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  1. Are those the ones governed by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile in Paris?
  2. I believe that most Notaires will only transfer the proceeds of a house sale to a French bank account in the name of the seller(s). There are many companies through which you can transfer money quicker and cheaper than most banks, e.g. https://www.top10moneytransfer.com/send-money-online-fr/?edgetrackerid=100506183990765&gclid=Cj0KCQiAtJeNBhCVARIsANJUJ2GjBl5AmhUbhhv2huO8EBHDLJRUF8gIiDtjsJ7oMtXkpBNCxHwEHEEaAuQWEALw_wcB
  3. Maybe you could indicate how long you have been waiting for the money. I assume it is going to your French account.
  4. That statement is slightly ambiguous. Payment of both taxes is the responsibility of the seller. There is no legal requirement for the buyer to pay any part of them unless he has agreed to do so. It is customary in some areas to share the Taxes Foncières, and less usual to share the Taxe d'Habitation, but this must be agreed between the buyer and seller prior to signing the Acte, and specifically mentioned in the Acte.
  5. The Notaire transfers the money to your account once he has calculated the taxes, his fees and expenses, and any other charges against the sale amount. In our experience this usually only takes a few days. The payment of 1) the Taxes Foncières and 2) the Taxe d'Habitation are the responsibility, respectively, of 1) the owner 2) whoever was living in or had the use of the house, both as of January 1st of the year of the sale. Proportional sharing of these costs is possible by agreement between the buyer and seller. Often the seller agrees to pay the habitation, and the Foncières is shared on the basis of the number of months each owns the house, but this is customary, not a legal requirement, whatever you are told, and details of any arrangement made must be included in the Acte de Vente
  6. My wife and I still have teeth, so she makes a fresh fruit salad with dinner every day.
  7. If you search the document they mention for "produits animaux" you will see that it seems you can ship or carry your baggage a small quantity for personal consumption, .
  8. I like the idea of buying an electric car even less when I see stories like THIS I'm sure someone will leap to their defence and say it won't happen, but there are plenty of videos on line of similar events with cars. I had the lead-acid battery explode in a new car I when I tried to start it, but fortunately the bonnet was closed, so there was just a dent where the cell which blew out hit the underside, and at least lead-acid batteries don't contain inflammable materials.
  9. Hopefully they make the pieces separately and have spares in stock 🙂
  10. ssomon


    Presumably your Mairie has shopped around for a good/the best deal. We have now scraped in for cover under CSS, but I think our previous mutuelle, Sofica's, through a broker in Bordeaux, gave us as good a deal as any, and they were straightforward to deal with. Unlike some we checked out, they covered all co-payments, rather than just some with specific percentage rates. One policy we checked covered only those items covered by Assurance Maladie at 65% and over. We frequently have prescription items with a rate of 60% and less, which if we had to pay for in full would amount to quite a large sum over a year.
  11. Does the filter also remove human waste, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other nasty things which can get into communally used water? I imagine 2 month old warm water is an ideal breeding ground for all sorts of infectious agents. They seem as much of a problem to maintain properly as swimming pools. https://www.medicinenet.com/what_diseases_can_you_get_from_a_hot_tub/article.htm
  12. How about outdoor air conditioning? https://www.gq.com/story/qatar-outdoor-air-conditioning
  13. I haven't lived in UK for almost 60 years, nor or even visited it for a long time, so I'm not familiar with the latest terminology. I can understand that the term "Paki" may have acquired a derogatory implication, but that doesn't mean it is racist, a term which nowadays is used to create and inflame outrage to the maximum. I think a different, less emotive, term would be more appropriate, but I'm not sure what it should be. Maybe just xenophobic. But that would probably be eventually put on the politically incorrect list, like many previously innocuous words.
  14. WRT to the "P" word used by a cricketer recently - I have often been referred to as a "Brit", which is a contraction of "Briton" or "British person". The terms "Limey" and "Pom", as well as others have also been used. Is this racist?
  15. Nearly as bad as Brits using "of" in place of "have", as in "I should of done it" in English, which is very common on forums.
  16. I'm wondering how he suggests cooking meat at 55/56ºC. That's not even enough to kill salmonella, let alone other wogs. If global warming continues, maybe just leave it out in the garden for a while?
  17. I sometimes used to take the Penzance London night sleeper to get to Heathrow when I was commuting overseas from Cornwall. After the terrible fire on the train a few days after my latest trip I flew from Newquay airport and drove a hire car back if too late to fly. Put me off night trains for good. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/july/6/newsid_2495000/2495703.stm
  18. ssomon


    This may be the best driveway we ever had. My uncle, who was still running the family building business, asked one of his friends to give us a good price.
  19. ssomon


    Too much work for us at our age! This is our driveway in March this year. [url=https://postimg.cc/fVq7P5xy][img]https://i.postimg.cc/rpMhKPs1/IMG-2871.jpg[/img][/url] Once the dry weather begins, an annual spray with very dilute glyphosate solution keeps it clear of grass and weeds for the rest of the year. [url=https://postimg.cc/WDwPwFR2][img]https://i.postimg.cc/25P8mh2B/IMG-2720-Floris-Chateau.jpg[/img][/url]
  20. Flawed response. More people would drink/use their mobile phones when driving if it were legal. More people would take drugs and drive as well if they were legal. Many people who take 'drugs' are not harmless. The couple who broke into our house (we saw them in court) and stole all our valuables (which were never recovered, as they had sold them for a fix or two) were not harmless. Neither was the one who broke into our shop, stole tools and equipment and peed and shat all over the floor harmless. he was so drugged up he left clues everywhere and was caught. Do you buy all your food fresh and process it yourselves? I have seen people doing dangerous jobs who were away with the fairies and a danger to everyone around them. Drugs are my and many others' problem, don't dribble your suburban-living tosh.
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