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Oct 18, 2017 - 01:29 PM
It is a confusion many users have, so here's a little explanation to clear it up I had written for Arty a while ago, hope it helps!
"Here it's one of those cases where French and English differ, so you just have to learn it as an expression: Close to = Près de.
One thing that can help is to think that in French we use "de" with many location expressions.
Where in English we say: Far FROM, next TO, in front OF...
In French we say: Loin DE, à côté DE, en face DE..."