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  1. 3 hours ago, Lehaut said:

    Tut tut at this scandalous generalisation, we have just got back from walking in the snow in Chamonix!  Really liked the feel of Grenoble when we stayed there a couple of years ago,  surrounded by the mountains, but gather the weather is pretty dire a lot of the time   it certainly changes very quickly.

    I think that it is in a 'bowl' so suffers from heat in the Summer, and is cold and damp in the Winter. It is also subject to atmospheric pollution.


  2. 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" !


  3. 17 hours ago, anotherbanana said:

    Yes, Gardian, well noted; but with a place like Calais there are usually any number of road accesses, off motorway, so folks get the old maps out.


    By the way, what exactly are they demonstrating about?


  4. 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



    and https://boucherie-reverdel.fr/galerie/

    This is a dish from one of the places in Les Halles


    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





  5. 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.




  6. "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'...




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  7. 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.

  8. 8 hours ago, Gardian said:

    Looking back on this thread, there’s two things that I’d like to expand on :

    First (and as a UK positive), the range of ‘prepared meals’ which are available in the UK. We were visiting friends when we were over there and they’re hardly up to cooking for themselves, let alone for guests.  So we brought the food from M & S and excellent it was too. It took barely half an hour to cook and was voted a big hit, almost as if we’d cooked it from scratch.

    Second (and as a UK negative), the roadside ‘debris’ that you see just about everywhere.  It’s not the first time that we’ve noticed it, but it just seemed worse than ever.  France may not be perfect, but certainly you don’t see what I’m alluding to around here.  In the UK, it seemed to be worse than ever.  How much of that can be blamed on the local authorities for not getting their people to deal with it, I simply don’t know.  More (much, much more) the ‘droppers’ I suspect.

    Thanks for the clarification Gardian. Now I understand what you meant about the  range of  food in Supermarkets.


  9. 9 hours ago, ssomon said:

    Returning to the topic, I think that veggies are sadly missing from most offerings, at least around here, apart from frites or pâte

    The closest we've been given recently was a spoonful or so of pale green mush, presumably of vegetable origin, at a well-know restaurant on the main road near Castelnaudary.


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  10. 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.

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