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The key to life in your local French community

 Charente • Deux-Sevres • Vienne • Haute Vienne • Limousin 

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If you already live in the Poitou-Charentes or Limousin regions of France, are thinking of moving here, or have a French holiday home which may become your permanent home, CLE - the Charente Limousine Exchange - is your key to unlocking the secrets to a happy and comfortable lifestyle.

  CLE is a not-for-profit social organisation whose members form a valuable resource for the exchange of news, views, ideas and information. We also lobby and work with key organisations to protect our member's best interests, particularly when Government proposals threaten to impact the wellbeing of expatriate citizens (see Latest News).

The greater our numbers, the louder our voice, so your membership is important!

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CLE covers the Charente (16), Charente-Maritime (17), Deux-Sevres (79), Vienne (86) and Haute-Vienne (87).

We also have members with permanent homes in the UK.

Whilst the majority of CLE members are British, other nationalities are represented, plus, of course our hosts in France.


Practical and Social Activities
CLE organises a range of events, workshops and seminars throughout the year, providing practical information to help you understand the French system and ease your transition into the French way of life.


Our social activities include visits to places of interest - usually at subsidised rates for members - and charity fund raising events, while active CLE Gourmet and Pudding clubs cater for those who love good food, sometimes combined with vineyard visits.

Our Fishing group offers lessons for beginners and arranges matches with French groups, while the CLE Garden group arranges garden visits and related events – all of which enable members to make new friends in the expatriate and French communities. Go to CLE Groups for more details.

Help and Assistance
Charente Limousine Exchange works with local authorities tackling practical issues arising from the number of non-French nationals settling in the region. Its meetings and events provide a valuable forum for sharing experience, skills and knowledge.

If you are struggling with the French language, CLE can assist in finding suitable courses or private tuition.

CLE’s monthly emailed newsletter provides up-to-date information and advice on living in our region of France.

Members benefit from preferential rates for events and activities, some of which are open to non-members at normal cost. The joining fee is just € 20 per household.

So if you live in the Charente or Limousin, Join CLE now for access to a host of support and information to help you settle into the French way of life - CLICK HERE

If you love fine dining - join our Gourmet Club!
Filling the space between our Pudding Club meetings...... Sign up for CLE and go to our member's section to join our Gourmet and Pudding clubs


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