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On the scent trail in France

Pick up a car and follow your nose to the country’s sweet spots

With its picturesque towns and villages, hillsides striped with grapevines and famously beautiful people, France is pretty hot stuff in the looks department. So it’s maybe no surprise that it smells great, too, with French perfume being among the best in the world.

The birthplace of Coco Chanel and home to Grasse – where a fragrance museum traces how it became the world’s perfume capital – this is a country with heady scents at every turn. And there’s no need to sniff out the most fragrant spots, because we’ve done the work for you. From lavender gardens to elegant perfumeries, here are the best spots to stop and smell the tuberoses.

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Paris in bloom