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  1. Not just any motorist but someone with a blue badge. Unless there is something you've missed I would be dead before I would pay any fine. In the UK I have successfully won 2 out of two cases in the tribuneral rooms against the sly councils.
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  2. For those who didn't realise, the Private Messaging (PM) function is now up and running.
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  3. When they asked me if I wanted a booster, I asked for a 10 year old single malt whisky over ice............😁
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  4. Just dont argue with yourself or we'll all start to worry. 😂
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  5. Just for a few moments there, I thought that I was being voted ‘Person of the Year’. Sadly (!) not.
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  6. If you still have the part, find someone on the internet who can scan it and 3 D print it as a replacement. For example; https://www.sculpteo.com/en/ As an idea.
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  7. Ouch! Scan the minute card and blow up the image to A3. Stick on cardboard and ensure whenever you park in an invalid area (which you are clearly entitled to do) both the A3 card and the minute original are clearly displayed. Personally, I utterly despise anyone who has sunk so low in life, that the only gainful employ they can find is to persecute motorists!
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  9. https://www.gouvernement.fr/tout-ce-qu-il-faut-savoir-sur-la-nouvelle-carte-nationale-d-identite Date of Birth Expiry Date Date of issue are three phrases in English on the cards
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  10. Their decision to cease accepting Visa credit cards from Jan 19th has been withdrawn. They fronted Visa regarding their charges to Amazon for use of the credit card back in November, and Visa blinked today. Way to go Amazon. 🖐️
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  11. I don't pretend to know the legal position on this. But I do know from painful experience that French estate agents are no more reliable than British ones. OK, I shouldn't tar them all with the same brush but I would certainly not automatically treat what an agent has said as Gospel. They want an easy transaction - and their commission.
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  12. The third jab strengthens the immune system, so after the fourth dose you are protected, and when 80% of population has received the fifth dose we are close to a resolution because the sixth dose stops the virus from multiplying and prevents it from spreading, which means the seventh dose will solve our problems and we no longer have to to be afraid of the eighth dose because clinical studies with the ninth dose have shown that antibodies are more stable after the tenth dose and the eleventh dose ensures that there will be no new mutations, so there is no reason to criticize the idea of a twelfth dose. Tongue in cheek?
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  13. Last year I used a comparator for insurance on our new car. The cheapest quote was then beaten by our bank (Caisse d'épargne). We currently have a quote for house insurance (again from Caisse d'épargne) which has better cover and is cheaper than our existing insurance (also with Caisse d'épargne!), so sometimes the banks can be OK.
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  14. I suggest checking the date on a post before replying to it.
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  15. Welcome to the forum and a happy New Year to you.
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  16. Hopefully, with pictures of Macron and Boris in appropriate places. 🚽🚽
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  18. Hence the well worn expression 'Going Dutch' 🙂
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  19. Exactly why we bought a second home in the depths of rural France 21 years ago and we have enjoyed it immensely. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of M. Macron’s approach to keeping France save we would like to visit our home as soon as the restrictions are reduced.
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  20. Looking at the economic metrics now being revealed, the impact of Brexit upon manufacturing/exporting EU states is clearly enormous. Add the Covid-19 Pandemic plus supply chain problems and 2022 looks economically dire for the EU. It is an undeniable fact, that there was a large imbalance in favour of the EU, of trade with the UK. Plus, of course, the absence of the UK paying a most punitive annual membership fee, when considered relative to population and etc. Numerous politicians have been quite honest, in admitting that they made leaving the EU as difficult and expensive as possible for Britain and would continue to try and penalise the UK: these include Michel Barnier, Guy Verhofstadt (Odious creep!) and others; including Macron. Tourism is a HUGE business in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece etc. Perhaps the voters will wake up as their income vanishes...
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  21. It's almost a schizophrenic situation regarding what's happening. Undoubtably Macron is doing his best to make Britain pay for Brexit but I doubt it is aimed at the British people, not in that personal way. It is political and the schizoid aspect comes into it in that it is the politicians playing their games whilst at the same time suggesting they are doing it for 'the people'! The politicians are on another plane to the rest of us but unfortunately we are the subject of their grandiose schemes. As you have said, the French are also suffering because of Macrons behaviour but it is for their 'benefit!! I can't help but feel that Macrons time is running out. The rest of the E.U are not wholly supportive of France because of his behaviour and the French themselves can feel the 'pinch' regarding British spending power. The major problem is the coming election and the tactical voting that goes on. It could well see him elected again. If he is elected I foresee much more civil unrest here, if there is something the French do well (and they do many things well) it is street riots!!!
