If we've inspired you to visit France, enter our competition to win one of nine weekend breaks for two people to the following French cities: Amiens, Le Havre, Marseilles, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nantes, Rouen, Toulouse and Avignon. The prizes include first-class travel with Rail Europe or club-class travel on LD Lines' ferries, depending on your destination. Hotel accommodation is also included.

PRIZE DESCRIPTIONS

All prizes are for 2 people and include:

Amiens

Return tickets with Rail Europe from London Waterloo or Ashford, Kent to Amiens. First-class tickets.

2 nights in a 2* hotel. Double room. Breakfast included. 2 City passes (including free entry to tourist attractions and discounts)

Terms and conditions:

VALID FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR SUNDAY NIGHT

VALID FROM 1/1/07 - 31/03/07

Prize courtesy of Amiens Tourist Office www.amiens.com/tourisme and Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk

Avignon

Return tickets with Rail Europe from London Waterloo or Ashford, Kent to Avignon. First-class tickets.

2 nights in the 3* Mercure Palais des Papes or Mercure Pont. Double or twin room. Breakfast included. Entrance to the Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) and Pont d’Avignon and wine tasting at the Bouteillerie of the palace.



Terms and conditions:

VALID FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

VALID THROUGHOUT 2007, EXCLUDING EASTER AND JULY.



Prize courtesy of Avignon Tourist Office www.palais-des-papes.com, Palais des Papes and Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk





Le Havre

Return ferry crossing with LD Lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre (2 people/1 car). Club class seats.

1 night in a 3* hotel. Twin or double room. Breakfast included.

2 Tickets to 'Le Havre reconstructed by A. Perret' exhibition

Walking tour in English

2 Tickets to the Malraux museum

Dinner for 2

Terms and conditions:

VALID FRIDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT

VALID FROM 1/1/07 - 10/07/07

Prize courtesy of Le Havre Tourist Office www.lehavretourisme.com and LD Lines www.ldlines.com

Marseilles

Return tickets with Rail Europe from London Waterloo or Ashford, Kent to Marseilles. First-class tickets.

2 nights in the 4* Grand Hotel Mercure Beauvau. Double room. Breakfast included.

2 "48 hour" City passes

Terms and conditions:

VALID FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT

VALID FROM 1/1/07 - 30/04/07

Prize courtesy of Marseilles Tourist Office www.marseille-tourisme.com, Grand Hotel Mercure Beauvau www.mercure.com and Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk

Montpellier

Return tickets with Rail Europe from London Waterloo or Ashford, Kent to Montpellier. First-class tickets.

2 nights in 3* Mercure Montpellier Centre. Twin or double room. Breakfast included.

2 "24 hour" City passes

Terms and conditions:

VALID FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT

VALID FROM 1/1/07 - 31/12/07

Prize courtesy of Montpellier Tourist Office www.ot-montpellier.fr, Mercure Montpellier Centre www.mercure.com and Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk

Mulhouse

Return tickets with Rail Europe from London Waterloo or Ashford, Kent to Mulhouse. First-class tickets.

2 nights in a 3* hotel. Double room. Breakfast included.

2 "48 hour" Museum passes

Dinner for 2 in a typical Alsace restaurant (Winstub)

Terms and conditions:

VALID EVERY DAY

VALID FROM 1/1/07 - 31/10/07

Prize courtesy of Mulhouse Tourist Office www.tourisme-mulhouse.com and Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk

Nantes

Return tickets with Rail Europe from London Waterloo or Ashford, Kent to Nantes. First-class tickets.

2 nights in a 3* hotel. Twin or double room. Breakfast included.

2 "48 hour" City passes (includes free transport, cycle hire, 10% discount at Galeries Lafayette and more)

Terms and conditions:

VALID FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT

VALID FROM 1/1/07 - 01/09/07

Prize courtesy of Nantes Tourist Office www.nantes-tourisme.com and Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk

Rouen

Return ferry crossing with LD Lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre (2 people/1 car). Club class seats.

