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  1. Macron has taken a very difficult decision and is being pilloried for it; whichever, someone had to do it, the Socialists are too lily livered and Le Pen wouldn't dare. Time the far left unions grew up. Oh and perhaps their links to Moscow might be investigated?
    6 points
  2. I think there’s only one now sadly,but he is doing a good job
    4 points
  3. You could not pay me enough to buy a chateaux in France. Especially that one. One way ticket to bankruptcy. Back to the photo, I’m guessing it is 100 % in a place that you really really don’t want to live in. I like the three guys looking at it in the first photo. Lol. ´Who the **** could we sell that to’ ? ‘ I know, what about some Brits’. ’They could have their own Tv show’
    4 points
  4. Rather than talk about the absurdity of ‘the real Ken’ or ‘the fake Ken’ (both fill me with horror), I though that it might be better to return to the original point of the thread. A very high percentage of French citizens when asked if they’re in favour of the pension reforms being forced through by Macron say ......... “No”. Not terribly surprising. If I was asked the same question and I was (for example) a 50yo, I’d say the same thing. Then ask ........ “Do you perhaps accept that the current circumstances are unaffordable on an ongoing basis?” I just think that you’d get a different answer from the majority of people ............ if they replied honestly to the question. I can only speak for what I hear and witness around here in (very) rural France. Many, if not most, feel that the State will provide from taxes gained from ‘the rich’. They don’t feel that it’s for them to contribute in any way, mostly to the point of evading taxation. Deluded, frankly. Don’t get me wrong - lived here for nearly 20 yrs and wouldn’t move back to the UK unless we absolutely had to. But the French are really quite blinkered.
    3 points
  5. Unfortunately, Mihai, there are posters here who tend towards disruptive, self-opinionated and belligerent retorts towards other posters content when it fails to chime with their own. This is likely to be a factor, along with the unsolicited advertising and second rate software, contributing to the overall demise of this 20+ year forum. Anyway, good luck in your endeavour to track down and uncover the location and owner of the property.
    3 points
  6. Goodness me ALBF. What has Gary Linekar ever done to you? Did you once nearly choke on a Walkers crisp or something.
    3 points
  7. Lineker has been vocal about the plight of migrants for some time and has housed people arriving from Ukraine so this is not some 'stunt'.
    3 points
  8. The UK government spends £7 million a day keeping asylum seekers in hotels etc because the asylum processing system is an absolute mess with over 150K waiting for their cases to be dealt with, do you think that's a good use of taxpayers money? Lineker made a comment about the language used by the government over the 'small boats' issue and likened that to what was being said in Germany in the 1930's, he is spot on and millions agree with him in the UK.
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  9. Having our neighbour turning up at our front door in tears asking us to look after her grand daughter. She (the grandmother) had to go to hospital urgently Our eldest, at 3, was in the grand daughter's class at the school at the bottom of our garden. The fact that she came to us rather than others in the village who she had known all her life made us feel we had been accepted by the community.
    3 points
  10. Came over in 2003 on a trip to view houses etc. (Moved here in 2004) - minor first success, but ordering two coffees and a box of café crème cigars at Charles de Gaulle airport upon arrival - in the first French that I had spoken to a real French person ever - and receiving said articles - result! Never did a coffee and cigar taste so good😊
    3 points
  11. A little pat on the back for the sterling work by the moderators. Just lately the world, his brother/sister/them are joining the forum and don't seem to be active unless they are selling their services. Some of which are quite bizzare. Well done everybody
    2 points
  12. Will the real slim shady…please stand up…please stand up
    2 points
  13. Ken, I doubt that you account has been hacked, otherwise you would have to log back into your account after each fake post. Probably more to do with the quote function, and the ability to edit quotes and their coding.
    2 points
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  15. But he's right in what he said however crude and the fact that he's been taken off air shows how controlling the current UK government is unless you believe the decision wasn't influenced by them.
    2 points
  16. https://twitter.com/F3Aquitaine/status/1631720098909102080
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  18. Normally, facing the wall, as you would to wash your feet.
    2 points
  19. Being that much older than when I had my first encounter, I now find it far easier to stand and do one foot at a time.
    2 points
  20. OK then, working out which way to sit on the bidet ?
    2 points
  21. How would anyone on the forum start selling a couple of kilos of drugs? Set up a stand on the street corner? Contact your local/usual drug deal and come to an agreement? The papers here in Nantes are regularly populated with shootings, knife attacks and other violence between regular dealers. Not to mention Kalashnikov round penetrating random cars and houses. Of course I may be mis judging the criminal tendances of the members of the forum. If you watched "Gold" it gave an indication of how difficult it is to capitalise on an unexpected illegal fortune. I await enlightenment 😇
    2 points
  22. Kenny, Kenny, you make a lot of assumptions. But in order for you to insult me, I would first have to value your opinion.
