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  1. Lori, as a poor sighted creature, I would suggest you get your eyes checked. Progressives in France, varifocals elsewere, do need to be corretly fitted and whilst optometrists can now test, it is still very useful to get your eyes checked up by a opthalmologist. The puffs etc are nasty, but that is checking for glaucoma and such, and quite honetly, the older we get, it probably best done in spite of your disllike. The drops a necessary evil to look at the back of the eye .. to see the health of your eye.. They check for disease also. Since I've worn glasses since I was 3 years old, I got very used to having my eyes poked at etc .. better safe than sorry. If you were any where near to me, I would recommend my opthalmologist ... a caring person, he did both my cataracts, and understood my fear during the ops .. all happily perfectly done. The minimal you can do is to go to an optemistrict, or optician, and see if they will make a new pair to your old prescription, but he might recommend you get a test, and quite honestly, it's not the route I would chose to go with a prescription so old. Frankly, your sight is precious, it's not worth messing around with.
    4 points
  2. "But now my President’s continued equivocation is unforgivable. Macron should shut up. Just add up his latest statements. No EU membership for Ukraine for decades. No NATO membership for Kyiv either. Repeated warnings not to humiliate Russia. All this plays in the hands of Putin and no-one else. Recall that back in 2019, Macron was waxing rhapsodic on Russia as “a true European nation, heir to the Enlightenment” – a notion that applied in its time to Turgenev and Chekhov, not to Vladimir today. Look at Macron’s latest project, the “multi-tier EU” (or EU-lite) for those European countries that France and Germany disapprove of. That thing doesn’t exist, isn’t financed, has no known shape and hasn’t been agreed by anyone except a Macron-called “Conference for the Future of Europe” in which citizens drawn by lots were invited to provide “unmediated” public opinion, which somehow would be truer. Macron’s entire education, like that of most French elites, has taught him to respect strength and power, not courage. It’s the ethos of the civil service that shaped him, and it’s simple defeatism" Anne-Elizabeth Moutet https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/14/defended-emmanuel-macrons-approach-russia-now-unforgivable/
    3 points
  3. It's good that Macron is being "called out". He really is a dreadful little creep, and personally I think the damage he has done to Anglo-French relations over Brexit won't be repaired in my lifetime. Which is a shame because ten years ago I really felt that relations were the best they ever had been, but Macron's pettiness and vindictiveness has smashed all that.
    3 points
  4. That might be your interpretation of the phrase 'being frank' but my definition is that it is a precursor to an honest opinion as opposed to a comment meant to inflame or initiate a response. Everyone on this forum has the right to agree or disagree. I was responding to ALBF's somewhat threatening comment "Choose wisely my friend" which implied there may be consequences if I decided to visit another forum. I repeat, we are talking message boards here not picking sides for WW3 ( although it sometimes feels like it ).
    3 points
  5. Well I just have no interest in discussing the state of the nation on forum. Just because there is a lot of sh1te out there, doesn't mean you have to wallow in it all the time. Like I said, I go on forums mostly to chill out and unwind and have a bit of fun discussing random topics with posters that give out friendly vibes, that you can have a laugh with. So right now, on the forum you don't visit any more we're having a grand chinwag about pizza toppings in France and whether it's OK to put potatoes on them. And there's a thread that I started weeks back about paper tax returns that is still chugging along - I started it for a bit of advice, which I got, then it rambled on for a bit, and just recently I've been able to give another poster a good tip that hopefully will help them. On a different forum we're debating the pros and cons of using static cling window tint in motorhomes, and the pros and cons ofvarious cooking appliances such as slow cookers, steamers, induction hobs etc. That's the kind of discussion I like, everyday stuff that is mildly interesting to a wide cross section of posters. Nothing aggressive, nobody winding each other up or standing on their soapboxes or getting huffy or rubbishing other people's posts, and certainly not going round and round and round the same old depressing issues to do with French/English/EU politics. The best discussion I saw on here recently, which I couldn't join in because I had nothing to contribute but I did follow it for a bit, was about Ken's driveway!