2 nights in a 3* hotel. Twin or double room. Breakfast included.

2 Museum passes

2-day travel pass

Welcome gift from Rouen Tourist Office

Terms and conditions:

VALID FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT

VALID THROUGHOUT 2007

Prize courtesy of Rouen Tourist Office www.rouentourisme.com and LD Lines www.ldlines.com

Toulouse

Return tickets with Rail Europe from London Waterloo or Ashford, Kent to Toulouse. First-class tickets.

2 nights in the 3* Novotel Centre Toulouse. Double room. Breakfast included.

2 City passes "Toulouse en Liberte"

Terms and conditions:

VALID FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT

VALID FROM 1/1/07 - 30/06/07

Prize courtesy of Toulouse Tourist Office www.toulouse-tourisme.com, Novotel Centre Toulouse www.novotel.com and Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk

All travel and accommodation is subject to terms and availability and must be arranged at least 14 days prior to departure. Unless outlined in the above descriptions all other costs/extras will be the responsibility of the winner.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. There will be one draw per prize. Each prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, not employed by MDLF or The Independent. Persons directly involved in the administration of these prize draws are also excluded.

2. All travel and hotel accommodation is subject to terms and availability and must be arranged at least 14 days prior to departure.

3. No purchase necessary. Entries for each competition must be received by 23.59pm on Wednesday 27/12/06. MDLF and The Independent cannot accept any responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or modified in transit.

4. Maximum of one entry per household per prize is permitted.

5. MDLF and The Independent reserve the right to suspend, change or terminate the prize draws at any time and for any reason, without notice. It is a condition of entry that the rules are accepted as final and that the entrants agree to abide by the rules. The prizes are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and there is no cash alternative. There will be no refund in the event of cancellation by the winner. These prizes are subject to availability and are to be taken as described in 'Prize descriptions'.

6. All correct and complete entries will be entered into the prize draws, which will take place on 28/12/06. The prizes are not available in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.

7. The prizes will be awarded to the first names drawn at random from all complete entries received for the competitions. The winners will be notified within 28 days of the prize draw. The editor's decision will be final. MDLF and The Independent will not enter into correspondence on any matter to do with the prize draws. The decision of MDLF and The Independent shall be final and legally binding.

8. Winners will be responsible for arranging their own passports, visas, insurance and making the necessary health checks.

9. Neither the promoters, nor MDLF will be liable for any circumstances beyond its reasonable control that prevent a prize being taken up by a winner.

10. By entering this promotion, entrants are agreeing to abide by these rules and any conditions.

11. Standard Independent terms and conditions apply. For more information visit www.independent.co.uk/legal

12. Promoter: Maison de la France, 178 Piccadilly, London W1J 9AL.

Rail Europe is a specialist in French and European rail travel. As the UK's largest distributor of European rail tickets and with more than 100 years of experience, Rail Europe is the smart way to discover Europe. Its network of 300km/h services will carry you swiftly and comfortably to hundreds of destinations, without the traffic jams or lengthy airport check-ins. Take the train and you'll travel in comfort from city centre to city centre, arriving relaxed, rested and ready to make the most of your break. Travelling by train is also, of course, the eco-friendly option. For more information, visit www.raileurope.co.uk or call 08708 304 862.

LD Lines provides a daily ferry link between Portsmouth and Le Havre. From 10 December, the service only gets better, as you can travel in comfort in the Exclusive Lounge's new sleeper seats. Book early for great prices in 2007: for more information, log on to www.ldlines.co.uk or call 0870 428 4335.

Not sure which city you'd like to visit? Then go to www.franceguide.com before you enter the competition or plan your visit to France. You can download brochures and maps and search for information by region or theme. See www.franceguide.com or call 09068 244 123 (open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, calls cost 60p a minute at all times).

For your chance to win a weekend break in Amiens, Avignon, Le Havre, Marseilles, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nantes, Rouen or Toulouse, plus first class travel with Rail Europe or club class tickets on an LD Lines’ ferry, click here.

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