    2 points
  23. Whilst I will always defend the 'right to strike' the on-going efforts to stop pension reform is merely just another example of the French refusing to accept change even though the majority realise that change is needed. The country simply cannot afford for the shrinking working population to retire from the age of 62, countries all over the world are raising retirement ages so why do people here think France should be different? Going back to the 'nationality' conversation, I think it's right for those who intend to spend the rest of their lives here to strive for the extra security that nationality brings, we've pushed our kids in that direction and for our youngest it's the only way he can obtain his desire to be a full time pompier.
    2 points
  24. Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.
    2 points
  25. I'm not talking about Brexit. We're talking about France. Should I have a say in your kids or your other halves future? Absolutely! After all they have a say in mine. It's called democracy. You personally may choose not to take part but as someone once said 'the rules are made by those who turn up'.
    2 points
  26. Seems the council in Nantes as found a new centre to discharge rubbish to: Nantes. Brève reprise de la collecte des déchets, mais les centres sont toujours bloqués La ville de Nantes annonce, ce jeudi 30 mars, à 6 h 30, la reprise partielle de la collecte des déchets. Mais elle a été de courte durée. Selon la CGT, les camions seraient rentrés et les centres (Janvraie, Etier et Grande-Bretagne) sont à nouveau bloqués.
    1 point
  27. It's the Swedish tall ship Götheborg
    1 point
  28. Quem deus vult perdere prius dementat.
    1 point
  29. I remember it well .. likewise .. mortgage was more than one of our salaries, which was OK, till one or the other lost their job. We survived .. as you do. 4. whatever percent seems incredibly low to me to borrow at!
    1 point
  30. It must be age, but I view with increased scepticism the "sound bites" these reports come out with. The "hose pipe of lies" affected by Trump et al means that, by the time you check the facts and find the errors, time and the story has moved on. I too thought the figures very questionable. But, like Macron's watch, that is what grabs the headlines, not the real story.
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  33. I cant see the weird thing that you are describing ?? I have spent enough time trying to track down this house. It is a needle in a haystack unless we have more info. There is nothing in those photos that gives us a slightest clue.
    1 point
  34. Colour me stupid then. The UK Government pension scheme has kept us in the life style we are used to in France for the past 27 years 😁
    1 point
  35. The French always hate their Presidents. It's a national sport.
    1 point
  36. I understand the 'why' but don't agree with the 'how'. This type of power should only be used in times of real crisis such as a war, you have to take the public with you if want to pass controversial legislation not force it through regardless.
    1 point
  37. I’ve viewed this thread for several days and (understandably), most of it has seemed to revolve around whether GL is a good bloke or a bad bloke. The issue, which few of us can disagree with you’d think, is that uncontrolled immigration in to the UK is unsustainable. You could argue forever the reasons for people wanting to make the the UK their ‘final destination’. Soft touch? Personally, I’m inclined to think so. However ............ you’d think, wouldn’t you, that the combined strength and intelligence gathering capability of the French & UK Security Services would be able to identify and shut down the people traffickers? They have the powers to act - just let them loose. Yes, I appreciate that the ‘bad guys’ are multi-national, across several continents, but this is a nettle that has to be grasped. Take them out and you’re some way towards solving the problem.
    1 point
  38. YES the BBC has scored an own goal (to coin a phrase!) I bend towards what DB and some others have said. GL is a freelancer (NOT employed by the BBC) and does presentations on other channels too. He did not say the government was acting like the Nazis, he objected to the language used by Braverman. He did NOT say any of this on TV or on his programme. He tweeted this on his own account. What Braverman (for Braverman read the government) wants is for us to see the migrants not as individuals with families and problems and fears and worries but as "floods", "hoards", "masses", "thousands"....faceless and "not our problem". I believe that in the past, this was called depersonalisation. Just give them a number, even one tattooed on an arm....reminds you of something? Actually, but for some twist of fate, one of us could very well have ended up as one of the boat migrants.
