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Number of Regions in France reduces from 22 to 13

Says This French Life : “You most probably didn’t feel it last night, but the number of regions in France dropped from 22 to a slimline 13 after an evening of debate in the National Assembly.” Read More at: Number of regions in France drops from 22 to 13 (This French Life)



The Rhône-Alpes

Visit the Rhone Alpes Region website: Highly varied landscapes and an impressive tourism offer make Rhône-Alpes a region of good living, which its inhabitants and an ever-growing number of visitors appropriate with great ease. The most extensive ski slopes are here and, if all of the regions ski-lifts were joined end to end, they would […]



This French Life !

This French Life is a website portal which provides many interesting nuggets of information and is of service to people who are keen to move to France, or those already living there. There are articles about setting-up a wide variety of necessary services, from banking to the internet, as well as some of the more enjoyable […]


The wonders of Lyon!

Lyon (historically spelled Lyons) is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. Etymologically it relates to the Celtic God Lugoves, Lugh as do Laon and Leiden. Lyon is located approximately 470 kilometres (292 miles) from Paris, 320 km (199 mi) from Marseille, 420 km (261 mi) from Strasbourg, 160 km (99 mi) from Geneva, […]



Museum of Fine Arts in Roanne!

Exhibition “Arkeo nineteenth-twenty-first century, when the man had written his” Museum Joseph Déchelette, Roanne, from March 1 to November 11, 2014 From March 1 to November 11, 2014, Joseph Déchelette Museum presents an exhibition outside the box, “Arkeo.” Accessible to all, “Arkeo” tells a adventure of archeology and its repercussions on the history of man. […]



Cote Roannaise Wines.

Cote Roannaise Wine Cote Roannaise is the appellation for red and rosé wines from 14 communes which lie just west of Roanne, in the Rhone-Alpes administrative region of France. The wines are light in body, low in tannin and very much reliant on their fresh, vibrant fruit flavors. They bear all the hallmarks of classic […]



Simon Hawkins and his Domaine du Fontenay Wines.

Simon Hawkins, artisan wine-maker in the tiny Côte Roannaise appellation.  A range of authentic wines from sustainable viticulture and natural, hands-off wine making. HANDS-OFF WINEMAKING Simon Hawkins says: “Although our attitude to producing grapes is definitely hands-on, we adopt a completely hands-off approach to the wine making. Having worked hard all year to obtain high quality grapes, […]



The Easy Riders in the Heart of Lyon!

A biker convention took place at Bellecour in the centre of Lyon during April. Hundreds of some of the best bikes in the country were on ‘roaring display during a particularly blue sky, sunny day, before setting off for a ‘demonstration’ trip. Thousands of angry French bikers took to the streets on April 12, 2014. […]



Marvellous Medieval Celebrations in Lyon.

The traditional, yearly medieval celebrations called the ‘Fête Renaissance’ in Lyon were staged once again around the city of Lyon in the heart of the ‘Old Town’ called Vieux Lyon this April. A brilliant setting for such a colourful event which commemorates the visit of Catherine de Médicis and the young King, Charles IX, to […]



Amazing Restaurant L’Astrée

One of the best restaurants in the French township of Roanne in the heart of the Roannais region of the Rhône-Alpes. Exquisite food in exquisite surroundings, and which doesn’t break the bank! Family-owned and run with chef de cuisine, Simon Falcoz in dynamic charge of the kitchen since 1983. L’Astrée is perfect for a sumptuous […]



Famous 3 Michelin-starred restaurant La Maison Troisgros is Moving!!

Yes, it’s true! After over 40 years, La Maison Troisgros, based in Roanne, and internationally renowned 3-star establishment, is packing it’s cutlery and chefs, and moving to the village of Ouches on the edge of the Roanne township. After considerable reflection, Michel and Marie-Pierre Troisgros have made the major decision to move the restaurant and […]



Coming soon at Pure France Now Shop – Will Chameleon keep changing!!?

Chameleon is a new branded collection of jewellery designs and art images which is themed around animals, nature, love and friend messages in a whimsical way. High quality, stylish, and fun. Great gift ideas at exceedingly good prices. Perfect for that personal touch! Framed Gift Prints with personal love and friendship message. Pure France Now […]


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