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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.
  15. My experience of prostate cancer (PCa) runs from 2008. More of that later, but first a strong recommendation: Research both the institution(s) where you might get the RP (radical prostatectomy) done and the surgeon who will do it (how many of these operations has he/she done? You want him/her to be experienced). There are various newspapers and magazines that do a "Palmarès des hôpitaux et cliniques" (or similarly named). Here is what L'Express came up with for 2014 for Chirurgie endoscopique prostate https://www.lexpress.fr/palmares/hopitaux/chirurgie-endoscopique-prostate Le Point is my favourite for such things. For PCa 2021 it's here: https://www.lepoint.fr/hopitaux/classements/cancer-de-la-prostate-public.php but it is behind a paywall, although apparently only €1. Endoscopic surgery (generally using the DaVinci robot & camera) will no doubt be recommended by your doctors since, well handled, it is less problematic than the old 'open' surgery. Make sure the operator is experienced! It may mean a 'challenging' conversation, but well worth it. My 2009 surgery nearly cost my life (enormous blood loss) and the (in)competence of the surgeon meant that two important nerve bundles were cut, among other problems (with blood everywhere, the camera was pretty much blocked, so he was operating pretty much blind). Sorry if this sounds worrisome, but I would have avoided this had I done ALL the necessary research - I did not check in advance the experience of the surgeon. Moral from my experience, be sure to do all the research and don't be afraid to travel a considerable distance to get the best treatment - much more important than the convenience of a local hospital/clinic. I was a bit late in doing that but four years after the surgery (& subsequent radiotherapy) I completed the missing research and found the Clinique Toulouse-Lautrec (Albi) to which I switched my follow-up care. One final point, given your mention of the kidney problem. I believe that coelioscopique or endoscopique surgery may only be done once, at least that is what a doctor who operated on me for a hernia said a few years ago. Check with your doctors because it may mean that if you need two surgeries, one of the two may need to be 'open' (or urethral). Conceivably that could be avoided by having the PCa RP done by a surgeon (expert!) in using the endoscopic technique that operates via the urethra, leaving coelioscopie available for the kidney BUT IANAD (I Am Not A Doctor). Good luck!
  16. Have to decide between the choice of two of our neighbours (both French; there are no other UK or Ireland around here now - there used to be 3 some years ago; I think we have a Dutch couple somewhere in the commune). On one side was a lady (good friend of my wife) who died 2-3 years ago and left her body to 'medical science' in thanks for the cancer care she received from the CHU in Toulouse; on the other side was a good friend (man) of 15 years who died last year and whose ashes are scattered at a beauty spot about 1km up the hill from us; I expect to follow in his wake.
  17. The usual definition of Globish is a simplified version of English using 1500 words (compared with Shakespeare's 20,000 or so and the 170k+ in current use according to OED).
  18. Last year I used a comparator for insurance on our new car. The cheapest quote was then beaten by our bank (Caisse d'épargne). We currently have a quote for house insurance (again from Caisse d'épargne) which has better cover and is cheaper than our existing insurance (also with Caisse d'épargne!), so sometimes the banks can be OK.
  19. "the UK leads Europe in the number of people who have been vaccinated" 12/39 according to Euronews - they give stats for the whole continent. https://www.euronews.com/2021/11/17/covid-19-vaccinations-in-europe-which-countries-are-leading-the-way 12/28 according to Politico's Live data tracker - just EU+UK. https://www.politico.eu/article/coronavirus-vaccination-europe-live-data-tracker-coverage/ 1/the planet, the universe, ... (source UK Gov).
  20. It's not just the "emmerder". A President ought not to fan the flames of a cleavage in society. He (or an Elysée spokesperson) later clarified that he was responding to... "J’avais en face à moi deux soignantes qui me disaient ‘nous, on pense qu’il ne faut plus soigner les gens quand ils ne sont pas vaccinés quand ils arrivent aux urgences" There have been opinion pieces (& some opinion polls) suggesting that 30% of the population (UK, France, and others) would like to rid their hospitals of the unvaccinated by denying them entry and/or kicking them out (or worse). Macron, in Le Parisien, said ... "Ça, c’est l’immense faute morale des antivax : ils viennent saper ce qu’est la solidité d’une nation. Quand ma liberté vient menacer celle des autres, je deviens un irresponsable. Un irresponsable n’est plus un citoyen". My emphasis. He sounds more like Priti Patel there. Fanning the flames is a very bad idea for society. 30% of a population is a critically dangerous mass and one should read the works of (at least) Gustave Le Bon, Hannah Arendt, Stanley Milgram, and today, Prof. Mattias Desmet of Ghent University to see where this sort of thing leads.
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