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“Picking up a French accent” — Chicago Tribune


PARIS — Many people fantasize about owning a little place in France, with its culture, history and unhurried lifestyle.

But who can afford it? Properties are prohibitively expensive, especially with the weakened value of the dollar against the euro.

Some Americans have found a new way to live out their dream through fractional ownership.

“This place is so special and is still magic for us,” said Ron Maddux who, along with his wife, Donna, from Fredericksburg, Texas, have a share in Maison Bleue, a three-bedroom house in the south of France 30 minutes from the beach.

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