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  1. No idea about the grammatical rule. But for instance, "pas UN chat" is "not a single cat"

    as for "not reading the papers", look it's the same in English, as "ne pas lire les journaux"

    same, I think, with your first example, pas de problème or pas de choix - translated in English by "no problem and "no choice".

    I might only have demonstrated above that I am so much the wrong person to ask about rules.... I might speak both languages OK, it doesn't mean I know the rules! [:D] You have to play it all by ear ("au pif" or "au feeling" LOL!)

  2. Ah it's always so pleasing to be agreed with, thanks 17! Going to French thread, but not really back - more like whizzing through![;-)]

  3. Norman, I just knew you would have something to say regarding the new Béziers mayor, and I popped back here to see what your take was...

    Several Brits from around here, who go and shop in the Béziers Polygone rather frequently, are threatening to move their custom to Montpellier [:D] although this might only slightly impact on the town's new economy.

    Idun, I share your suspicions re. Manuel Vals - I have really tried to like him (or what he says and does) and just can't. I find him only slightly less objectionable than Jean-François Copé but they both strike me as rather vicious, Vals's saving grace  might be that he seems a bit less sournois than J.F. Copé. Someone (French) summarised the choice of Vals as prime minister as "Hollande getting himself a d-i-ck" (ooops, that might get censored here although, nothing personal here, it is all metaphorical of course!)

  4. What about the CLCV, they could perhaps help? http://www.clcv.org/

    or another association de consommateurs like "Que Choisir"?

  5. Only just saw that thread, and - even though it has moved on a lot since it started - and even though I haven't read every single word of the comments, what came to me immediately was "en pas plus de deux ans" - a clumsy, but almost literal way of translating... what was it again you were supposed to transate??[:D][:P]

  6. My first response to "à priori" would be "as far as we know" ..... whether this is right or not, is another paire de manches!

  7. Yes you are right (both) about "en avoir pour........minutes/hours/days".

    Yesterday someone asked me about the expression "avoir beau (faire quelque chose)" - he thought it was the same as "même si" - not quite, though.

    For instance, if you say: "J'ai beau me lever tôt le matin, je n'arrive jamais à tout faire"

    So it is "even though". It's a strange expression, I had never thought about it like this.

  8. We misunderstand each other probably because our situations are completely different - I have no idea how to clarify yours, as it is so much outside my experience!

    I can only direct you to the official text: http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/particuliers/F17585.xhtml which may, or may not be relevant to you since yours seems to be neither pension de retraite nor pension d'invalidite???

    I hope you find the answer to your question, although, not necessarily in the link above?

  9. [quote user="EuroTrash"]Well that's what I assumed (all foreign income at least) but 5_elements seemed to be saying that she is in the French health system but she shouldn't be liable to CSG because her income is below the tax threshold?[/quote]

    I think you might have misunderstood me, Eurotrash. I am in the French health system (although I get most of my income from the UK). My own income is both below taxable threshold, and also below the CSG threshold (2 different figures I think).

    My husband is NOT in the French health system, and therefore is not liable for any CSG.

    But because we are one "foyer fiscal", if you add both our incomes, we are liable for some income tax - fair enough!

    However, our incomes should NOT be treated together for CSG payment, since HE is exempted - so, if there was CSG to be paid, it should be on my income only. My income is too low to be CSG liable. Yet, we are being liable, as if we were a standard French foyer fiscal. In other words, his CSG exemption is being ignored (through the mere fact that he is married to me?).

    Parsnips, many thanks, I will proceed with contesting (I have paid - of course one pays first, and then contests.[:D])

  10. [quote user="parsnips"]

    Hi,

           The only income subject to french IR but not CSG, is, I think, the UK state retirement pension, which is exempted by a specific EU ruling.    The ruling was based on the CSG being a "cotisation" not a tax.

    [/quote]

    UK state retirement pension is exempted by a specific EU ruling, but only if you do not have any French pension too (mine is 100 euros per month). But because of that tiny French pension on top of part of a UK state pension, I no longer have an S1 and am "à la charge" of the French social security for healthcare.

    Mr. 5E, on the other hand, has an S1 - and therefore should be exempt from CSG.

    Not so. Because we are taxed jointly, the CSG amount we owe is calculated on half our joint income.

    What is even more interesting than OH being in effect, charged CSG, is that should I be taxed alone, my income is below the ceiling of taxable income and should also be exonerated from CSG charges. So, while OH is exempt (0 CSG to pay), and I am exonerated (0 CSG to pay), together, we are charged CSG! Which must mean that 0 + 0 = 2 sometimes.

    I had animated discussions with the accountant about this, she swore blind that she had checked and that the charged CSG was right.

    I am now bracing myself to go and enquire at the local hotel des Impots,and maybe even build a dossier to contest what I see as a rather odd way of calculating social charges.

  11. Thanks for clarifying, Pickles. It's become such an impossible task to try and keep up with new measures, half-measures, and proposals of measures [:)]

  12. But income tax and social charges are already merged, as from this year - I've already paid ours...both French residents,  (as I have a minuscule French pension, it means means that we are liable). Admittedly, the opposite situation to the one you mention, Pickles, but I thought it means that everyone who is liable for CSG etc had the amount merged with their income tax for 2012. Apologies if I am just muddying the waters further...

  13. [quote user="NormanH"]I still have no bill for the Impôsition sur les Revenus (either online or by post)

    Strangely enough I have got a bill for my social charges (which I understood were going  to be incorporated into the Revenus this year) [8-)]

    [/quote]

    Snap, Norman, same here, no bill for impôts yet.... only the taxe foncière.... ouch!!![+o(]

  14. Maybe the plate is quite small...

    You're giving me ideas, Norman. But what are the beige-white bits that look like macaroni, is it salsify?

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