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Holiday cottages in France offer the perfect opportunity to explore wonderful culture and heritage while you relax and unwind in complete comfort. In fact there are few better ways to immerse yourself in the local community and enjoy a completely unique and authentic French experience than a holiday cottage. But with so much fantastic variety you’re going to be a little spoiled for choice, so we’re going to make a few suggestions for the best places to enjoy your holiday in France.

Famed for romance, gastronomy, art and culture, for many, Paris is the French ideal. Holiday cottages in and around the ‘City of Light’ often offer unrivalled access to its many attractions. Take a bird’s eye view from the Eiffel Tower, enjoy the masterpieces in the Louvre or just go for a leisurely stroll in the park, a holiday home in the capital presents you with a wealth of welcome options. Then again, you may choose a holiday over the channel to get away from it all, soak up the relaxing ambience and bask in a more inviting climate. If this is the case then we’d highly recommend taking a look at our featured French holiday cottages on the Riviera. Renowned for glamour, golden sands, sparkling blue waters and grandiose cultural celebrations, it’s the perfect place to join the jet set or sit back and relax by the pool! If you’re seeking more rural pastures then the northern France is the perfect place to get out and explore the country's heritage. Alongside spectacular castles and medieval towns there’s a wonderful culture of wine and gastronomy to enjoy. If all that sounds a little passive then, thankfully, the north is filled with fantastic locations to get out and about.

Wherever you choose to enjoy your break, you’ll find a wealth of choice in our featured French cottages. In fact, one of France's biggest attractions is that it’s an all year round destination, with activities to satisfy in every season. Beach breaks are one of the highlights of the summer months, and you’ll find a wealth of fantastic stretches of coastline, offering surfing, sailing, or the well-earned opportunity to sit and soak up the sun. The rural regions offer rolling landscapes that are perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. Then of course there are the vineyards and historic regions for those looking to explore France's heritage. And things barely cool down in the winter months, as thousands of holidaymakers take a short trip to the Alps to enjoy snow sports, the wonderful après-ski and the stunning scenery.

If you're ready to begin your own exploration take a look at our featured holiday cottages in France today.
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  • La Grande Roche

    St. Clement Rancoudray, Manche

    Grade
    16
    5
    2
    4
    Ref: F50154

    Set in 200 acres of stunning woodland with panoramic views, La Grande Roche is named after the large rocks which provide a perfect backdrop to the two properties within its grounds. The private grounds provide a perfect place to explore the extensive woodland with a river and lake for private fishing (must be requested at time of booking, €70pw including licence). There is a large games room and a swimming pool with a terrace for relaxing with a glass of wine. La Grande Roche is located in a small hamlet only 3km from Mortain with its historic abbey. Vire, with its shops and market, is a 20-minute drive; further afield (one hour’s drive) are the Normandy beaches. For sandy beaches, both Granville and Carolles are within easy driving distance and offer a typical French seaside resort atmosphere. From Granville, boat trips to beautiful Mont St Michel can be taken. A trip not be missed is Bayeux - famous for its tapestry as well as many interesting shops and museums. A perfect holiday location.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Steps to large kitchen/dining room with Aga. Hallway. Living room. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite walk in shower room/WC and sauna. Twin bedroom. Double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Double bedroom. Separate bathroom/WC. Second floor: Large beamed room double bed, six single beds and en-suite walk in shower room/WC

    • Private fishing lake
    • Garden
    • Shared 200 acres of private woodland
    • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m)
    • Private games room with snooker table
    • Wood-burning stove - fuel incl
    • Central heating €50pw (Oct-Mar)
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Ample parking
    • Barbecue
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers.

    Location: 3km E of Mortain (small town, all amenities), 24km S of Vire (large town, market), 55km E of Fougeres (sandy beaches).

