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  1. Or a with a bit more 'edge'
  2. MP has given you the main link you need for the "régime générale" so normally that should be enough ....but You may also have paid into other "régimes" depending on the work you did. I also have https://www.agirc-arrco.fr and https://www.ircantec.retraites.fr
  3. I enjoy this site https://www.meteoblue.com/en/weather/week/béziers_france_3032833 That is for my town, but you can set it to anywhere in 'location' On "weather maps' there is a good menu on the left in which you can choose things. I find the 'radar' option with EU 2 hour interesting
  4. This is a ridiculous question: it is difficult to defines "French" food since there is such a large range of regional dishes; and personal taste affects the idea of 'rating'. In this area there are strong influences from Catalan/Spanish and Italian cooking, and hints of North Africa in some of the seasoning. There are restaurants serving everything from Vegan dishes to ribs of beef; seafood platters with oysters, raw mussels 'bulots' and whole crab; and traditional fare such as "Pot au feu", seasonal soups (potiron in October, or "vélouté de champignons " more recently since we finally had a little rain so there were some mushrooms).
  5. In an amusing post by Margaret Attwood: https://margaretatwood.substack.com/p/the-french-revvie-part-1-the-movies
  6. I too have been with them from the beginning in one of my barrels. At the other one I have had Free since the beginning. Both have served me well, though I get a slightly cheaper deal with Free. With Sosh you get access to the Online Tv stations of Orange
  7. Yet again hi-jacking a topic and diverting it to seek attention. Once pointed out it is easy to spot, so why not try something else?
  8. My North African friends use 'bled' in both a pejorative and ironic sense. 'Je vais passer mes vacance au bled' is not totally negative for example.
  9. From the Ministry of the Economy (Bercy); and valid all year round: https://www.economie.gouv.fr/achats-fin-annee-conseils-consommateurs-black-friday-noel?xtor=ES-39-[BI_343_20231121]-20231121-[https://www.economie.gouv.fr/achats-fin-annee-conseils-consommateurs-black-friday-noel]
  10. I hate to think of cleaning the toothbrush after
  11. NormanH


    There are some good recipe ideas on the site I linked to , menthe
  12. https://www.economie.gouv.fr/particuliers Lots of useful and official information on a wide range of topics
  13. NormanH


    Thanks for bothering to do that. I think you are right.
  14. NormanH


    Has anybody any idea why a perfectly good photograph would look so dark here?
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    I have recently discovered this cereal thanks to a local restaurant which I find I much prefer to rice: https://blog.lafourche.fr/petit-epeautre-bienfaits-recettes It has more body and a firmer texture and when cooked in a stock it holds the flavour well/home
  16. It is often closed for maintenance in the winter but never so early or potentially for so long https://actu.fr/societe/occitanie-le-canal-du-midi-sera-ferme-a-la-navigation-beaucoup-plus-longtemps-cet-hiver_60253277.html https://www.thelocal.fr/20230313/famous-canal-du-midi-stays-closed-amid-water-level-fears-in-france
  17. If I pronounce my version (which is an argued-through version of Lori's) into my French note taker it gives Ajaccio.
  18. I think the first is hard as in "ak" then the second is soft as in is "sio" ( in the French version anyway) if you think about it there is d'AC as in "d'accord" and "cio" as in "ciel" or "cimes"
  19. Yes it's possible. That, France Service, or the helpline offer a range of options. Thanks 👍
  20. That may have been the previous system. I think this 'Espace Santé" may have replaced it..
  21. Here is another which is a real challenge as the original has a tight rhyme-scheme and syllabic structure The original is here: https://www.poetica.fr/poeme-794/guillaume-apollinaire-le-pont-mirabeau/ Him reading it: https://media.sas.upenn.edu/pennsound/authors/Apollinaire/Apollinaire-Guillaume_01_Le-Pont-Mirabeau_1913.mp3 My Translation Beneath the Pont Mirabeau flows the Seine So do our loves Must I tell myself again Joy always came after Pain Clocks may strike, night may come Days go by, I live on Hand in hand, lets stay eye to eye Under the bridge Of our arms waves glide by Weary of eternal scrutiny Clocks may strike, night may come Days go by, I live on Love goes away as the water flows Love goes away Just as life slows And Hope deals us violent blows Clocks may strike, night may come Days go by, I live on Days and weeks pass in vain Nor time past Nor past loves come back again Beneath the Pont Mirabeau flows the Seine Clocks may strike, night may come Days go by, I live on video.mp4
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