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EmilyA

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  1. Well so far we have had one attempt by one provider which cost 300€ for an electrician to run a wire through the gaine for the existing telephone line which goes across the garden and under the house before emerging the other side. The technicians who came to install fibre broke the wire and could not install the new line. Some months later we are now trying again with Orange. Line under house impossible so terrassier needed to dig up courtyard and run gaine underground from opposite direction. Cost 700€. Cheap it isn't.
  2. YCCMB I said nothing about compensation for an adverse exchange rate. That would be ridiculous. I was talking about the anomaly of the way the tax has traditionally been calculated in France, on an occupational pension taxed at source in the UK.

    The subject of this thread, in fact.
  3. Not sure I understand that YCCMB? We pay French tax on our income every year and obviously the amount goes up and down depending on the strength of the pound. Only my occupational pension is taxed in the UK.
  4. Would be nice if it could be backdated. It might make up for the plunging pound. 😨

    Still at least we will pay less tax next year.
  5. My sympathies, Antonia, how difficult for you.

    Do you not have a Carte Vitale and / or an attestation for your own health cover from 2003? Even as an ayant droit on your late husband's health cover, you would normally have these.

    Apologies if I have misunderstood your situation.

  6. We use Google maps on our phones, with the function that shows traffic density in red, black etc. The black generally shows where the blockages are. We have found it reliable.

    We have fuel shortages from time to time, a few goods in short supply and problems on Saturdays when roundabouts are closed and the GJs walk backwards and forwards across pedestrian crossings (rural Normandy).
  7. EmilyA

    Col de Femur ?

    I teach English for the local U3A so my kiné uses the session to practise. You do meet some interesting people though, everyone chats all the time at ours.
  8. EmilyA

    Col de Femur ?

    Sympathy and good luck to you both. I was talking to someone at physio the other day and she had been in a rehabilitation centre for a broken hip. She said how wonderful it was (whilst pushing a hefty weight up and down with her leg).
  9. Just had a very clear reply from the impôts via the message box. Yes they will continue to take the tax payments by monthly prélèvements, but it will be over 12 months not 10 as before.

    Thanks again everyone. 😊
  10. Many thanks all, that is really helpful. We don't seem to have the same message as Pomme, but will contact them via the message box.

    Thanks also for ankle sympathy. It seems to be a very long recovery programme!

  11. Just to add before anyone suggests it, yes we can go to the tax office and ask, but I am still struggling with the aftermath of my broken ankle. If we can manage without having to do that it would be good. 😊
  12. Morning all

    For several years we have paid impôts sur les revenus in advance by monthly prélèvements (all our income is pension from the UK). On our avis primitif this year it says from Jan 1 2019 the prélèvement will be from the "source à compter" and the current prélèvement from the bank will finish at the end of this year. Can anyone help with what we actually need to do, as obviously they can't take our taxes at source.
  13. Thanks for clarifying, Eric.

    As far as the OP is concerned, we are sticking with CDS for the moment. We have collected quite a bit of the stuff required for nationality and are confident at B2+, but it seems to me only fair given the current pressure on citizenship applications to allow younger, working people to have their chance first.

    I would also encourage people to use their local U3A for language and culture. I have been studying on the French history course (for French people) for three years and have learnt a lot.
  14. https://www.remaininfrance.org/citizenship.html

    and from

    CONNAISSANCE DE LA LANGUE FRANÇAISE POUR L’ACCÈS À LA NATIONALITÉ FRANÇAISE

    les personnes âgées d’au moins 60 ans n’ont pas à produire ce diplôme ou cette attestation.

    Toutefois leur niveau de connaissance de la langue française est évalué lors d’un entretien. Les personnes produisant une attestation d’un niveau inférieur au niveau B1 sont également reçues en entretien.
  15. Eric, every source I have seen says that you do not have to sit a formal language test over 60. A friend got citizenship last year, she did not sit a test, but had, as seems to be standard, an interview with the gendarmes and an interview at the préfecture. I have read lots of reports of the préfecture interviews and most seem to include discussion of the responsibilities of French citizens, key moments in history (mostly around the Revolution), understanding of the implications of la devise, contribution to French life, knowledge of French culture etc. You would need to be at B1 for all this, obviously. There is information on the RIFT site and also a Facebook group for those seeking citizenship.

