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  1. We are initially renting a bar restaurant with the option to buy. What I need to know is can we operate under the landlords licence or do we need to purchase this up front?
  2. Hi Has anyone been involved with cheques de restauration from the restaurant end? If so I would welcome any info that you can give me. Thanks Steve
  3. sounds like a carburettor problem. disassemble and clean out all the jets.
  4. Just bought some Mc vities digestives and chocolate digestives from the French biscuit part of intermarche. They are still selling the english version on the "Anglais" shelf for about three times the price. Only complaint is that the chocolate seems different,perhaps what were used to can't be classed as chocolate in France?
  5. Gorgeous docile female Dalmation is looking for a mate! Just come into season. We are willing to travel and of course pay a reasonable stud fee.
  6. Whilst having in the past some sympathy for those who have moved to france and are struggling to survive. I have recently lost two contracts to brits who are undercutting me and I am certain they are working en black. I have had enough. I am paying cotisations which support their stay here  and have decided that whereas in the past I tended to turn a blind eye I am now not going to. My question is.Who do I report them to and what evidence do I need ?  
  7. Its so that when you have guests you just need to give them the combination. To be honest there is probably more work involved in prising open a keysafe than breaking into the house!
  8. I do this for a living. Get the most powerful Stihl you can afford. It MUST have handlebars never the stupid ring handle.Get the harness and a good facemask. Chuck the head to the back of the shed and buy a good universal head (one machined out of solid alloy ) Buying cheap tools is a real waste of money , believe me I've tried.  
  9. Hi I need to hire a wacker plate, can anyone tell me what the french words are for it, surely not "assiette frappe" !!!!
  10. Hi You cant set up as a boarding kennel of any kind until you have a certificate of competence. We had to do a three day course ( in French) and pass an exam. there are also strict rules about your premises.There is a big investment and if you haven't done your homework you could end up losing out big style. trust me there are easier ways to make a living regards Steve
  11. Over 3 and up to 9 dogs you need to inform your mairie. However if you sell more than one litter of pups a year then you are classed as a breeder and have to get a certificat de capacite from the prefecture via the DSV. To get one of these you need to pass an examination (in French).There are various ways of taking this exam. We went on a three day course run by the SCC (societe Centrale Canin) which is the French equivalent of the kennel club.It was blxxxy hard graft and took us over ayear to get on the course. Is your french language good? If not you wont pass the exam. Alternatively there is a home study course and you then go to a recognised centre and take a multiple choice exam on a computer. You are allowed a translator for this supplied by the centre and paid for by you. The difference is the home study one covers all pets (general animal husbandry) We brought over nine dogs but these were yorkies!! I think the only way you will do it is via the tunnel as most ferries limit the number of animals. I seem to recall that we were allowed 3 dogs per person but this I think has changed to three per vehicle best check eurotunnel site. Best of luck and if you need any advice when you get here give us a shout Cheers Steve and Lisa
  12. Just come back from S.C.C. course where we covered this point. Where it gets a bit muddled is that in France they recognise Pit Bulls,Staffordshires and American Staffordshire terriers. If these are not pedigree dogs and not  inscrit with the L.O.F then they are classed as category one dogs You cannot import ,sell or give away a cat 1.dog You cannot be in charge of one if you are under 18 It must be registered at the mairie It has to have rabies jabs It must be on lead and muzzled in public There is compulsory insurance required and you must carry the dogs i.d. papers at all times They cannot be kept in public housing schemes and are not allowed on public transport Sterilisation is compulsory Sanctions include 1600€ fines and six month prison terms. The problem is that the French do not seem to recognise Staffordshire bull terriers as a seperate breed and as far as crosses go the law states that it applies to any dog that has the appearance and/or the morphology of a category 1 animal whatever parents they have. I  have never seen a staffie in France but it might be worth googling staffies in France or something to find an owner who has one here.otherwise you just take a chance and bring it. Once you are here then I would just avoid walking withit in towns as you might come across an overzealous gendarme!! Best of luck Steve  
  13. ruonglue

    pet sitting

