What protection if not married?

We have friends who have a second home in France. They are not married. Joan has never been married and has no children; John is divorced and has two adult children.
If either dies they want the survivor to retain the house to use as they wish and without being forced to sell or buy out other claimants who may be eligible to a share under French inheritance law. How may this be achieved?

Where a couple are not married (and not in a civil partnership), there is no obvious solution under the usual French rules, says honorary avocat Gerard Barron.

What is more even if one could be ...

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