    1 point
  39. Freedom of speech works when you have not signed a contract preventing you from sharing your political beliefs and more importantly not saying stupidities. He said something stupid. He was also paid handsomely to work in Qatar. How do you take him seriously ? I have been to a concentration camp and it was the most harrowing experience of my life. I doubt very much Gary has otherwise he would not have said what he did. Stopping boats, well you pick them up, give them something to eat, medical assistance if required and then take them back to France. Who is going to pay 5000 euros for a return trip. So that breaks the people smugglers model staight away. Then you set up a housing (there used to be one until Sarky knocked it down) and process people with dignity they deserve. But Mr Macron says non. So maybe Gary should vent his anger at the EU. The EU just spends its money on building fences in the baltics. There was a report on F3 last night about a village that is going to house migrants. Most of the village says non and a few say yes. So they are protesting against each other in the street. Same problems in France as the UK. I wish peeps would stopping picking on the UK when it does its bit…and it does it a lot more humanly.
    1 point
  40. Apparently it originally meant making use of the services of "ladies of the night" without paying. https://www.lefigaro.fr/langue-francaise/expressions-francaises/2017/07/11/37003-20170711ARTFIG00010-mais-d-o-vient-poser-un-lapin.php
    1 point
  41. Finding my way to work for my first day. That was from Montpanasse in central Paris to Gennevillers. I still today have no idea how I made it alive.
    1 point
  42. Being naive isn't an insult. It's statement of fact. You are confused!
    1 point
  43. Does that mean it's now OK with you if I get the vote? 😉😀
    1 point
  44. Your last point brings us back to the Brexit vote. I think when you reach a certain age (myself included) you let the younger generation decide. I still think that the majority of those Brits of a certain age seeking French nationality should be excluded because it is not relevant to their lives and it clogs the system. And they dont seem to have the expérience of France to make any informed decision. So should these types have the vote ? Should they have a say on my kids or my other halves future ? Have they grown up in France an understand the main issues. Well no. A former member of this forum still spills his shît in other places telling us us all to break the law and not pay this that and the other. Giving unworthy advice to those seeking advice. No kids, not married knows nothing apart from the shell he lives in. Given his own self admiration of his French skills, and if someone told him the birthdate of Nepolean could potentially get French nationality. Being a fighter for France, pay all my taxes, make people smile and laugh when out and about, have a crit air sticker on all my cars and van, cross my t’s and play by the rules…I…..find that quite unsettling.
    1 point
  45. So I guess you can't stand me ALBF. I'm one of those 'self serving muppets' in that I am in the process of applying for French Nationality. Two reasons really. The first is that I want the right to vote. I feel I should have a say in who gets to spend my taxes. Secondly I can very well imagine myself ending up in an EPAD. I've no family and, as for moving to the UK, I spent ten years there once & didn't like it. My right to live in France currently requires me to apply for a residency card every ten years. What if I became too infirm to go through the formalities? I read recently about a woman with dementia in Sweden who is being deported back to the UK because she was unable to complete her residency application despite being in a care home for the past seven years. You are right, not having French Nationality doesn't have that much of a bearing on my life currently but who knows what might happen to any of us in the future. As I intend to die here, I'd rather apply now instead of waiting until it does become life threatening.
    1 point
  46. I do agree. There is a case for those of us married to a French person and have kids to get French nationalty. I mean to protect the kids in any unforeseen events. But I personally would not do it. I like being British in France and the French like me being British in France. The kids love me being British. French nationality won’t change who I am or bring anything to the table. Retired British peeps in the Dordogne or wherever don’t need French nationality and they are stupid to think they do. They really tend to know nothing about France or had to go through the daily grind of French life. So how can they suddenly become French by knowing when Napoleon was born ? Sell a house in the UK, buy a nice stoney house with a pool and a big garden and paint their shutters Provence blue and then get French nationality. Then spend all day patronising peeps on Brit forums telling everyone how crāp the UK is. Oh yes, that is really typical French behaviour. I bet most will return to the UK so they don’t have to end up in a French ehpad anyway. BTW, most French love the UK, so why slag it off all the time just because you have French nationality ? More French live in the UK than Brits do in France. They are also the biggest investors in property in the UK. Also, do these self serving muppets realize they are clogging the French administration system up for others. There are thousands of people in France in desperate need of French nationalit to live and work. The British don’t need it. It is not life threatening. It will have no bearing on your life. For others in desperate need in France, it does. So yeah, I can’t stand these peeps. Anyway, that is my rant over.
    1 point
  47. I quite agree. Perhaps they half heartedly mean they now have 'French Nationality' rather than being French! I would have thought than anyone with half a brain cell would understand they can never be anything other than the nationality they were born too! A piece of paper changes nothing other than the legality of nationality. I wonder if the same people would say the same thing had they changed their 'nationality' to that of, say, Rwanda or the Congo!!!!
    1 point
  48. Ah, the English Frenchman😀. Haven't been on a ferry in years but I remember them well. Sorta like this
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