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  22. Why? Micron is simply rattling his sabre, trying to demonstrate to the French voters what a patriot he is. Plus continuing the EU hatred of Britain for daring to leave their incestuous, corrupt and wholly dysfunctional political club. The continuing dissent over fishing licenses and the Northern Irish "Border", ought to have been sorted out as part of the separation agreement: however, Call Me Dave was and is a core remainer, as was Theresa May (Or may not, depending on how she felt at the time!). Instead of hard nosed negotiation with the odious Michel Barnier, they both sort of went on bended knee waving a white flag. Bozo the Clown was no different. Pretty stupid, really, as the UK leads Europe in the number of people who have been vaccinated. What morons like Macron forget, is the vast amount of money - and taxes - tourists contribute to popular vacation places. This economic effect will soon be felt again as the Spring and Summer approaches.
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  23. Rufus, it is worth checking the date on a post before replying to it.
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  24. It's precisely because we are where we are that couples can choose to own a house instead of reproducing. Contraception and abortion have ensured that. Equally, when I left UK, it was a 'career choice' on the part of thousands of young, single girls to reproduce as a means to getting housed and fed at the expense of the State. It would be interesting to see what would happen to birth rates in both UK and France if child benefits were reduced or withdrawn altogether.
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  25. I've got airhorns on our truck as a pedestrian shifter and for reminding snooty Audi and Merc drivers that :- "Yes - you do need to look to your left for me when you are entering the rond-point without looking or caring"
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  26. All of them whatever their religion are nutters trying to control others’ lives. Dont forget Kim Jong Mentally Ill!
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  27. I'm quite peed off with the unvaccinated myself, and I couldn't care less if they get peed off, or who wants to make them peed off.
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  28. Noisette; No need to apologise as your post isn't confusing at all. As usual you say things that simply haven't happened or existed. I have not used the term 'indignation' at all. Your 'comical' reaction is therefore rather strange. A vivid imagination perhaps! As for my 'dogmatic bulldozing' of others knowledge of a subject, more vague 'comedy' I'm afraid. More whimsical imaginings. You don't have the time to waste with arguing on forums but do find the time to have a 'dig' so you say. That is quite apparent but equally you don't like it when your posts are corrected. It's easy to 'have a dig' isn't it? Not so nice when you are on the receiving end and your character is revealed for what it is, no matter how nicely it is tried to be wrapped up!!
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  29. Thank you so much Cajal. Have discovered that after 3 recent changes of management personnel, the latest incumbent is Anthony Gast and I have managed to contact him successfully.
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  30. Should Boris Johnson have flown any flag other than the 'Union Jack' over the tomb of the unknown warrior in the U.K. there would have been absolute uproar and no doubt he would be looking for another job this very minute. The French are patriotic, their military suffered tremendously in both world wars and I was appalled when I saw on the news this morning that Macron had the E/U. flag flown above the French tomb. Whatever could have possessed the man to do such a thing? I have read here that it has now been taken down, I hope that is the case. I consider it an insult to the dead of France that such a thing happened. Is the man so utterly arrogant that he doesn't consider what incredible offence it must have caused to the French people ?
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  31. Yes, I did know that, it was rhetorical as it were. Personally I think Norman viewed this forum as his fiefdom, and it's reverted to a much more balanced situation without his rather condescending contributions. We are of course all entitled to our views, but I think his over-arching influence had discouraged many of us from posting.
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  32. He has gone off in a huff; as discussion about illegal migrants crossing La Manche offended his Liberal-Left soul...
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  33. I must say I'm finding the overall tone of this forum much more sensible and balanced in these last couple of months, with a wresting of control away from certain self-appointed "leaders" who had ruled the roost for far too long.
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  34. You rarely see a thin person drinking a diet coke!
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  35. Unfortunately people cherry pick whatever statistic suits their point of view , or argument. There was also, without their relatives knowledge, autopsies carried out on the returning bodies of US servicemen killed in the Vietnam war, mainly 18 to mid 20s year old. Studies found that there was very high incidence of heart disease in these young men. conclusion: Their diet was largely fat based and given as the reason. Generally speaking there is ample evidence to suggest that the fatter you are the greater the risk from not only vascular disease but cancers and other problems. Because being fat is a 'taboo' subject it is rarely mentioned these days. It is quite clear that it isn't the type of food you eat but how much of it. Nutritionally a hamburger is perfect with regard protein, fat, minerals and vitamins but quite clearly eating several a day is not going to be a good idea! People are fat because they eat too much, and it is killing them! Will they do something about it? No! Mustn't upset anyone must we!!!! Heart disease in the U.SA. is rampant.In the U.K it is very bad and in Europe becoming a big problem. Still though, people mustn't be called fat or even have it pointed out! Instead governments and individuals dance around the subject blaming lack of exercise, poor diet etc. when it is essentially just plain greed! Just to add a last bit of controversy: Watching people queuing up at the food banks for free food brought an ironic smile, most were fat or at least overweight and still they want more!!