  16. Thanks Norman, we didn't have any choice about payment, it was cheque or virement. I have however asked for the return of the cleaning fee.

    I was a bit surprised by how quickly the agent said, "no none of your policies (health, house, car) cover that", but OH has checked the small print and I think it is the case.

    Just bad luck really and thanks all for the good wishes. I am (just about) adapting to life in a full leg cast.
  17. Tried the insurance agent and nothing in our policies covers us and they don't do travel insurance either. It was only the accommodation cost we lost so could have been worse.

    I have a lovely wheelchair, walking frame and crutches from the pharmacie though. 😊

  18. Thanks all. I have tried the bank and our debit card is just an ordinary one and only covers accidents when away. We have one agent who has our health, car and household policies so will try them. I think we have asked about travel insurance in the past and they looked a bit blank so I went with the European insurance at that stage.

    I would have renewed it apart from (expletive deleted) Brexit. Grrrr....

  19. We are permanent residents in France with CV and mutuelle. We had rented an apartment from a private owner for a holiday this week; it is a French registered business with a Swiss owner. The day before leaving I fell down the stairs and broke my leg. We have obviously cancelled the booking, but wondered if anyone has any idea about any avenue by which we might reclaim some of the cost of the apartment. We paid by virement from our French bank account.

    We had European travel insurance, but I did not renew it this year because the company could only deal with EU / EEA citizens and obviously that might not work after next March. (😨)

    One of my neighbours suggested protection civile, but I don't see that ours will work, she thought maybe theirs?

    We realise we have probably lost the money and tant pis for us, but just thought it was worth asking.
  20. We are rural too Pat, though I do stuff like U3A which makes a big difference. I guess that I know the town where my daughter lives in the UK very well, no doubt it would be very different in an unfamiliar part of the UK.
  21. So sorry you are having problems Pat.

    I spend about 6 weeks a year in the UK with my daughter and grandchildren and I honestly can’t say I feel any sense of dislocation. Driving up from Portsmouth I usually think “oh what a lot of English cars” and on day one I have an urge to say “merci bien, au revoir” in the supermarket, but then I adjust and pick up my English life.

    I am sure if I moved back there are things I would have to get to grips with like “switch and save” 🤔 but I don’t think it would be too hard. Traffic and crowds would be the thing I would dislike most, I think.
  22. Oddly it doesn't come up when I search on Netflix but

    https://whatsnewonnetflix.com/france/m/un-village-francais-season-5
  23. Actually the bank account is not relevant. It is the French iTunes account which gives me French Netflix; but definitely access to the UK site when in the UK.

    Would it be helpful for people to add favourites here? I would certainly appreciate some ideas.

    On French Netflix I have watched in English:

    The Crown

    Designated Survivor

    The Miss Fisher mysteries (Australian)

    Orange is the New Black

    House of Cards

    Repeats of Call the Midwife

    In French:

    Un village francais

    A version of Harlen Coburn's Tell No One

    Marseille

    The Time in Between (Spanish with French subtitles).

    Plus lots of films and documentaries.

  24. I have an English bank account registered to our home address in France but was only able to join Netflix France from my ITunes account. When I am in England I can watch everything on UK Netflix, but not here.

    I don't have any trouble finding things to watch in English or French (sometimes with French subtitles) and I have watched Un Village Français.
  25. I am going to disagree here.

    We buy excellent flour for bread from our organic supermarket; there are some very good ones around.

    You have to understand how flour is categorised and you won't find all of it in the average supermarket, the bio shop is what you need.

    Type 150 is wholemeal, Type 110 (85% of grain) similar to wheatmeal. Type 80 is high gluten flour and Type 55 all purpose flour. Type 45 is patisserie flour. I have seen self-raising in supermarkets and you will also find various raising agents (levure chimique, levure boulangère) in their baking section.

    You can also buy spelt flour, chickpea flour, rice flour etc. We now make our bread with spelt flour (épeautre).

    We get lovely crème crue in Normandy, I find the best for whipping is the stuff in the cartons with checked packaging, but I do think it has a back-taste.

    Hope this helps.
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