    3 points
  6. @RiggersThanks for the vote of confidence LOL, it is not often that people say I am well-balanced! But you are right, I do see a lot of good things, and plenty bad things, but I try to stay cool and not let one blind me to the other. Yes it is rude but it's worse than that, it's dismissive and arrogant. Everybody has limited life experience, including you ALBF and perhaps especially you. For somebody who claims to regret the divisions in society, dismissing everybody who doesn't happen to live your middle-of-the-road lifestyle and share your MOTR preoccupations, and saying these people don't have anything to say that's worth listening to, is a very divisive thing to do, don't you think? People don't like being brushed aside. By the time you've dismissed all the childless couples and single people because they haven't put kids through school, and all the retirees because they're retired, and all the gite owners because they own gites, and all the other groups of people who don't happen to think like you do, you've marginalised a whole lotta peeps. I think me an' Norm and a few gite owners should have a demonstration and throw tins of beans or whatever it was at all you smug middle-of-the-roadie types who think you "are" France and everybody outside your circle is chaff Only joking ALBF, as always, but as always not entirely.
    3 points
  7. Short of the first sentence, I found this to be incredibly rude.
    3 points
  8. Yes. Sorry to disappoint but no, still alive and well, still gainfully employed in France. Totally agree. Also, generally, with Catalpa. One or two of the posts on this thread sent my irony meter off the scale. Either they were written tongue in cheek or some posters never look in a mirror. I used to like the friendly banter and the sharing of random experiences, it was a feelgood place to come for a bit of lighthearted chat or to discuss what was on your mind. There was the guy who used to be on call for gite guests who had endless stories- folks who called him out just to switch the TV on, and daft stuff like that - and he had a way of telling them that made me laugh. Other posters too could be relied on to bring a bit of sunshine in their posts. It's a long time since I found much feelgood about it. I find it way too serious and judgmental with a hard core of posters taking it in turn to get up on their soapboxes and ram their views down the throats of anyone who will listen. I never went on forums and particularly expat forums to get heavy about politics or French news and current affairs, I go to other places for that. I mainly use forums as a bit of a break from the serious side of life. A discussion is good now and again as long as it doesn't get confrontational and personal and repetitive but discussions on here frequently seem to me to be all those things. But I realise that others have a different perception and are happy with what the forum has become.
    3 points
  9. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the result of the Eurovision Song Contest. To be fair I didn't watch it, ever since Terry Wogan passed on it hasn't been worth watching! Anyway, a forgone conclusion that Ukraine would win no matter what they sang, even "my old man's a dustman" would have won it. But Britain coming second did offer some surprise. Whilst I thought it sums up how people feel over the Ukraine invasion I was rather pleased, with a huge dose of smugness and satisfaction thrown in, to see France and Germany coming in last!! Not that I want any Frenchman or German entertainer who has put in the work to lose out but because of circumstances it was a complete waste of their time and effort. The message was very clear across Europe: 'We support Ukraine and Britain's efforts but deplore the behaviour of the Leaders of France and Germany'. The message couldn't have been clearer. The song contest in itself is trivial but the message this one sent was very strong indeed. I hope Macron and Scholz are metaphorically now beating their heads against the wall!!! Well maybe not even metaphorically!!!
    2 points
  10. LIke you I don't watch the Eurovision Song Contest, but even I had become aware that either we had - over the last few years - become totally talentless (musically speaking) as a nation, or that voting had little to do with the music and a great deal to do with how other nations currently perceive each other, fairly or unfairly. There seemed little doubt that Russia had over a few years got a fair few votes from the East bloc because the latter were scared of them, and that we got very few votes because we were perceived as "b!ggering up the EU dream". Well, haven't the jolly old tables turned now. I was delighted to read the headlines this morning. Good for Ukraine and good for Britain! I suspect The Guardian and its aficionados on here are having a collective nervous breakdown, although they seem to have gone a bit quiet. 😀 On that subject it was fascinating on this forum when the war started to see the usual suspects coming out virtue signalling and damning Britain for its slow response to taking in refugees. Now of course we could have done better, but different countries have different strengths, and one of ours is that we have the sort of military know-how and hardware to assist Ukraine in the fight, and given that we are such an over-crowded island (and that other places like Italy are crying out for more people to revive their rural areas) we did what we were best at, and let other countries do what they are best at. Of course the BBC and similar only see things through their own Britain-bashing prism, so jumped on the slow response in taking in refugees and soft-pedalled all the other vital contributions we were and are making. So it's nice to see that SOME people and countries view us favourably, and last night seems to confirm it, however obliquely.
