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  1. There is a better film version made in two parts by Pagnol himself. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manon_des_sources_(film,_1952)
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKfF2pfFwxw
  3. An excellent documentary on the History of "les Paysans" from around 1900 to the present day. Lots of astonishing film clips and many of the re-coloured https://www.france.tv/france-5/nous-paysans/2264015-nous-paysans.html
  4. Explained here: https://retailtimes.co.uk/brits-to-see-new-not-for-eu-labels-in-supermarkets-but-what-are-they/
  5. I can't understand how the choice seems to be going to be between two very old men. In France the President is 46 years old and the Prime minister 34. Rivals include MLP who is 55 years old and her sidekick Jordan Bardella who look as if he will lead the campaign for the Euro Elections for her party , and he is 28 years old. I thought that Europe was supposed to be the "Old Continent" !
  6. https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/eu-referendum/analysis-7-years-after-brexit-farmers-count-the-cost
  7. https://www-publicsenat-fr.translate.goog/actualites/economie/colere-des-agriculteurs-ce-que-contient-la-liste-des-revendications-presentee-par-la-fnsea-au-gouvernement?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp
  8. I forgot this link to the place where the butcher offers complete 'kits' of all the ingredients for some traditional dishes. The quantities are too large for a single person but could provide the basis for a familial meal https://boucherie-reverdel.fr/boucherie/
  9. Traiteurs tend to be outside caterers for special occasions. My local butcher also offers 'plats cuisinés' as do several places in Les Halles. They are closer to 'ready meals' t than the full menus offered by 'traiteurs' as you just buy the quantity of a prepared dish that you need https://boucherie-reverdel.fr/espace-dejeuner/ and https://boucherie-reverdel.fr/galerie/ This is a dish from one of the places in Les Halles https://www.facebook.com/reel/372003798863519 I have never seen anything edible in a supermarket here that could be called a ready meal except dubious-looking boxes with plastic tubs in them🤑 but with these "plats cuisinés" readily available elsewhere I don't need them
  10. True, though whether the metaphor would be understood in France is a different matter😄
  11. I don't know of any totally private "cliniques" around here, but there are several cliniques in and around the town that are run as private businesses, but whose fees are re-imbursed by the Social Security and Mutuelles. The big difference is that in the public Hospital there are teams of salaried staff, with a senior consultant, and a couple of assistants, so there is always somebody on duty. In the private cliniques a surgeon for example will be present for the operation, and perhaps do some rounds in the evening, but the rest of the time will be a way doing private consultations, perhaps in a "cabinet" in town. The consultants are not salaried, and are paid for each medical "act" , so this can lead to abuse by which relatively unnecessary procedures are done and then billed to the Social Security. There are staff in the office who are trained to look through your medical history, and see if they can find anything that they could do which can be charger for under the pretext it was necessary. This happens because they know that these acts will be paid for by the Social Security. For example I was in for an examination of the state of my heart arteries, which was to be done by my own consultant the next morning. In the evening another consultant came to give me an ECG, which wasn't needed, and again the next day before I was discharged. In the public Hospital which is not there to make a profit, just to treat you, incentive for this wasteful and costly behaviour.
  12. I emailed the other moderator ... the efficient one 😈
  13. "Get" as in 'get a coffee' 'get a shower' where will they get them FROM? Why not just have one? Or in this headline "US authorities say more Boeing 737 planes should get checks after door plug blowout" "be checked" or 'Have a check-up'...
  14. Yet the best butcher in the village in the Ariège where I had a second place for a while was in the Carréfour shop. They had a policy of having a % of local produce, and in this case it went as far as letting a local butcher source and run the meat counter. The fruit was also from local orchards, so at that period I did venture in to a supermarket.
  15. Not only pounds to grammes etc, but also those mysterious (to me) American cups https://www.cookingconversions.org
  16. Just a tiny point which doesn't take away the main thrust of menthe's point. "audio-visuel tax (radio and TV)" has been abolished
  17. Perhaps they think it is your résidence principale? https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F752
  18. Thanks for the clarification Gardian. Now I understand what you meant about the range of food in Supermarkets.
  19. Turnip carrot cabbage and potato with gherkins and horseradish sauce....last Wednesday
  20. I haven't been there for about 15 years so I can't comment on what you saw, but in any case I I don't buy food in supermarkets, but in the excellent specialist shops in the indoor market where the stall holders chat to you and give advice ; and as you can see from another thread I have a choice of really good restaurants. Perhaps it depends on whether you are comparing similar places? I suspect that many here live in small towns or villages where those thing are not so easily available.
  21. Back on topic:) Mine went up by 16% but as I changed last year to the one offered by the town who can negotiate a better price the monthly cost is still lower than it was with the old one. In figures the old one was 240€ a month before any increase, and the town one AFTER this year's rise is 150€
  22. There has been a lot about this in the UK press recently. To know the situation in France one can consult this site: https://ansm.sante.fr/disponibilites-des-produits-de-sante/medicaments tension de stock = in short supply.... rupture= out of stock... remise à disposition = available again
  23. Don't shoot the messenger. I was simpy giving a copy of the letter I received 😇
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