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  1. Yes, very easy: 1. Login 2. Click on the relevant account (not sure what happens if you have only the one account). 3. Click on 'virements' in the menu on left of page 4. Set up transfer (takes a couple of days and, if I remember correctly, you get an SMS/call with a code that you have to enter to authorize future payments to the specified account). 5. Wait the relevant time (2-3 days). 6. Make your transfer (as you will be able to do to this account in future without further delays).
  2. Unless you have revoked your British citizenship, you can sign (site crashes permitting).
  3. Makes me appreciate more our local producer - we pay €2.30/6 at our Panier Paysan (cooperative of local producers).
  4. A good overview but it is in the detail that the biggest problems lie, the most obvious example being Les Hauts-de-France but there will be plenty of individual companies like Béal in Vienne whose climbing ropes and other aids get/got their CE mark from an organization in the UK!
  5. Yes, it is a pain. The street names and house numbers here have been 'official' since 2016 (according to a letter we just got from M. Maire). However, if you try to enter any of the 'new' addresses (not just our street, but any of them) into the La Poste 'tester une adresse' it helpfully 'corrects' the address to one that does not exist in a village 7km away from here, but will happily accept the old address (with just the name of our village) ...
  6. From date of interview our Préfecture (Toulouse) states on its web site about 4 months (3-5) there and then about 6 (5-7) for SDANF (Reze), SCEC & JO publication. With luck (especially that our dossiers, which we take with us to the interviews in January, are deemed complete), that could see my wife and I holding a fistful of nationalities between us by Christmas 2019! I guess you (Norman) are applying through Montpellier. If you use Facebook, there is a group 'Applying for French Nationality' that has many posts about Montpellier that would be useful information for you. I also read somewhere (which I forget but deemed reliable), for those here 10+ years, there should be a maximum delay of 12 months from interview to JO, otherwise it seems that going via some Préfectures takes 18 months.
  7. Brexit irrelevant. Any question of 'deportation' and I would ensure that the Irish Embassy kicked up hell, although maybe they would not be able to get involved since I should also be French long before 2022!
  8. Will see if I can find your thread. Yes. It is necessary to get a RDV here (end January), but it seems that only a few bits of documentation are needed. Thanks for the link, but that's really for a déménagement, rather than adding details to the same address (which is probably fairly unusual).
  9. Our little village has gone all modern and added street names and numbers to all(!) the houses. That means a need to update our TdS/CdS (had them since 2006, latest renewed 2016) with the extra address details. Has anyone been through this procedure? Wondering how it compares with applying for TdS/CdS. Of course, your Préfecture may(?!) work differently from ours (Aveyron).
  10. I've had 3 TdS since our arrival in 2006 (we have been locataires at same address ever since). 2006-2011 very slightly larger (ca. 1 cm, but fitting comfortably in my 'fold over' wallet that I carry in my trouser pocket) than current credit card size, gave address and stated requirement to notify any change of address. 2011-2016 as above. 2016-2026 exact CC size, gives address but the statement about notification of change of address (that still applies) no longer appears on the card itself.
  11. Right, the stockpiling is being done not by NHS but by the pharmaceutical companies (as was announced by, I think, Hancock), confirmed, for example, by Astra Zeneca: https://www.reuters.com/article/britain-eu-astrazeneca/astrazeneca-halts-uk-investments-due-to-brexit-uncertainties-le-monde-idUSL8N1WV4GD
  12. You need to contact the French Consulate in London. First thing, check their web site.
  13. Certainly, our rent (maison T5++) is much cheaper, but our numbers may not be comparable since we're immigrants and the numbers cited are for 'ex pats'. At the time we moved (exchange rate 1.5) it was about half the UK. The exchange rate has suffered a huge adverse move (ca. -25%), but the rent (expressed in £) is still about half that in UK.
  14. M. Google, il dit "annoncer clairement ses intentions" so - 'he does not clearly announce his intentions'
  15. OK, not really for Evian, but the Q about name change was covered there - For anyone who is intending to apply for naturalisation, living in Haute-Garonne or the 'subsidiary' depts of Ariège, Aveyron, Gers, Lot, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn & Tarn-et-Garonne, then the Facebook group (almost 800 members) is very useful: British People Gaining French Citizenship Together In Toulouse. There may well be other groups for other depts. As an idea of how long it is taking (Prefs vary hugely) Toulouse is about half way through assigning deposition of dossier & RDV (TLS does both together in a 1-1.5 hour face to face) for January. After that, a very variable wait (about a year seems common) for the grant of citizenship to come through. Rejection seems rare, although much more common to judge from another Naturalisation FB group (there are many) in which Algerians, Moroccans & Tunisians are in the majority.
  16. For anyone who is intending to apply for naturalisation, living in Haute-Garonne or the 'subsidiary' depts of Ariège, Aveyron, Gers, Lot, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn & Tarn-et-Garonne, then the Facebook group (almost 800 members) is very useful: British People Gaining French Citizenship Together In Toulouse. There may well be other groups for other depts.
  17. Keep them on "the Cloud" e.g. Dropbox* (especially useful and free for what should be enough space to store the essentials) plus A.N.other such site ('belt & braces'). *I find this especially useful because it 'synchs' with all my devices.
  18. How much can one rely on the BlackTower financial services company when they refer to Nicky (Nicola Ann) Morgan as 'he'??!! Remarkably, she raised this almost a year ago: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/treasury-committee/news-parliament-2017/brexit-pensions-insurance-17-19/ The Chancellor's response (for what it's worth): https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/treasury/Correspondence/2017-19/Correspondence-chancellor-brexit-insurance-contracts-200917.pdf The latest is referred to in this news story: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/no-deal-brexit-ex-pat-pensions-illegal-retired-eu-europe-theresa-may-a8461166.html - it is based on the HoC Exiting the EU Committee meeting of 24 July. The transcript of that meeting is not yet available but the recording is here: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/d6f9fdd4-aabe-47cc-b5a8-6bc4d0babe41 - I have not yet watched it all but from about 9.50 Evans's comments are certainly relevant (albeit nothing definitive because there can't be!).
  19. Norman, yes, thanks, that is my belief also. Principal objective is to minimize financial problems for the children (especially since the 'lead' one will be in the UK while the other, here in France, has no resources at all).. Still searching for clues as to which company/companies may be the most likely candidates. I had thought that something like http://votreargent.lexpress.fr/ would be able to clarify a bit, but haven't found anything useful yet.
  20. Norman, thanks for response. Current age 67. Probably my wife and I will opt for cremation (still only one crematorium in Aveyron, but a new one due for Rodez). There was an association crématiste in Aveyron but it died in 2010 (did they burn the 'Déclaration d'une Association'?). Do these contracts work the same way here as in the UK? I recall seeing TV ads there about 'no medical' (apparently with a period when only accidental death was covered).
  21. Does anyone have any useful experience(up to a point!)/links/tips on this subject? There are many web sites, including those that offer free comparisons and quotes but no doubt they result in unwanted phone calls and 'pub'. Also, does anyone know how they compare in value with straightforward life assurance?
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