    2 points
  11. Volodymyr Zelensky has hit out at Emmanuel Macron and accused him of trying "in vain" to have a constructive dialogue with the Russian President. "We must not look for a way out for Russia, and Macron is doing it in vain," the Ukrainian President told the Italian TV channel Rai 1. "I know he wanted to get results from mediation between Russia and Ukraine, but he didn't get any," Mr Zelensky said in an interview that was published on his Telegram channel. The Elysee said that Mr Macron had "never discussed anything with Vladimir Putin without the agreement of President Zelensky". "He has always said that it is up to the Ukrainians to decide the terms of their negotiation with the Russians." https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/05/13/ukraine-news-russia-war-latest-finland-nato-putin-live/ Somebody needs to tell Macron to stop interfering!
    2 points
  12. Well I like to be fair, and realistic! Yes many people are contributing money, food, clothing etc. to help Ukraine but the reality is that it is a drop in the ocean. This isn't about a token of 'conscience' where people donate something and then, conscience satisfied, forget about it. This is about Governments, countries and official institutions such as NATO and the U.N. Countries that should be helping on the scale of Britain and the USA but have been pathetic in their response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The one notable exception in the E.U. has been Poland. The E.U. as an institution has been, and still is pathetic, a disgrace in fact. I live in France and think it a wonderful country, with exceptions of course, but its political leadership has always disgusted me. As for saying Rule Britannia is uncalled for; Why? I'm extremely proud that my country is leading the world in its aid to Ukraine and not just with some token food and clothing from the 'people! Rule Britannia.
    2 points
  13. So that's why Macron has proposed a new arrangement for diplomatic relations within the E.U. encompassing Britain! He wants our bloody rain!!!!!!
    2 points
  14. And with that, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury. I rest my case🇯🇪
    2 points
  15. Sorry I've never got the point of National pride. I have never served in the armed forces, never been a member of the civil service, never stood for parliment. Why should I claim credit for things I took no active part in? There are shining lights in Britains history along with dark times. Should I spend my life being ashamed of the dark times because of my place of birth? In my life I have been fortunate enough to have taken part in events that have made me proud to be a human being. That'll do.
    2 points
  16. I would guess that replacing the helpful, practical concrete advice or information that used to be the 'norm' (intentional pun) by opinions unsupported by any evidence that a couple of more recent posters flood the Forum with discourages others from posting.
    2 points
  17. You need the insurance company to send out THEIR inspector. His report is the only one that matters (to the Insurance company). His report will determine what the insurance company will cover. In effect, what estimates of works you need. Estimates from contractors are obtained AFTER the insurance inspectors report has been submitted.
    1 point
  18. You need to research historical droughts and famines in France - the current sleight of hand of "it's the highest temperature ever recorded in France" is deeply suspect IMHO. Why? Ok - here we go. In the days of yore, distinguished educated gentlemen of a scientific bent would religiously record temperatures at the same time time every day from their scrupulously calibrated mercury thermometers installed in a standard stevenson screen at the scientifically correct location for that device -away from buildings, roads, trees, and any source of radiated heat. This was to avoid any undue influence of the surroundings on the accuracy of the measurements. What do they do nowadays? Stick an electronic sensor on the top of a building in the middle of a town with black tarmac roads everywhere and call it an " absolutely true temperature reading - honest guv" Do you see what I'm getting at here? Notes If a sensor or a thermometer is installed within a classic stevenson screen ( that's those funny looking square louvered things on metre high legs painted white) if it's painted with modern paint containing modern titanium dioxide pigment as against the old standard pigment of limewash even that can raise the measured temperature by the contained thermometer by 0.8 F. You can see why nobody is objecting to this. The whole object of this deception is to prove that there is a warming trend. But there has been no warming trend in the USA since the 1930's - it's been cooling ever since then. The warming trend you are seeing in the media is due to fraudulently altered ( adjusted) data, the past records are "cooled" and the current readings are "adjusted" to "prove " warming, that's what is going on. All the above is documented and provable.
