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  1. I believe that there are only two French nationals who ever post on this site, but I am dumbfounded by the bellicosity of all the British expats who have decided to make their life here. Surely, if Johnson and the UK is so 'Great' wouldn't it be best to head back over there and thus eliminate your exchange-rate risk.
  2. There has been a huge amount of work done - not a 5-minute job to re-design a sub. Naval has had (I read) 500 people working on this (not necessarily all of them for 5 years). The figure I have seen for compensation of broken contract is a surprisingly small €100M.
  3. Barnier (yesterday, I think) said that if he’s elected, he will propose a referendum on a “constitutional shield” to disregard European law and rulings in order to regain “our freedom of maneuver and interpretation” — which he said was needed to control immigration. He was speaking at a Les Républicains event in Nîmes. A Républicains Twitter account then tweeted the quote, which Barnier himself subsequently retweeted.

    https://www.msn.com/fr-fr/actualite/monde/stup%C3%A9faction-%C3%A0-paris-et-bruxelles-apr%C3%A8s-les-critiques-de-barnier-contre-la-justice-europ%C3%A9enne/ar-AAOiCr0

    Victor Meldrew must be spluttering in his grave.
  4. Something wrong with the link - it only goes to shorturl.at
  5. "Parking on and vehicular damage to grass verges is a persistent problem." (Leeds City Council).
  6. I liked, from the Midi Libre article, Ciotti's "un projet pour plus d’autorité, plus de liberté" - good luck on combining them!

    Also, Barnier seems to be taking a leaf out of the Brexiters' playbook (and maybe spiking the big guns of the extreme right) with his "limiter l’immigration et la maîtriser" ...

  7. Speaking of first fruits and new expressions, our local paper had an article about the search for ancient 'lost' cépages.

    New to me, and probably to the journalist, who used it four times in a short item, was "Une équipe d’ampélographes ".

  8. edf/engie would only be able to 'steal' our Zoé's electricity if (1) it was plugged in at the time, (2) we had a Linky (unfortunately, that may be coming).

    In any event, this is extremely unlikely since we charge her up during heures creuses ('off peak') when it is extremely unlikely that the grid will be overloaded.

    Also, bear in mind that here (1) nuclear provides 2/3 of electricity, (2) we are linked in to the European grid. It would be a riskier proposition in England (UK imports about 7% of electricity, even more in England, and no longer benefits from the EU grid).

    Anyway, this thread has completely lost the plot:

    Our Zoé's 'fuel' costs €2-3 per 100km.

    Our Focus diesel costs about €8 per 100km, near enough 4x.
  9. Here is the latest I just received this afternoon.

    'support client' emailed me a 'notification de suspension' for my Netflix account. The phisher hopes that I will click on 'PROLONGER L'ABONNEMENT' (even though it is in CAPS).

    A closer inspection reveals that the email address from which this comes is:

    839574938@qq.com

    Therefore I now hit the delete button.
  10. Scams are anything between irritating and scary. The first thing to do is to stay calm! Then look at the 'from' address of the email you have received.

    The most common scam is "your account has been locked". I got such a message a couple of days ago, but it came from " purporting to be from Amazon (no-reply@amazon.com), but obviously not, so deleted and moved on.

    Always look beyond the scam "no-reply@amazon.com" for the real address.

    The particular arnaque targeted at you has been noted, for example: https://www.signal-arnaques.com/scam/view/342945

    You will probably find other examples by Googling "Catherine DE BOLLE commissaire générale

    police fédérale, directrice d'Europol " Brigade

    de protection des mineurs (BPM)."

  11. Charging bornes are irrelevant for us. We only charge in our garage (invariably heure creuses). If (if!) we were going to travel any distance (maybe Toulouse) we would use the Ford Focus (diesel), but within the département now, only the Zoe.
  12. Having recently sent an old Mondeo (essence) to scrap, leaving us with a Focus (diesel) and a new Zoe, I have been doing a 'back of fag packet' calculation of fuel cost. For 100km it seems that our costs are (approximately): Focus €8-9 Zoe €2 (heures creuses) €3 (heures pleines) - EDF Bleu. Anyone else been making calculations?
  13. Ye Gods!! No wonder society is falling apart and the Covid wars are descending into wars of religion. Let the heretics burn in hell, but first on a bûcher!

    PS. Don't let science interfere with 'the science' (i.e. dogma, or catechism, as approved either by appeal to 'authority' or to the 'will of the people').
  14. New web site: https://www.michel-barnier.fr/

    Among the headline articles: L’état de notre pays exige une mobilisation de tous, Faire de la France la première puissance économique, agricole et écologique en Europe, and more...
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