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  1. Ladoix - thank you... that's the kind of thing I was looking for... a definitive answer, easy to follow, and from a forum member who doesn't have his or her head stuck up their a*se. What a shame everyone here isn't as nice, welcoming, and helpful than everybody else.

    You'll see I've been here since 2005 when I moved out, but I don't feel the need to post often - mainly as I can answer my own questions, and I realise that I am not very qualified to answer others - it's a shame others don't think the same.
  2. It wasn't me that posted Wikipedia... I am not a fan of the inaccuracies found on that site.

    I just don't like your tone, but I still seek the correct and definitive answer. Perhaps not here though.
  3. You know what, pachapapa? People come here for help and guidance from those who know more. Clearly you prefer to ridicule and for that reason, I will not continue in this thread.

    I am very unhappy about that, but I find your snide suggestions offensive.
  4. NO - no ulterior motive, I promise! Just as the thread panned out, I thought it would get interesting...

    I'm not sure I like it that some thought me ignorant for posing the question, after all, some replies show others to be quite in the dark, and I have learned something, even if not the full response to my original question!
  5. [quote user="Cendrillon"]Children are no longer allowed to be on U.K. parent's passport they must have one of their own. Our latest granddaughter got her passport age 7 weeks![:)]


    Yes - both my other children had passports from birth, which are valid for five years - so looking at an almost-five-year-old and comparing them to a baby photo... not easy!!
  6. Why, when I Preview my reply in which I have hit Quote, does it look right... but then when I post, it looks wrong?

    Also, why can I not use Firefox for this forum?? (My FastestFox addon causes loading problems.)
  7. [quote user="Anton Redman II"]Why do you think your child is a French Citizen by birth ?

    A child born to French parents resident in the Uk would not automatically be British. Wikipedia link below corresponds to my view. Suspect child either needs own UK passport or entry on parents.


    Good old Wikipedia!!

    Actually, as we are (and have been for some years) French residents, my daughter is automatically claimed by l'Etat as property of France... And her birth certificate also shows that!

    And, as we are British, and continue to have a right to live in Britain, my daughter is also British... so, of course she can have a British passport - but at £150? this becomes an unnecessary expense, if she can have a free ID card or a 17€ French Passport.

    I knew this would become an interesting thread!
  8. [quote user="andyh4"]...neither do you [need a passport].  You do require it to cross out of the Schengen area however.[/quote]

    That I didn't know... interesting... so my panic to renew three just last month was unnecessary then?

    But the UK isn't part of the Schengen area... so I guess I still need something to travel freely there and back!
  9. Erm... I feel that I am being told off here...

    It is the French passport which carries a €17 fee, which I compared to the UK passport ex-pat rate here in France of €120 (which then gets P&P etc added to it, so goes up even more...)

    I know the ID card is free.
  10. Thank you Nectarine... that's nice!
  11. I would rather she had a passport, but when I travelled recently with some French friends, they entered the UK with ID cards. Within the EU, you can travel freely with any national ID card, although now the UK cards have been scrapped, I guess any previously issued ID cards would not suffice. Technically speaking, you should be able to travel on any official photo ID, including a driving licence... I'd be interested to hear of anyone that has done that successfully! I suspect there will be no-one...

    Unlike me, my new French daughter doesn't require a passport to live here!

    Unfortunately, where I live, the secretariat of the Mairie are really not very knowledgeable - but we are a commune of just 82 so... However, the mayor himself is quite switched on, so I'll ask him... otherwise I know I can go to the city and get a passport - I just know how that could go, with me being British, and her being French...

    Still, at 17€ instead of 120€ for a passport, it is well worth the hassle!!
  12. Certainly she can travel on a French ID card... Not sure if she can get one though! Or how. Thanks for the link... useful.

    Any other thoughts?
  13. Don't know where to look! I think someone on here might... please???!!!

    My family and I all have British passports, and live full time in France.

    A new daughter was born to us this week, here in France.

    We now want to be able to travel quite soon to the UK...

    What document does my baby require, and where can I get it done?

    She had her birth registered in France of course, and is a French citizen by birth...

    I know I do not need to notifiy the UK authorities about the birth etc, and I know I can apply for a UK passport... but really, as this is unnecessary, I don't want the expense nor the long wait for the process...

    Thanks in advance...
  14. OK - I think I have it now, on a page that was opening whilst writing the above:

    si le véhicule a plus de 4 ans, la preuve du contrôle technique devant avoir été effectué dans les 6 mois qui précèdent la date de dépôt du dossier de demande de nouveau certificat d'immatriculation à la préfecture (ou de moins de 2 mois si une contre-visite a été prescrite)

    So I am ok I think...
  15. I know this will have been asked before, but try as I might, I cannot find the answer here or anywhere - although if I wasn't in a hurry to know, I could phone the préfecture.

    I need to register a used car... I bought it with a CT that needs a contra-visite, due to a shot exhaust. I have bought the exhaust, it's coming, but it won't be here in time to fit it, get the CT re-done, and do the necessary at the préfecture, before the month is up...

    So my question is simply, does this CT allow me to register the car or not? Or do I have to get the contra-visite done as well...