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  36. https://madame.lefigaro.fr/cuisine/papier-alu-sulfurise-ou-film-plastique-comment-les-utiliser-sans-danger-cuisson-041018-151068 The way not to poison yourself with aluminium foil and other cooking coverings
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  37. Had they actually elected JK Rowling as their "person" of the year according to the results of their online poll, they would probably have lost half their readership - which tells you a lot about their readers! The Grauniad always trumpets that it is a defender of democracy - as long as they get the result they want!
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  38. The Brussels leadership was not elected but chosen. Mostly it is a parking place for failed or second rate politicians to do the bidding of their national governments and earn huge pensions and the rest.
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  39. I was glad to hear HM put in a word for having the old tunes for hymns/carols, rather than new-fangled ones.
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  40. Well what a lot of miserable dumpties you all are (Noisette excpted). I liked (and in fact preferred) the Kings service this year .. much improved now Stephen Cleobury has retired. Having been unable to get into a car until a week before Christmas (and I still cannot drive), I decided that a quiet Christmas with just the two of us was best. Most restaurants around here were shut anyway. Went to Christmas Day service in my anglophone Christian fellowship (chauffered to it) and sang my heart out (no, it's not in Eymet). Got the meat I like best (fillet steak), cooked it perfectly (though I say so myself), opened a very good bottle of red, bought ready prepared veg, listened to the Queen's speech, and thorough enjoyed a peaceful and quiet time. Christmas is what YOU make of it.
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  41. English pubs? Guide me to one! Most are made-over shadows of their former self; flogging undrinkable wine, mass produced chemical beer; dominated by a huge TV screen for the brain dead devotees of Foot Ball. The bar staff are ignorant, rude and invariably covered in tattoos (and that's just the females!). Loud nasty noise comes from the over-loud sound system and the constant noise of one armed bandits dominates all. Perhaps that's why so many shout... The sole purpose of the majority of customers seems to be to become P*****d as a fart asap, shout at the top of their voices and behave badly. Lovely. There are a very few old English hostelries left; real oak beams, a live fireplace and real live bitter sold direct from the barrel, however, these tend to be in rural areas, such as Norfolk, Wiltshire etc. Towns tend now to have bars: which are a pastiche of a real pub. And the prices! Give me a decent French bar any day: particularly since increasing numbers are now also micro-breweries. Brasserie of course, means brewery.
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  42. I am sorry, WB. Can only wish you a much happier one next year and that 'things' get sorted out asap so the travelling can be resumed ☺️
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  43. We always enjoy les fêtes here, no need for pubs, we have family and friends. We all share the load, everyone brings something to eat and drink. This year was a little different, we thought we had covid, so were obliged to isolate. Christmas was a write off, but our tests were negative this morning, so bring on new year's eve, there will be feasting, singing and dancing.
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  44. It is just so frustrating when we WILL be law abiding and not stop overnight even though it is so illogical. We sometimes wonder why we bother being law abiding when we know most people will do what suits them and most likely get away with it. The lockdown which followed Easter comes to mind. People were allowed to travel over the weekend to where they were going to remain in lockdown but we know many people who travelled for social reasons and then returned home - some on the Monday because the gendarmes said they would take a lenient view of people doing this !!!!
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  45. May good fortune shine on you all next year. Have a good one. cajal.
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  46. Yes, Happy Holidays to you all. May the coming year PLEASE bring us happier, safer and healthier times. Our bellies are full and we are not sick, so blessed we are...
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  47. Your notaire will give you a formula of words for a basic will which you can write out, sign and hand in to him to be registered. It must be hand written.
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  48. Yes, if your French is up to it and your circumstances and requirements are straightforward, write the French will yourself. Keep it as simple as possible. I wrote mine a couple of years ago, emailed a copy of my draft to our local Notaire (Lurcy-Levis), she approved it immediately (no charge) and it was done. Be careful to avoid revoking ALL previous wills if you have an earlier one in the UK or elsewhere which is to remain in force for non-French assets.
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  49. No: you should create holographic wills (i.e. written by hand) in French and perhaps make them "Mirror Wills" (i.e. mirrors of your UK wills), remembering, however, that French inheritance law is markedly different in France. All this said, Inheritance Law in France was revised and amended and changed a few yeas ago. And changed, significantly again in 2020; and applies as from November 2021. https://www.ashtonslegal.co.uk/insights/news-for-individuals/update-on-french-inheritance-law/ https://www.notaires.fr/en/donation-succession/succession/order-succession-and-inheritance-tax (Useful reference as it is in English!) https://www.furleypage.co.uk/insights/law-updates/new-french-inheritance-rules-override-expats-rights-to-apply-british-law/ Fortunately, our French wills were generated for me by a dear friend - sadly no longer with us - who was a top UK solicitor, specialising in wills and trusts, adored France, became the Secretary General to the Court of Mediation of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, lived just outside Versailles, spoke fluent French and when he and his spouse moved back, he qualified (at over 60!) and was appointed as an Avocat to the Boulogne Criminal Court.
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  50. I think so, but if in doubt go see a decent notaire. His advice should be free.
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