    1 point
  19. As ALBF has said, it depends whether it is constructible or not. If it doesn't have a certificate d'urbanism then it will only be of interest to farmers, and non-constructible land is dirt cheap. An agent can do a valuation of the land, even if you won't be selling it with them, but there will be a fee. Also be aware that land that may have been constructible some years ago may now have changed its designation to non-constructible.
    1 point
  20. She is also known for liking bicycles. That's bicycles for us, not for her, she will have a ministerial chauffeur driven car.
    1 point
  21. I rather liked Katie Boyle, myself.
    1 point
  22. Didn't watch it - after TW passed on it was never the same. Dear Old TW took great delight in pointing out all the political voting that took place - and he made us laugh at the predictability of it all. But oh yes - I did enjoy reading today's headlines - a real case of 'thanks' to the UK from the ordinary people of europe. Firstly, obviously, for supporting Ukraine - but how wonderful to see the UK coming second. I, too, took it as a vote from the real people of europe for the UK's tremendous arms support and pychological support for the people of Ukraine. And isn't Mr Z a fabulous leader to have for Ukraine at this time. Pure courage and determination - an amazing man - wish there were more leaders with such principles and honesty - and sheer guts.
    1 point
  23. So, the E.U. can't agree on oil sanctions against Russia!! What a surprise! They are meeting again next month to discuss the 'problem'! Meanwhile the E.U. is effectively financing Russia in its war against Ukraine. There are just one or two E.U. countries that can be proud of what they are doing but collectively the E.U. is an utter disgrace and as an institution should be thoroughly ashamed of the way it is behaving. And people want to be part of the E.U.! Without a doubt Ukraine would be under the heel of Putin now had it not been for the USA and Britain. Those two countries can hold their heads high Rule Britannia
    1 point
  24. Macron is far too vain to stop 'keep trying'! He is looking , as always, to boost his ego. I'm sure that when this war ends he will almost certainly claim credit to some degree. What will be more disappointing is that the French people will probably believe it!!! It's not only the Russians who use propaganda!!!
    1 point
  25. Yes, figuring out an edf bill requires a minimum of BAC+8 (speciality in maths/statistics might help) as well as substantial knowledge of "la divination".
    1 point
  26. We are with EDF for Elec and Gas. Firstly the invoices we receive are a mess and very very confusing. OH has been going through them (she is trained to do this with her job) and they don't add up. No one who is not trained in this stuff won't be able to work them out. Easy way to make money yeah ! EDF website allows you to see 'real time' what your consumption is day/month/yearly. But the invoices and standing orders don't mirror our consumption. So we are delving deep into this matter. At the same time we are looking for alternatives to run the house.PAC/Solar/Wood. PS...taxes & abandonments on your gas and electricity in France is a national disgrace. Our taxes for gas is more than our electricity bill. Or vice versa. So yeah, dig deep into your invoices OP and track you real time consumption. Then go from there.
    1 point
  27. Dear Monsieur Macron.. we are sure that you are a charming and sincere chap but could you please be kind enough to ensure that your policies do not interfere overly with the lives of me and my family Being small of stature need not influence your life or decisions. I love you really, Albf
    1 point
  28. This is the slowest site to load that I visit. It is painfully slow to move from one page to the next. 50% of the time it just 'times out' and shows an error message. Really, really bad and has been this way (at least for me) since the software change. I often just give up on the site. It takes far too long to post anything, read anything or navigate between pages. Never have this issue with any other site I visit.
    1 point
  29. Log In to your account. Select - the settings icon, situated next to the Log-Out button. Select - Data and Privacy. Scroll down the page and select - Manage Your Data. Select - Download Your Data. Select - All Categories. Submit request. When I followed this procedure several years ago, a part of the data they emailed, a couple of days later, contained the 19 digit account number.
    1 point
  30. I thought lunette progressive was the French, and varifocals in English! If you have the prescription you may find it cheaper and quicker and more convenient to get a pair made up online. But I think any professional would recommend a new eye test if you haven't had one for two or three years. Your eyes may not have changed a lot but if you keep the next pair for another 3 years, that'll make it six years between eye examinations which is quite a long time. But it's up to you. I'm not the one to talk, I can easily go five years between eye tests but I know I shouldn't.