    you need to either have proof of at least three years commercial experience in looking after animals in the uk or sit an exam in french (You are allowed an interpretor) If you pass you then apply to the D.S.V. who have to approve your application and they then forward it to the prefecture who will issue you with a certificate of competence. If you are looking after a couple of dogs in your own home then you should be ok but if you want to open a boarding kennel you need to get a copy of the regulations(about five pages of them) from the prefecture they apply to things like building materials noise levels waste etc. you must be 100 metres from the nearest habitation and neighbours of up to a kilometre away have a right to complain about noise,smell etc. problem is if you only look after a couple of dogs you wont earn enough money to live on or pay cotisations, France is not geared up for part time work. We are here in our third year and are just about getting to the point where we can apply for planning permission!! Its a big investment  and you need to be certain that there is a big enough market ie Brits in the area you plan to set up in. The French seldom use kennels  they either take their pets with them or friends and family look after them. Best of luck Steve
  14. We are in the process of doing the same and there are a myriad of regulations. First off are you 100 metres from your nearest neighbour? No? forget it, if yes continue, however people who live up to a kilometre away have the right to complain. up to 9 dogs of your own you need permission of the mairie, 9 up to 49 for commerce you need a licence from the prefecture. But wait you cant do anything until you have a cetificate de capacite. You obtain this by going on a three day course ( in French) with an exam at the end. you then take this to the DSV at the chambre of agricole who may or may not approve it and then forward it to the prefecture who will if they are happy issue you with the certificate de capacite.The course can be obtained through the SCC(Societe centrale canine, details online) be prepared for a long wait as the courses are very heavily oversubscribed. This course is to licence you as a breeder. There is another exam you can take which should enable you to board. this is run by the lycee Agricoles and is a multichoice done on a PC ( We passed this !!!Yippee) Phew! You then have to register your business.with the chambre d'agricole who in turn will register with the other chambres if neccesary.depending on the exact nature of your enterprise. Its taken us two years so far!!! We in fact are registered with the chambre de metiers/commerce/Agricole Hope this doesn't deter you too much Bonne Chance Lisa and Steve      
  15. went to the chambre de metiers to register my enterprise and they recommended a minimum of 30€ per hour if there was to be any chance of the business succeeding.the black workers on the buildings here charge 150€ a day "skilled" and 100€ a day for labourers. My business is mainly contract grasscutting and there are no end of desperate amateurs who are willing to undercut me and work for next to nothing whilst claiming benefits etc on the side.
  16. ruonglue

    Dog sitting

    Hi Denis Have sent you a PM
  17. Dont think you would want a rottie in France as they are classed as dangerous dogs and are not allowed in public unless muzzled and on a lead . Also cannot be walked by anyone under 18 and you must carry the dogs ID papers and I think compulsory insurance with you whenever in public.Not much fun for the dog or owner. Not sure about the other breeds, though would be worth checking before buying.
  18. IMHO its crazy to come to france and expect to be having intellectual conversations in French unless you are fluent before you arrive I think i can speak the language to a moderate degree and dont have a problem in my daily conversations with the other people who live in my commune, however they are almost 100% small farmers. The weather Crops Animals Veterinary Subjects and Food and drink are the main subjects.My French friends are extremely impressed with the number of books we have on display, i cant remember seeing a book in any of my neighbours houses. The real revelation to us in our 3rd year in France is how easy it has been to make such good friends from England. From having a small circle of old friends in the UK we have a great social life now , OK you do meet the odd ones now and again but  except for the obvious chavs we are willing to give anybody a try once.most of our new friends tend to be from the south of England(we are from the north) as i think the majority of migrants tend to come from there. We are a fairly young family with kids at school but our friends both French and Brits come from all age groups which is another refreshing change.In the Uk we wouldnt have dreamt of inviting a couple in their sixties to dinner, but here its natural and we have really benefitted. Where do you all live where there is nothing to do? we are so busy i worry that we are taking too long to get round to people we owe invitations to. we recently held an aperatif evening and 65 turned up 50/50 French/English and there were loads we forgot or couldnt make .I find the French a bit reserved sometimes but given a bit of encouragement,a few drinks and a bit of insight into how the brits enjoy themselves they are unstoppable and are really pleased to have the opportunity to let themselves go. Move Back? never Move on? maybe when the kids leave home sellup and go round the world in a winnebago
  19. We have two french hounds, approximately 5 months old, which we rescued from a farmer who was about to take them out and shoot them. They are very friendly, lively pups in need of a good home. We live in dept 36 (indre).