    Presumably, if I pass the month for registering, I can still do the registration, just not drive the car...

    Thanks in advance.

    Mr C
  16. [quote user="Benjamin"]I seem to recall some time ago (last year?) someone posted that they had just sold their property and had taken all of their purchase/sale/renovation documents to their local tax office who then verified their CGT calculation. These figures were then accepted by the Notaire without any payment of this fee.

    It is, after all, merely an insurance policy covering the Notaire if he/she makes an error in the CGT calculation.


    Thanks for that Benjamin - I'll try to find that post...  but this makes sense.

  17. [quote user="Tricia"]There could be other debts too that the seller has left behind eg taxes Hab.et Fonc. Outstanding amounts on the various checks of the house that the seller has to have done.

    Just guessing here.


    Sure - but isn't that the Buyer's responsibility to check, via the Notaire??

  18. @ BJSLIV:

    Thanks very much for the reference, but my friend is selling below the price they bought at - by (they didn't say, but kind of hinted) around 50k...  The page you sent is for when they have a "plus-value"...

    That case I HAD heard of, but they are making a significant loss, because they just wanted to get home...

    Do you think this still applies??

    Thanks to Tricia also - I don't think I'll be offering then!!   It's funny how a friend can easily stop being a friend when they move away!!

  19. I'm sure this has been covered somewhere, but I couldn't find it... and it could be new - so I thought I'd go ahead and ask anyway!!

    I have a friend (no - really, NO - REALLY!!!) who has sold their house and moved home to Holland (there's the proof it isn't me!!).

    Their sale should all be finished by 17 Feb, but they had a call today from the Notaire to say that they need a Tax Representative and that this will cost 1200€.

    My friend's French isn't so good, and she couldn't remember exactly what the title of this official was - but it was something like tax representative...

    Now - my friend is selling, not buying... they are selling below the price they bought for... they know the new buyer (though I realise this means nothing to either party)...

    Anyone have any ideas??

    I've been trawling through French sites all evening, but without being able to find the exact title of this person, I really don't know what to search for!!

    I have also set a local friend onto this, and she hasn't heard of such a thing either (apart from a buyer taking care for inheritance tax issues...)

    All ideas gratefully received.

    Thanks in advance...


    Happily staying put !!

  20. Welcome to the forum Mrs C...   Great username...   Maybe you and I should get together sometime?!!

    Mr C.

  21. Gardians observation (of a leak) put me in mind of a place we rented when first moving to France.

    We heard a running water noise, and notified the owner straight away, but the owner wasn't close enough to be bothered by it - so long as we had water they didn't see it as a problem.

    I initially had trouble with finding the owner, and not knowing the urgency, I spoke with the water company - who advised that they would come and look when the owner asked.

    We moved out and heard nothing more...

    Over a year later, the owner contacted me to pay the bill!!  

    There were over a thousand units of water lost in the space of four months...  The total bill including the work came to 2.000€...

    I didn't!!   I also pointed out that if they had dealt with it promptly, there would have been less expense...  not only that, but the water company had told me they would come out and read the meter, and not charge for the lost water - but the owner didn't call them, and so they lost!!

    It turned out that they couldn't deal with it, because they couldn't speak a word of French...  but I offered!!

    I felt happy about it as I had already found out how much I should have paid for the rental, and they charged me more than double!!

  22. Yes - I guess I forgot to mention that bit.

    It seems that meters cannot go wrong in France.

    In the UK I had a faulty meter, and with one ask I got a refund for far more than I expected...

    Here in France, I helped a friend to try to get a refund from EDF - much the same situation of an empty house, nothing on...   But EDF came out to check the meter and all the man did was watch the wheel go round and said that it worked!

    I ran a 1kW heater for an hour - which should be one unit - and it registered almost two...   multiply that by everything running in the house and it's massive errors going on.  So in a few weeks, the house was using more power than would normally be expected over a year...   EDF insisted on 4.000€ bill being paid.

    But - I find that the local-ness of my water company makes them very approachable...

  23. Isn't this one of the reasons we all love living in France?

    We have a similar system with our neighbours, who we also don't see...  They give us fruit, we make English deserts with it...   They seem to love these - or at least they are too polite to say otherwise!!

    Haven't given them any custard yet though!!  I think that would be one step too far!!!

  24. First of all, send a letter Recommandé...   you can get an example here:


    It seems to be a common thing - if they have created a letter for it!!

    You can read the example and copy it, or you can pay 2€ and fill in some fields and have the letter filled to your requirements.

    There also sites online where you can send the letter from the web, recorded delivery...  for little more than the price of the paper, envelope and stamp...   La Poste do this I'm sure.

    Good luck.

  25. The cheapest option is to replace the LNB on your Sky dish with one that will run two or more boxes - so yes, a dual (or quad, octo etc)

    The two devices need to exclusively control the LNB, so unless you disconnect the sky box when you turn on the tv decoder, they will fight!!

    You can pick up an LNB on eBay from about £5 or 5€...   I bought an eight-way LNB - ( to future proof!! ) - and had it delivered here all for around £12.

    Best wishes


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