23 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

The Bic pen - an uncelebrated French design classic

On every desk in every school, university or workplace. In your coat pocket, somewhere in the car or in a kitchen drawer there is a familiar pen, made by Bic. Its one of France’s most uncelebrated design classics. Manufactured in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the world's favourite pen reached a landmark in 2006 when sales reached 1 billion. Find out here why there is a hole in the cap...and more.

23 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Françoise Sagan

‘Aimless people who are involved in tangled, often amoral relationships.’ These are the international best selling stories of one of France’s most celebrated authors. Discover here the life and works of Françoise Sagan. Are they a true reflection of real French life ?

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21 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Home, Indoors and Outdoors

La Maison Pierre Frey

Maison Pierre Frey is famous throughout France for its high quality interior-design products such as wallpaper, upholstery, rugs, carpets and high-end furniture. Created in 1935, Maison Pierre Frey continues today running as a family business. Find out more in this article...

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20 February 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Louvre

As an ancient royal residence, the Louvre is inextricably linked to eight centuries of French history. Designed in 1793 as a universal museum, its collection, among the best in the world, spans many millennia and miles, from the Americas to Asia. Over 38,000 artworks are grouped into eight curatorial departments, including universally-admired works such as The Mona Lisa, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo.

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19 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport, Culture

The classic Citroën Mehari

Anyone with memories of a 1970s summer beach holiday either on the Atlantic coast between Arcachon and Biarritz or anywhere along the Cote d’Azur from Marseille to Menton will remember the familiar site of the Citroën Mehari. A classic French vehicle and style-icon; find out more here.

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18 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Wedding planner

Ceraphine Events for weddings and other celebrations

Céraphine Events are wedding planners based in the Pyrénées Orientales. The friendly and professional team will look after all your requirements: weddings, baptisms, birthdays, specialevents. The wedding designer will assist and advise in the design of your event and the wedding planner manages all aspects including the specialised service providers. Ensuring your special time runs smoothly.

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18 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Tourism, Culture

Discover Biarritz

What are the must-sees in and around Biarritz, on the Atlantic Coast of France ? Here you will find all the best activities and sites in this beautiful part of France. Rich in its architectural heritage and its history, there is plenty to discover for your family holiday in and around Biarritz.

17 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Françoise Dorléac

Everyone knows Catherine Deneuve, the icon of French and international cinema. But less is known about her sister, Françoise Dorléac. Françoise was actually the first of the two sisters to become a star - she first modelled for Chritian Dior and then made a number of films before her tragic death in 1967.

16 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Architecture, UNESCO

Arles and The Luma Tower

The classical architecture of the Provençal town of Arles has recently been challenged by something quite extraordinary - a contemporary 56 metre tower that dominates the skyline and resembles what has been called 'a stainless-steel tornado'. To some, it is beautiful and revolutionary, to some of the residents of Arles, it is neither...

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15 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Pure France

Unique holidays in your dream villa in France

France is a country rich in natural landscapes, history, culture and gastronomy. Mountains, forests, seaside, ocean, picturesque towns or villages... A huge choice of destinations to discover in your villa for an unforgettable vacation. All regions are full of exceptional natural sites, cultural heritage and architectural treasures. Culture has a predominant place in France.

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15 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Tourism

Le Château de Quéribus in Cathar country

Visit the Château de Quéribus in Cathar country, in the Aude department in the south of France. Located in Cucugnan. Situated on a rocky peak at an altitude of 700m, there are spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. It is one of 22 sites to visit in Occitanie relating to this medieval period with further châteaux, abbeys, medieval cities and a number of museums.

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14 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Tourism

La Cité Radieuse in Marseille, designed by Le Corbusier

After the Second World War more social housing was needed. In the 1920's, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris invented the concept of "housing unit". He used the name Le Corbusier as a pseudonym. He imaged a place that would bring together all the necessities for a family in community life. A environemnt with a school, nursery, small shops, swimming pool and a library. In France there are 5 examples of its concept. La Cité Radieuse in Marseille is one of them. It was also called the "House of the Fada".

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14 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Holidays

It looks like the South... Occitanie my love

"It looks like the South. Time is long. And life surely. Over a million years. And always in summer." The South, Nino Ferrer. It sounds like the South, this song smacks of summer, nostalgia, vacations. This imaginary South could take its place in Occitanie. Occitanie was created in 2016 when the Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon regions where merged. Consequently, it is now one of the largest regions in France.

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13 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays

Why get into seasonal rentals in Brittany?

Do you own an exceptional property: a charming villa, chateau, farmhouse or country house in Brittany? You would like to advertise your property for seasonal rental but you hesitate... There are many advantages and many opportunities that are available to you. The French regions attract many, many travelers each year, especially in Brittany where life is good.

12 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

Pure France loves the films of Maïwenn, her latest film is DNA

Pure France loves the films of Maïwenn, her latest fim is DNA. Maïwenn is a French actress and director. She directed her first feature-length film at the age of 30, Pardonnez-moi. Further directorial credits include Le Bal des Actrices, Polisse, Mon Roi. DNA was released in October 2020 during the lockdown when cinemas were closed. We can't wait to see it.

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12 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Pure France

Why make your house available for holiday rentals?

Do you own a principle or secondary home in France? Is it an exceptional property, an old renovated house, a modern villa or perhaps a family home with a unique history… If you are apprehensive about taking the plunge and renting out your property, take a read of this article as it's made for you!

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11 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism

Provence holidays in an exceptional haven of peace

Between unique nature and dynamic cities. How good to hear the song of the cicadas, admire the beauty of the lavender fields as far as the eye can see, and the crystal clear waters. Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur is France's most popular destination. Hiking in the countryside. Strolling through the alleys of small villages or the chic cities like Monaco or Cannes.

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11 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Tourism

Montmartre, a romantic stroll in Paris

Discover Montmartre, a must-see district during a visit to Paris. Located on a hill in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, it is a famous place where many artists live and work. The Sacré Coeur Basilica and the breathtaking view of Paris along with its many shops and cafés. The charm of romantic Paris.

10 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport

Going green; free electric vehicle charging

Many people of course already own an electric or hybrid vehicle. In December 2020, electric vehicles accounted for 19.2% of the passenger vehicle market in France. The Top 3 best selling electric cars in France in 2020 were; Renault Zoe, Peugeot E-208, Tesla 3. At Pure France for 2021 we are committed to a nationwide green campaign where electric vehicle charging will be free at all our self-catering holiday homes.


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