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  • St Clément Rancoudray

    St Clément Rancoudray

    Grade
    16
    7
    1
    6
    Ref: FNM410

    This 18th-century, stately holiday house is situated in a haven of greenery, only a few kilometres from Mortain, a lovely city renowned for its monuments such as the Collégiale and the Abbaye Blanche, as well as its stunning landscapes. You will particularly enjoy the beautiful 4000m² park with its ancient trees, outdoor lounge and barbecue, overlooking the valley of Mortain. There is a games room in the property. In Mortain and within the immediate vicinity, there is a lot to do; Bellefontaine Park, the village of Potters and the eco-museum of Ger, the Mills of the Valley of Sées, the Green Way of the Morainais, flea markets and antiques. It is also an ideal starting point for excursions to Mont Saint-Michel, the Channel Islands or the famous beaches around Granville. Shop and restaurant 4km

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen, 3 bathrooms with separate shower, toilet and basin, 2 bathrooms with separate shower and basin (no toilet), shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet with basin, separate toilet, 7 bedrooms: 5 double bedrooms, 2 plus single bed, 1 twin plus single bed, 1 single.

    Central heating, open fires, cot, highchair, 2 colour TVs (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in some bedrooms and bathrooms. Water feature in garden.

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  • Villa La Roque d’Anthéron

    La Roque d’Anthéron, Bouches-du-Rhône

    Grade
    17
    10
    0
    4
    Ref: T13062

    A beautifully renovated Provençal ’mas’ with extensive views across the Durance Valley towards the Luberon hills. This lovely holiday cottage is divided into two halves, so is ideal for two families or a large group on holiday together. The 25 hectares of grounds descend in terraces from the house and pool area, with fruit trees, vines and woodland. It is a magnificent setting and the good quality of the interior makes it a truly special property. The good-sized private pool is a converted former ’bassin’ set in the terraced grounds just below the house (families with children: please note also that there is a smaller stone water ’bassin’, above ground next to the West Wing which is about 1.5m deep). Both are of a very good standard with some lovely tiled floors, and French windows giving onto the large patio which fronts the house. The discreet caretaker lives in an independent cottage in the grounds. The lovely villages of the Luberon and beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence close by.

    East Wing: Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire and French windows to terrace. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with bidet (no WC). Shower room with double basins (no WC). Two separate WCs. West Wing: Ground floor: Living/dining room with French windows. Kitchen. Study with open fire. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with double basins. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom/WC with double basins

    • 25 hectares of grounds
    • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8 - 1.6m) non-chloride
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Two t/cots
    • H/chair
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking
    • NB: There is a steep unguarded drop from the terrace and that a canal passes at the far side of the grounds, about 150m from the house. Max. occupancy is 17 (including 2 babies).

    Location: 2km E of La Roque d’Anthéron (simple shopping, restaurant), 28km NW of Aix-en-Provence (all facilities), 45km from Marseille (airport).

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  • St Paul

    St Michel de Chavaignes, Sarthe

    Grade
    17
    8
    0
    2
    Ref: F72109

    This elegant château, built in the Directoire style stands in extensive landscaped grounds with a beautiful lake, clay tennis court and king-sized swimming pool. The spacious interior includes marble fireplaces, polished wood floors and a living room with two pianos! The large windows offer delightful views of the parkland grounds and the rolling Sarthe countryside beyond. Gourmet restaurants abound in the area, and nearby Bouloire boasts a master chocolatier as well as a 15th-century chateau. Children will enjoy the zoo at Pescheray, and Papea City with its Wild West village and mine train. Golf and horse riding available nearby. Historic Le Mans has a thriving shopping centre, superb cathedral and Automobile museum. The medieval streets, a hotch-potch of intricate Renaissance stonework, medieval half-timbering, sculpted pillars and beams and grand classical facades, are still encircled by the original 3rd and 4th century Gallo-Roman walls. The attractions of the Loire Valley is less than an hours drive.

