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  1. Sounds like Quillan coped pretty well with an "unusual" situation. 

    Regarding whether you HAVE to collect ID on every guest for the benefit of the gendarmes, I think the answer is in theory the law says "Yes", but in practice "It depends".  Let's face it, this law is generally ignored - a bit like the 1799 Act to regulate the fees charged by innkeepers and porters for holding and delivering packages in London.  I have never been asked for my address by a hotel or a B&B in France and whenever I've seen this same topic on French B&B owners forums they say the same thing - nobody bothers with it any more.  I've never had a French guest offer me their ID card on arrival and if they did I'd probably tell them to put it away.

    Nor do we ask for payment on arrival - that way we get more tips when they pay on leaving. [;-)]

    In fact, we do ask for and collect most guests' details at time of booking "just in case".  In case of what I'm not sure.  [:D]

    "Wait until you have a controle, then you'll be sorry if you don't have everyone's details".   I somehow doubt if the gendarmes know everybody who stayed with us so it would be pretty hard for them to catch us out even if they did suddenly decide to do a Spanish Inquisition on us - so I'm not about to wet my pants at the thought of gaps in our guest records.  If I don't know someone's address I just mark the address section on the invoice "inconnu".

  2. [quote user="lovymarisa"]
    Also, are you interested in any form of entertainment, for instance orientalist/middle eastern dancers. 


    If Georgie doesn't show any interest, could you forward me the details please, Marisa?  [:D]

    Tresco's link to the original thread which gave quite a detailed explanation of how to read a scam - partly rehashed by Quillan above - does not seem to work - how strange. [8-)]

  3. I'm not sure about this one.  What do you think?  Any words of profound wisdom greatly appreciated.  [:)]

    From The Desk Of David


    The Head Of File Department,

    African Development Bank (A.D.B).

    Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso West




    Compliments Of The Season Blessed One to Who I  Is Now Writing

         Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a

    surprise and may offend your personality for contacting you without your prior

    consent and writing through this channel.

                In my department we discovered

    an abandoned sum of $ 5 million U.S.A dollars ( Five million U.S.A dollars or

    dollars five to the million) . In an account that belongs to one of our foreign

    customer who died along with his entire family in (Monday 31st July 2000) in a

    plane crash (GOD BLESS HIS SOULS). Since we got information about his death, we

    have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we

    cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to

    the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines, but unfortunately we

    learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him

    at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon

    this discovery that I and one official in my department now decided to make

    this business proposal since nobody is coming for it and we don’t want this

    money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.


    series of prayers/fasting over 40 days and nights I was divinely directed to

    contact you among other names found in the data base Yahoo tourist search. I

    believe that God has a way of helping who is in need.   I am (David

    Zongo),the Head of file Department in African development bank (ADB).  When i was searching for a foreign reliable

    partner. I assured in a vision from the Lord our GOD (BLESSED BE THE NAME OF

    THE ALMIGHTY) of your capability and reliability to champion this business


    The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained

    unclaimed after a certain period of years, the money will be transferred into

    the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in

    this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner, and

    a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. We agree that 40% of

    this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a

    foreign account, 10% will be set aside for expenses incured during the business

    and 80% would be for me and my woman colleague. There after i will visit your

    country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.

    Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you

    must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the deceased

    indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and

    fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the money

    will be remitted.  Upon receipt of your

    reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application I will

    not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that

    you should not entertain any atom of fear, no my dear sir in all confidence be

    dealing with me as I speak from GOD, as all required arrangements have been

    made for the transfer.

    You should contact me on my cell phone  number 00226-7685 5660. 

     Immediately as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you


    Your’s faithfully,

    David Zongo.






    1) Your Full Name.............................

    2) Your Age.......................................

    3) Marital Status................................

    4) Your Cell Phone Number…………..

    5) Your Fax Number……………….....

    6) Your Country………………..............

    7) Your Occupation............................

    8) Sex................................................

    9) Your Religion.................................

    10) Your Private E-mail Adress...........

    11) Your place of


    12) Your mother’s

    maiden name..............

    13) The name of your

    first pet.................

    14) Your first school.......................

    15) Your last school....................................