  20. i agree with the above, been here two years and could speak some french before i arrived. going by people we know here now i would say that if you are an adult it is unlikely that you would become fluent until you have been here for about 4 years and then  you would need to be working with french speakers full time. As i dont work with french speakers but do have french friends and propably speak some every day i reckon on being fluent in about 8 years!!! mind you i have a relative who has lived here for 5 years and he hardly speaks a word of french and someone i know has no french at all after 15 years in france!
  21. when i went to anpe and asked for a job the lady said ive got one for you..............go away and learn the language as you are unemployable without it! seriously though the only employment a non fluent person is likely to get is in the most menial sections imagine the sort of jobs non english speaking people get in the uk.
  22. this reflects the dream world that a lot of potential french residents live in. I dont pay income tax and the majority of my friends dont, simply because we dont earn enough.social security charges are the killer if you are self employed as you pay these even if you dont earn a euro. I know people who have lived and worked on the black in france for five or six years and  also some who got caught out in a few weeks. the succesful ones however were all doing exactly the same thing in the uk!! surely if you want to live in somebodys country for whatever reason it should be common sense to live by their rules and not to immediately try to evade the bits that you dont like?
  23. [quote user="Keni"] I am finding this all a bit puzzling. We hope to retire over to France in the next few years. My husband will receive a small pension of around 5K a year, and we will both be in our fifties. We will just be living on the pension and a bit of interest from when we sell the British home. Will we still be expected to pay around 250e's a month each for social - that's about what we will be living on! We cannot find out from anyone what our dues will be. Keni [/quote] some friends and i were discussing how much we need to survive on, admittedly we all have kids at school but the lowest estimate was 1200e a month and that would leave nothing in reserve.Have you thought what you would do if you had to go into hospital and had to pay the top up? you wont be able to afford a mutuelle.If your car breaks down can you afford to repair or replace it? unless you live in a town it isnt really viable to live without one. Please think long and hard about what you are planning to do.We have seen so many really nice people go back to the uk having basically spent their life savings.Its a sad fact that even estate agents will tell you that two out of three english families return to the uk within two years,
  24. sorry but i moved to france to get away from shootings drug dealing burglaries hoodies chavs drunken fights in town centres and the general yobbery of  the uk . I live in a country where everyone i meet is polite. people take a pride in their jobs even where in the uk they would be thought of as very lowly. the education system is so good compared to the uk and family values still mean something here. after over two years here i still cant believe how the people of our commune and our neighbours have been so friendly and helpful, i have lived all over the uk and NEVER been made as welcome as i have been made in this a foreign country. Please believe me ; every time i return to the uk the things that strike me are the amount of traffic .the crap service in shops.the number of young girls pushing prams. the half naked young women walking round the shops. the abusive language used by everybody  especially kids.the amount of litter everywhere. oh yes and a lack of pride generally!!!! As my wife said to some yob sarcastically, people like you are the reason why i am proud to be british. dont get me wrong i am proud to be english, but am not ashamed to admit that even if i hated it here(which i dont) i would stay because it is such a better country to bring up children in.
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