    Steps to entrance (no handrail). Ground floor: Entrance hall. Large living room with open fireplace and piano. Second living room with French windows to garden and pool. Dining room with small kitchen area, dumb waiter to main kitchen. Narrow spiral staircase to lower ground floor: Kitchen with utility room and steps to outside. Spiral staircase from entrance hall to first floor. Five bedrooms: Double with en-suite shower. Bedroom with 4 single beds and en-suite bathroom/WC with double basin. Double with en-suite shower over half bath/WC. Single with basin. Double with en-suite bathroom, over bath shower and double basin. Spiral staircase to second floor: 3 twin bedrooms with beamed ceilings, each with basin. Bathroom with over bath shower, bidet. Separate WC on each floor

    • Large grounds
    • Clay tennis court
    • Lake
    • Large fenced swimming pool (25 x 10m, depth 0.3m to 3m)
    • Telephone (payable)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking
    • Home cooked meals, cleaning and laundry service avail
    • NB: There are steep, spiral stairs with a low bannister. There is an unfenced pond close to the property.

    Location: 1km NW of St Michel de Chavaignes, 5km SE of Conneré, 23km E of Le Mans, 70km N of Tours, 140km SW of Paris.

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  • Pech Luna

    Pech Luna

    Grade
    17
    8
    0
    3
    Ref: FLA124

    This stunning 19th century château, set in hundreds of acres of land, enjoys panoramic views and a large private swimming pool (72m², open May-September) - an ideal holiday destination. The owner conveniently lives on one of the wings of the château. It retains many of the original features and it is located between the historical town of Toulouse and the world-famous medieval fortified city of Carcassonne, (both 60km). The two closest towns of interest are Castelnaudary and Mirepoix (20km) and both are lovely market towns. A great holiday base for large family groups, work training events, cycling and hiking groups. Shop and restaurant 10km.

    4 lounge/diners. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet and basin. Shower room with toilet. Bathroom with toilet and basin. 2 separate toilets. 8 bedrooms: 6 double, 2 twin, one plus single bed.

    Electric heating. Two cots. Two highchairs. DVD player. Wi-fi. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Microwave. Lawned garden. Terrace. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 1 double bedroom is accessed through a twin bedroom. Turning stairs.

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  • Sault

    Sault

    Grade
    18
    11
    0
    5
    Ref: FPV040

    Behind its rustic walls, dating from the 18th century, this ancestral dwelling harbours a delicate décor in keeping with these superb houses of yesteryear. This country house with 11 bedrooms, and games room, sits in vast grounds which also include a tennis court. Bathed in the colours and fragrance of lavender, this dwelling sits in good walking country. Perched on a hill top at 776m, Sault is the capital of the lavender region. At 33km to the north of Apt, this is the departure point for gentle, sweetly scented excursions. An ideal location for amateur painters, or simply for those who appreciate the well-being and beauty of the peaceful life. There are fishing opportunities 6km. Shop 200m and restaurant 300m.

    Lounge, second lounge, dining room, kitchen/diner, 2 bathrooms with toilet and basin, 3 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 2 separate toilets and basins. 11 bedrooms: 5 double, 2 twin, 4 single.

    Central heating, open fire in lounge, 3 cots, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terraces, garden furniture, barbecue, off road ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance (no handrail). Steps to dining room. Turning stairs to first and second floors. Steps throughout garden (no handrail).

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  • Chateau Gamage

    St-Pey-de-Castets, Gironde

    Grade
    18
    9
    0
    9
    Ref: F33240

    This magnificent 12th-century holiday chateau, producing fine wines and steeped in local history (dating from 1734 when wines were already being produced), now offers guests the opportunity to learn about winemaking and live the chatelian lifestyle. Visit the chais and vineyards and participate in wine tastings. Set in a landscaped park of 6 hectares, this superb detached chateau has been fully restored and redecorated. A separate entrance driveway ensures privacy. The inviting private swimming pool has a cascade feature and shower. There are TNT (multilingual) TVs in all bedrooms, the living room and kitchen. A convenient first floor kitchenette is ideal for early morning tea or late night snacks. American billiard/games room. Restaurants, bars, shops, supermarket, tennis, horseback riding, river cruises on the Dordogne River all within 7km. Golf 29km.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility. Summer kitchen/games room. Three bedrooms: one kingsize, one queensize, one double, all with en-suite shower room/WC. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. First floor: Kitchenette/breakfast area. Two kingsize bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room/WC, one with partially separated bathroom/WC, corner spa bath, shower attachment. Two queensize bedrooms, both with shower room/WC. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC

    • 1-hectare partially enclosed garden
    • 6-hectare shared grounds with unfenced pond
    • Terrace
    • Private pool (14m x 5m, depth 1m-1.5m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • Washer/dryer
    • Two d/washers
    • Two m/waves
    • F/freezer
    • 11 TNT TVs
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Wi-fi
    • 2 T/cots and h/chairs on request
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Not all staircases have banisters.

