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  1. [quote user="waring"] Under UK law I am perfectly entitled so to do, as long as I am correctly bonded and trade within the law. French law requires all sorts of qualifications, experience and paperwork that I do not have, and thus even an application for a licence is years away. I am in effect being denied the right to exercise my trade. [/quote] Join the club, Waring!  If you live in France abide by French law whether you like it or not. Aly
  2. [quote user="londoneye"] I agree, it really depends who you talk to.    Go into your local Bricocolage and see how many of them would struggle if it weren't for Brits .... every second voice you hear is British.    Watch what the French buy - a couple of nails is a good day's shopping for a lot of the French in there.   Not so the British, trolleys laden with stuff for their complete renovation project !! ......  [/quote] Most of the French round here can't afford to spend money unless they really have to. If they only need a couple of nails then that's what they'll buy....why buy more than you need? Locally, the Brits are seen to be unreasonably affluent, ie. reasonably young "retirees" with no visible income who love to show off how much money they have. Given the very low wages here they come across as "bourgeois" and showy and are resented by many of the hard working and low paid younger French.  To be quite honest I can perfectly understand their attitude (but then I am part French myself and also fall into the same working group). Aly
  3. I'm with you on that littlemouse......if you have talent, determination and are willing to work hard you CAN succeed, whether you speak the language or not. I know, I've done it and I'm sure I can't be the only one! Aly
  4. I greet everybody with "ca va?" without thinking about it, also tend to automatically speak to people in French rather than stopping to think if they are English or French. Lots of others but I can't think of them now (red wine again) Aly
  5. J.R., "I was not sure what it was so didnt want to post, it looked too thick for crepi and more like chaux based enduit de renovation applied by projection." That's more or less it....not sure that it's chaux based, but a team of guys comes along with big machines and basically spray the whole building, leaving a nice even coat in your choice of colour (and a lot of mess!). If well done, it'll last for years and years before needing tidied up. Aly
  6. "Here's shot of the external wall in question showing some of the flaking and underlying damp which is visible externally from the damp cellar.  Crepi (as the agent referred to it) or enduit?" It's neither.....it's called "ravalement" and is done by a specialist company at the time of building. It should certainly last longer than 10 years and I would have thought they would have insurance to cover this. We frequently re-do ravelement but normally after 15 - 20 years when stains etc have set in. As the problem seems to be damp rather than bad standard of ravalement, I would guess that they would not be responsible, but the builder? Hope this helps, Aly
  7. Nothing to fear,Wooly. I'd rather be integrated than be forever an outsider trying to buck the trend! Aly
  8. Woolybanana said: "Unfortunately Angry Aly who metamorphosed from Charlotte3, whatever rigid system you are in and are pleading for, I feel it is a thing of the past or will be very shortly. France has to change and fast if it is not going to atrophy even more. Rigidity is out, flexibility is in. There are no guaranteed rice bowls any more, but hard work will be its own reward. But then, I'm sure you have a full order book as do most of the people round here as far as I can see. So perhaps you might live and let live."   The rigid system I am in is called employment, so I doubt if it will soon be a thing of the past! As an employee I don't prsonally have an order book, but our firm has 2 years of work on our books at the moment. It's not a quaestion of live and let live. I wasn't allowed to register as a painter and decorator. I didn't find the first loophole in the law and dive headlong into it, I found a way to do what I am QUALIFIED to do legally. That's what this is all about, BEING QUALFIED, and doing the legal and decent thing, nothing else. (I find it acutely embarrassing when we do work at British clients houses and meet a procession of British "black" workers coming and going. This is invariably accompanied by loads of excuses from the client as to why s/he is employing them rather than a legitimate worker. Of course my French colleagues see all this and it only serves to widen the gap between our two countries.) My colleagues just can't understand why les Anglais can't just do what they are qualified to do. I can't either, perhaps I've become more French than I realised! Aly          
  9. Nice one, JR.....decorators of the world unite! Aly
  10. Personally I wouldn't go there.....just send them a cheque then you know exacly where you are. This looks to me as if it will all end up in a complete muddle! Send a cheque, Aly
  11. Thanks for that Gardian. I think it's so sad that people on this forum are more interested in "black" working than in the brutal massacre of the most gentle and holy men on this earth. Shame on you. I'm in contact with some people close to this situation, and am waiting to hear if there is anything we can do to help in any way...difficult to know how we could do anything worthwhile, but I'll post any feedback I get. I'm (perhaps wrongly) assuming  some of you give a .....! Aly
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