    1 point
  31. Having 3 nationalities, 3 passports, a family that has, over the past 3 centuries, established branches in Canada, USA, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Spain, South Africa, Mauritius, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand (at least half of them still flourishing) I can't help feeling that this thread is, if occasionally entertaining, strangely parochial and that for a country in which all/most of us do not live.
    1 point
  32. I know why the sun never sets on the British Empire. God wouldn’t trust an Englishman in the Dark.– John Duncan Spaeth
    1 point
  33. And now the E.U. is going to ban Russian Oil; eventually!!!! A couple of countries get dispensation, but that is par for the course I suppose! As for gas, well Germany can't be without can it so that isn't included in E.U. statement. It was interesting to hear that Germany is blaming Ukraine for the 'diplomatic row' between them. Sweden and Finland going to join N.A.T.O and Poland leading the way with regards aid for Ukraine. Is there actually a purpose of the E.U. other of course than a platform for Macron to strut his ineffectual stuff and the Germans in running the E.U. for its own self interest?
    1 point
  34. Thanks to those who sent private messages - I've seen them, but damned if I can work out how to reply. But very many thanks - really appreciated the help and support, from everyone, private and on here. It's why I love this forum and the posters here 🙂 Apart from the support, the practical information is always useful for others to remember - as in progress re GenA, and other posters' personal experiences. His op went fine; I did ask for Sed/Ep rather than GenA, unless medically contra-indicated, and the Anaesthetist agreed - but not yet found out what they did. Hope to talk to his consultant tomorrow to find out next stage. But again, very many thanks - love the big shoulders and support - you're all wonderful virtual friends 🙂 Chessie
    1 point
  35. I do think you are basically a good guy, but I worry about your mental health. Seriously. You seem to have got so negative and neurotic over the last year or so. Please don't be offended Smeggles but the fact is that your posts were so same old, same old, same old, same old, same old, same old, same old, same old, same old... that it got pretty intolerable. Same old same old is not controversial any more after you've read it for the nth time, it just makes you feel like you're on a merry go round and you can't get off. I don't think I'm partic'ly woke, but you ended up getting right on my nerves, and since you know I like you, I will say that I was glad when you got banned because I thought it would be better for the forum and better for you. It has been better for the forum but I don't think it's been better for you because you've just shifted over hear and posting the same crap. Anyway, what do you see as the great advantage of a "British" expat forum, over a forum for anglophone expats worldwide? I'm curious. I far prefer a mix of nationalities, it's more interesting because you get a far wider range of views, you can connect with people from other cultures and find out stuff about their countries. If you really want to talk France, which I absolutely understand, all you need to do is sign up to one or more of the French online news channels and join in the readers' comments. 'S what I do, well I used to, not so much now. You have to do it in French of course but you are a dab hand with your online translator aren't you. I think you should do that, it may be what you need. I certainly got in over my head several times and been put right. But to be fair, I always found French posters respectful (though that might depend on which site you join I suppose), they can demolish your argument scientifically without actually calling you an eejit LOL. Isn't there something a bit off centre in wanting to talk about France but exclusively with Brits?
    1 point
  36. Chessie, You may not see this until it is too late, but they have significantly improved GA over the years. Comparing the 4 GA ops I've had (2000, 2017, 2019, 2021) each time the receovery period has been reduced with much less discomfort, in fact, after the last in Nov 2021 (second hip replacement) I was so good after it I was amazed, having remembered how I was for the previous hip replacement one in 2017. So your worries about GA may not be needed. However, I totally understand your worries, given what you have told us about OH's health already. Prayers winging your way ...
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  37. ET - thank you, thank you, thank you. I have found myself getting more and more turned off by the perpetual whinging on here but kept coming back as I hadn't found an alternative and hoped, one day, things might improve. Your pizza hint has lead me to another forum which I have just joined. See you on the other side😀
    1 point
  38. ET - I could not agree with you more. Only, I do not know of any other forums where things are more pleasant. I wish I did. I miss the better days of this forum. And I do not believe that all the old posters are dead. I've communicated with several of the undead - that no longer post here. These 'old posters' that no longer post here do not post because they don't want to.