    16) Your spouse’s

    maiden name.........................

     POST SCRITUM:You have to keep everything secret as to enable the transfer

    to move very smoothly in to the account you will prove to the bank. As you

    finished reading this letter call me immediately so that we discuss very well

    over this business.


    POSTHUMOUS SCRAPTUM:  The Good Lord our God has once again appearded

    to myselves in an imagining this past nights and has received to me a cavern in

    the desrt whence we are finding a large quantity of pills, watches of irreprochabel

    quality.  I am thinking that this may

    also be of interest to you or other persons with small engines or whose women

    are very demanding of services.  I am

    convince that a good man of upstanding as you prove as revealed to me will benefit

    in these delicacies.


    To effect disposals of

    pills and watches  I and a group of nuns

    and accountants, all of faith and profession, am proposing to visut in your

    region of FRANCE, EUROPE and wish to book for 10 weeks your ACCOMMODATIONS in

    FRANCE, EUROPE.  Payment of Unesco bank

    draft will be forthcoming on receipt of yourbankers details in the utmost haste

    to facilitate.


    Among our parties is an

    equal number of womens of Eastern Romania Balkans and Russia with

    manifold delights and breasts of bountifulbness.  Thes are innocent ladies of good breeding an voluptuosity.

    We is praying that you is having thoughts, as OUR GOOD GOD WISHES that you be

    laying your hands and other things on them and helping of these and yourself on

    our arrivals.

  4. [quote user="Will"]


    But perhaps it's not surprising, In a survey by insurance group AXA (http://www.francereview.com/articles/motoring/art1.php) 86% of British drivers in France did not know what they meant. There are some other good statistics there too, like only 17% knew the autoroute speed limits.


    I'm more terrified by the fact that most I meet seem completely unaware of the existence PaD rule in France and that they don't know the triangle and cross sign  - it may be different elsewhere, but the latter is common around here; there are dozens of them within a few km of us.  I can only put the lack of accidents involving visitors to our esteemed establishment down to the lack of other traffic on the roads. 

  5. [quote user="donc"]

    This year I have received 2 bills. One for 79 euros and one including TV for 638 euros.

    The address differs slightly on the bills and nature of property.

    I own a very small studio in Chamonix with undergroud parking so 638 seems very steep.Its is more then my taxe Foncieres.At present I do not have TV so can I get this removed.


    That's a bit confusing.  Are they both for the same property, or have you 2 properties?  Have you spoken to your Tresor responsable for collecting the tax?

    Assuming you're resident and declaring your income, your combined taxe d'hab and TV licence could go up enormously in year 2 if your declared income for year one was bog all (hence you'd have been exonerated Taxe d'Hab and just have to pay the TV licence) but you then declared a decent income in year 2 (so you have to pay a decent rate of taxe hab as well).

  6. That's lovely, Pads.  You can't whack a good rainbow to brighten up the sky on a rainy day.  [:)]



  7. For those who have not yet learned the Code de la Route and the associated signs for priorité à droite, the following road markings indicate that you are approaching a junction where you have to give way to the right:


  8. You have my full support.  I found it got better after a couple of years or so - my main tip being to get someone to lock you in a hermetically sealed box whenever you've had a few drinks in the first 24 months.  Alcohol is the big, inhibition-lifting enemy.

  9. I wonder, out of all those bought, which is the most under-utilised kitchen gadget -  the electric juicer, ice cream maker, electric can opener, spice grinder, parmesan shaver, electric peeler, olive stoner, garlic press, waffle toaster, coffee roaster, ice crusher, sandwich maker, bread machine, egg scrambler ..........

  10. [quote user="Quillan"]

    Cassis's idea of having a central list of scams is very good. To be able to look at a definitive and current list of scams would be great especially to new owners.


    The only downside being that the list would be so huge with so many new entries on a daily basis that it would be completely impractical, of course. 

    There are loads of sites if anyone wants to spend time reading about scams.  Two of the best:



    Anyone can find plenty more on Google.

    Plus Microsoft's website has basic info on spotting phishing scams.

    Here's a thought - if they put room rates up to 1$million dollars a night, then we could UK owners report scammers who try to book a room to the serious Fraud Office?

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