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  1. Yes, figuring out an edf bill requires a minimum of BAC+8 (speciality in maths/statistics might help) as well as substantial knowledge of "la divination".
  2. Having 3 nationalities, 3 passports, a family that has, over the past 3 centuries, established branches in Canada, USA, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Spain, South Africa, Mauritius, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand (at least half of them still flourishing) I can't help feeling that this thread is, if occasionally entertaining, strangely parochial and that for a country in which all/most of us do not live.
  3. The history of the origins of fish and chips is fascinating. Earlier generations of 'boat people' immigrants brought first fried fish (by sephardic Jews from Spain via Portugal) and then fried potato (Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe) to London. The two supposedly being first combined by Joseph Malin in the East End of London in mid 19th Century. There are also links back to 6th Century Persia and thence perhaps to Russia, raising the fascinating question of whether before or after 882 when Prince Oleg of Novgorod seized Kiev. What's that about history rhyming? https://foodicles.com/fish-and-chips-history/
  4. " Rural areas (where most Brits live LOL) voted MLP." (ALBF) Take a careful look at the map below. A huge rural swathe from the West to the SW and across to the E (mostly as rural as you can get) voted Macron. https://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2022/04/25/resultats-de-la-presidentielle-visualisez-les-votes-ville-par-ville-sur-notre-carte-interactive_6123495_4355771.html
  5. One of my all-time favourite movies is 'Z'. My wife (then girlfriend) and I saw it in Paris not long after its release. Much more recently, my younger son and I had the chance to watch it, in the presence of Costa-Gavras in Goutrens (of Georges Rouquier fame - Farrebique & Biquefarre; Rouquier played the role of 'procureur général in Z). I had forgotten that Perrin played the extremely important role of the journalist/photographer and, perhaps even more importantly, helped to ensure its production.
  6. Technically, the rate to use is that applicable on the day of receipt (not transfer) of any GBP. I have done this on a spreadsheet using the official rate for the day (https://www.banque-france.fr/statistiques/taux-et-cours/les-taux-de-change-salle-des-marches/parites-quotidiennes & note the 'en cliquant ici' which gives all the historical data) for about 15 years now. OK, for my wife and I, that now involves some 46 receipts (plus a dozen or so for my 'revenus d'activité' in GBP, most being in €). I suppose it's a bit of a faff, but it takes only an hour (maximum). Even when I was working 100+ hours/week (35???), I did not find it difficult to fir that in.
  7. Our département has always voted centre-right and continued this year to do so. There was, though, a difference; previously, it was always LR, but this time LREM (the French Tory party) came out on top with the 'official LR' 6th (5th in my commune). Interesting sondage from this morning concerning Mélenchon supporters intentions for 24th: just under half (with nose pegs) to Macron with about 1/4 each for Le Pen and abstention.
  8. Yes, same for the one in Le Monde, which went somewhat deeper (two levels). For me, it was the same - the candidate closest to my views (and who I always intended to vote for) has no chance.
  9. Le certificat prévention et secours civiques de niveau 1, en abrégé PSC1, est la formation de base aux premiers secours en France.
  10. Given that you don't know what it is, your comment is odd to sa
  11. I am, or would be, but she has zero chance; well less than Macron, Le Pen, Mélenchon, Zemmour. April 10 I will vote for my preferred candidate (who will not make it to April 24) and then for 'ABC' (the equivalent to UK Any But Conservative').
  12. ALBF, I'm sure you were right. I hold the PSC1 and we never learned anything about head injuries, other than put in PLS (Position Latérale de sécurité; and even that's not 100% with a head injury) and await the pompiers.
  13. Without sufficient resources, there's only so much that can be done. I'm sorry to say that we are following fast on their heals with insufficient money being put into public health here as well. No sign of any real change coming in either country; if there will be any significant injections of cash and human resources, it's more likely to be here than in UK.
  14. Oops. First thing always check the date of posts, not just the most recent one. The thread overview showed the latest post (Survey) today & I assumed (always a bad idea) that the thread was recent! Anyway, maybe the points in my post may be useful to others.
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