    1 point
  39. Very sorry to read about what's happened to you and your husband, awful thing to be going through. My only - very well worn - advice is to tackle one thing at a time. Most important thing is to get both of you through the operation and its aftermath, only then should you think about the other contributory factors. In other words one thing at a time, and look after yourself as well.
    1 point
  40. Deafening silence from the usual EU-supporting suspects on this forum. And they are the first to complain of an "attitude" problem on another thread. This forum has been hugely improved by the appearance of a few Brexit supporting folk, and the other lot I suspect are better at dishing it out (having had the forum as their fiefdom for too many years) than they are at being on the receiving end....... Has the good old Guardian had anything to say on this matter? 🤣 Normally we're quickly pointed to it as the source of all verities, and all that is good and virtuous.
    1 point
  41. I've just glanced at the code de la route. Vehicles are required to show hazards when their speed is 'strongly reduced'. When part of a queue only the last vehicle is required to show hazards. There is also an overarching ruling that hazards should be used to alert of an obstruction whether the vehicle itself or something else. Failure to do so can invoke a fine. So I suspect most people are leaning to the side of caution. If you end up rear ended you want to make sure there's no way you can partly be blamed. Code de la route Articles R416-18/19
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  42. Not so many of the Scotch mafia left these days, it seems; I suspect they have dissolved in their own bile!
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  43. Not like the scottish mafia UK hating mob eh? Nothing agressive over there is there? 😂 😂
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  44. Nick, I can only agree. Doesn't help, eitehr, that they change something on the forms every year too. Meanwhile, I have given up finding one sectin, it does not seem to be there .. so sent them a message, but for now, I've put it in, and in fact you get a long time to correct it, even after the deadline. The important thing is to get the forms filled in as best you can by the deadline, adn go back to it later if you find any more. Most of what I can't find is peanuts of interest and such anyway!
    1 point
  45. What does Angela Merkel have to do with it
    1 point
  46. Well I rest my case, point proven, 40 replies in just two days with nearly 500 views. To survive, the forum obviously requires more contentious topics and posters. 😊 While we are on the topic of posters and their attitudes towards others, let's not forget the attitude of all the self servers who, at the first sign of a problem, descend here from their ivory towers to elicit help and assistance from the knowledgeable. Once they've extracted the help they require, it's an exit stage left without even a by your leave or kiss my a.ss until the next issue ensues, and then back they come. Yes, you all know who you are. Here, I must give a shoutout to people like Martin963, although having departed France, still follow and offer up knowledge and assistance just as they willingly did whilst resident in France.
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  47. Squashed tomatoes running down his lovely hairy chest would have been the best. Exposing your hairy chest in a photo shoot was always going to invite tomatoes. He did not have to stand for the presidency and could have let France repair itself instead. Nope...it is all about him and his hairy chest. I'm betting he does not last 2 years.
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  48. In my experience family meals in France have always been "animated". And political. My cousin Pierrot once threw out the table decoration because it included red roses which he said were "Mitterrands flowers". Another refused to speak to me once for months after I let slip I'd met Giscard d'Estaing and thought him charming. The French just love to hate their President. It's what they do. Who can forget all those people with pegs on their noses voting for Chirac in 2002.
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  49. No. There's plenty of bad and ugly out there. It only swamps forums if forum users choose to bang on endlessly about it. Take off my rose tints? No way, they're what keep me sane. You and those blinkers of yours that give you tunnel vision, on the other hand... The thing is, I do actually know what the world looks like without them on. It's a glass half full thing, you can choose to look at the bad and the ugly and rub everybody's nose in it, or you can make an effort to look for the what's good. As you know I came here on my own and I've been totally reliant on working and earning a living for the whole time I've been in France, my life here has certainly had its challenges that I have had to get to grips with, so I am not sure why you, as a house husband whose French wife brings home a good salary and sorts out all the problems, are telling everybody how difficult France can be while I am saying, France can be good fun. 'Nana, we're talking about issues on this forum that you are supposed to be moderating I think?
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  50. Not only the attitude, but the continual returning variants oh the same old France/Europe/Macron bashing theme. This is supposed to be a Forum for FrancoPHILES, where we can share information gleaned from experience of our lives here, to help others.
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