well enough but finished badly. The net result was a loss of two and a quarter US cents to the week’s top performer and a cent and a quarter to sterling.

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The Route du Rhum race is back!

After 4 long years, the famous Route du Rhum race is back in Saint Malo! The 10th edition of the competition will start at 2pm on the 2nd November. The objective: to sail solo from Metropolitan France to the French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe within the allocated time.

The single-handed sea race will gather nearly 100 men and women ready to depart from Brittany


Le Corbusier – property designed by the famous architect at Sextant

Ever heard of the architect Le Corbusier? If yes, it’s time to brush-up on your knowledge! If not, never fear, it’s never too late to learn about this leading figure of 20th century French architecture, urbanism and design.

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier

Halloween trick-or-treats: French property!

“That’s good luck for you for the whole year!” were my Grandma’s words when I almost broke my teeth biting into a silver coin hidden in her freshly backed Barmbrack on Halloween in Ireland when I was 8. Thankfully my teeth lived to tell the tale and, as far as I can remember, it was a great year.

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European Court – Update on Social Charges on Sale of French Property

It seems very likely the European Court will make its final decision about France’s Social Charges for non residents shortly (before end 2014). This should open the way for UK and other non-French sellers resident in the EU to claim back the social charge from the French FISC (tax office).

The Orne department: Inside secrets of the “horse country”

Perhaps you’ve dreamt of being a horse whisperer like Robert Redford’s character in the eponymous film… In any case, horses are surely some of the most beautiful animals you’ll see in a French field! But you don’t need to be a farmer or be specialised in animal livestock to cope with starting up a horse-related business.

Le Salon du Chocolat coming soon to Paris!

The annual not-to-be-missed event will take place in Paris at the Parc des Expositions from 29th October to 2nd November.

For its 20th anniversary in Paris


October currency update

Another month of slow decay took the euro to a two-year low against the US dollar and to within a millimetre of a six-year low against sterling. In September as a whole the euro lost two cents to sterling and fell nearly five US cents.


Sextant makes its debut on the small screen!

Sextant Properties is coming to a screen near you! Two of our properties in the Poitou-Charentes region appeared in a recent episode of the popular Channel 4 series A Place In The Sun. With the help of presenter Sara Damergi, the Place In The Sun team and our very own superstar agent


And the winner is… Midi Pyrenees!

Do you consider purchasing a property in France? How to choose wisely your place to live?

An article from The Connexion’s Newspaper emphasizes a recent and very useful OECD survey.

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