France’s Chausey Islands: all the tide in the world

The vast tidal ranges of this timeless, car-free archipelago off the Normandy coast offer a shifting and magical seascape

Villaroger, Les Arcs’ poor relation, set to reinvent itself as ‘green resort’

Referred to as ‘the dark side’ by locals for its north-facing slopes and lack of bright lights, the village of Villaroger wants to raise its game without becoming brash

French (almost) without tears: a summer school break in France

Just when you thought school was out … mum books a holiday with language lessons, in Morzine, and signs up for classes, too

Great hotels, gites and auberges in France.

From Picardy to Provence here is some recommended accommodation in chateaux, converted stables and cottages to suit all budgets.

Jura holiday guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

The rolling fields, vineyards, mountain ranges and untouched forests of this region of eastern France are packed with wonderful places to eat, drink and stay

Chef Raymond Blanc on Besançon, France

As a child, the famous chef used to catch and sell frogs to make enough money to be able to afford to eat out at one of his home town’s excellent restaurants, triggering an enduring love affair with Besançon and its cuisine