    Location: 7km S of Castillon-la-Bataille (all amenities, summer sound and light show portrays the ’100 Years War’), 17km S of St Emilion (monolithic church, tourist train to wine chateaux, all amenities), 60km E of Bordeaux (museums, riverside cafés, casino, international boutiques and gourmet restaurants).

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  • Castle Troisoleil

    Pont-Saint-Esprit, Gard

    Grade
    18
    8
    2
    4
    Ref: FLG327

    In the heart of Provence, the magnificent Castle Troisoleil awaits you with its two 18th-century gold sand-coloured towers, erected among the vineyards on a 2-hectare park with a French garden. In the courtyard, beautiful esplanades refreshed by a pretty fountain shaded by an ancient mulberry tree, invite you to relax between the swimming pool (91m², open Apr-Oct) and patio and its lovely pigeon loft, plus a Jacuzzi and sauna. There is also a charming conservatory (unheated) which provides a lovely area to relax. The majestic interior has twenty rooms including two kitchens, eight bedrooms, four bathrooms and a grand living room, and the owner lives within another part of the property. From here you can enjoy the generous sun of the Languedoc, on the banks of the Rhône River in the historic town of Pont-Saint-Esprit which backs on to the Cévennes, near the Gorges of Ardèche and the stunning Chauvet Cave. The beautiful valley of the Cèze, the majestic Pont du Gard and the medieval town of Uzès are all are worth seeing.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. Spiral stairs to first floor: Sitting room with open fire. Dining room. Kitchen. Two separate WCs. Spiral stairs to second floor: Eight double bedrooms, two with additional single bed, one with open-tread ladder style stairs. Bathroom/WC with bath and shower. Two shower rooms/WC. Shower room (no WC). Steps and sloping ceilings in some rooms

    • Garden with fountain
    • Terrace
    • Jacuzzi
    • Sauna
    • Underfloor electric heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Two satellite TVs
    • DVD
    • CD/Stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 500m from shops, restaurants and river fishing, 3.5km from Pont-Saint-Esprit (restaurants, museum), 11km from Bagnols-sur-Cèze (museums, shops).

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  • Courry

    Courry

    Grade
    18
    9
    3
    9
    Ref: FLG131

    On the edge of Gard and the Ardèche, surrounded by the the stunning scenery of the Cévennes, this holiday property is situated in huge wooded grounds of more than one hectare. The property offers a large, well-equipped kitchen, barbecue, covered terrace and air-conditioned (at cost) bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. For leisure, guests can choose between hiking, swimming, gold panning, fishing and according to the season, picking chestnuts and mushrooms. The small, charming village of Courry is rich in attractions or you can explore the Cocalière cave, one of the most beautiful in France, or the hamlet of Reboul, with its old cobbled street. Spend the day in Uzès, 48km, with its beautiful architecture, ’Tour Bermonde’ tower and a Saturday market. Fishing opportunities can be found 5km away, and for families, there is a public swimming pool 25km from the property. Shop 5km, restaurant 1km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, 9 bedrooms: 8 double, 1 twin, all with en-suite shower room with toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, 3 highchairs, 9 colour TVs (French channels only), stereo/CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Up to 3 pets welcome. No smoking please.

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  • La Maison du Jardin

    Marsillargues, Hérault

    Grade
    18
    12
    0
    6
    Ref: FR187

    This former farm is an exceptional property dating back to Napoleonic times situated on the main street of a bustling large village. The house is very attractively furnished in a totally unique way, full of antiques and objets d’art of every kind. It has its own enclosed park-type garden with imposing cedars, lawns and tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls). This end terrace holiday property benefits from two shaded terraces for al fresco dining and pool with security immersion alarm. Local shops and restaurants within 2 minutes’ walk in village. Every year there is a local fair during the last week of July. 3km for hypermarket in Aimargues. Mediterranean beaches, fishing ports, seafood restaurants and bike hire at le Grau-du-Roi 20 minutes’ drive and Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer 40 minutes’ drive. Nîmes 35km and Montpellier 32km both offer many attractions including concerts, exhibitions, historic monuments and golf.

    Ground floor: Living room, sliding doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Three bedrooms: Two double, one with en-suite shower room/WC, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, shower cubicle and sauna, one single. First floor: Sitting room. Conservatory. Nine bedrooms: One single leading to single leading to kingsize with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower cubicle (can also be accessed via staircase from ground floor single). One twin leading to kingsize with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment. Two single, one with en-suite bathroom/WC. One twin. One double with curtained off en-suite shower room/WC. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terraces
    • Pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.5m to 2.5m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Piano
    • Tennis court
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Maximum sleeps 14 + 4 children.

    Location: 3km from Lunel, 35km from Nîmes (Porta Augusta, aqueduct, Temple of Diane) 32km from Montpellier (lively city, shopping mall, bars, restaurants, Saint-Pierre Cathedral).

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  • Château de Villers

    Allonne, Oise

    Grade
    19
    10
    0
    7
    Ref: F60112

    Ever dreamed of holidaying in a French château, this is your chance. Set just outside Beauvais, this spacious 18th century detached château with its antique furniture, large day rooms, games room, extensive landscaped grounds and tennis court makes it possible. It is tastefully decorated in period style and on each floor the bedrooms have lockable interconnecting doors. Relax in the grounds, play tennis or explore the lovely city of Beauvais. Enjoy a trip to Paris by car to see the sights, drive through the pretty villages and unspoilt countryside of this region or Parc Astérix with its wide range of amusement rides is under an hour away. The gardener access the grounds for maintenance, and the house keeper lives in the lodge at the entrance to the château’s grounds. The discreet owners stay in an apartment in the château, accessed by a shared side entrance and staircase, from Friday to Sunday to assist with departures and arrivals.

    Living room. Sitting room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Games room. WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms, one with en-suite shower room. Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom (for child). Shower room. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with basin, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, shower attachment and bidet. Two twin bedrooms, one with basin, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Bathroom. WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Fenced river in grounds
    • Courtyard
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Three cots
    • Three highchairs
    • Tennis court
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from Allonne (shop, café/bar, restaurant and most facilities), 3km from Beauvais (all facilities).

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  • Château de Villejovet

    Ardentes, Indre

    Grade
    20
    10
    0
    9
    Ref: FEC002

    Château de Villejovet is located in the southern part of the Loire Valley, directly on the River Indre. This grand property has been lovingly restored and transformed into an exclusive holiday resort with approximately 1000 m² of grounds. The result is a small castle of extraordinary beauty, which has been equipped to a very good standard, and has the benefit of a swimming pool on the large terrace. Château de Villejovet is perfect for meetings, family reunions, celebrations and family holidays or friends alike. An ideal base for families, this property offers many facilities to keep everyone entertained of all ages, including free internet access, satellite TV, tennis court (cement), football field, outdoor table tennis and squash court. Guest also have the possibility of fishing along the river, 3km away. Golf course nearby. Please note: The property layout is over 5 floors.

    Living room/dining room. Sitting room. Two further dining rooms. Two kitchens. Games room. Ten double bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with corner bath and shower cubicle. Eight shower room/WCs. Four separate WCs

    • Garden with sloping banks
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool
    • Oil central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • CD/stereo
    • Internet access
    • Two cots
    • Two h/chairs
    • Pool table
    • Basketball hoop
    • Table tennis
    • Football field
    • Squash court
    • Tennis court
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Start day Friday
    • NB: Sloping ceilings and low beams in some rooms. Steps to pool. Unfenced river 50m.

    Location: 50m from River Indre, 2.5km from shops and restaurants, 15km from Châteauroux (city, all facilities), 15km from Le Poinçonnet (shops, bars, restaurants), 29km from Villedieu (18-hole golf course), 124km from Poitiers (airport, church, cathedral, shops, restaurants).

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