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Everything posted by NormanH

  1. "the costs of car/house insurance, taxes foncieres and habitation, water and electricity have hardly risen for me during that period" I find car insurance much higher here, or would do if I wasn't priced out of car ownership Taxes foncieres and habitation are about 1200 euros for small flat. Water 75 euros a month Electricity 80 euros a month. I have been able to cut down, but don't know any more how that compares with the UK The cost of food I can't compare, but it certainly seems to be hurting the French see here  seen on another Forum
  2. Has anybody considered that some people might have various degrees of Bi-Polar disorder?
  3. " We spend loads more on bread than we ever did in the UK - but like so many other things, the quality is a world apart"I agree that good wholemeal bread in the UK is much better than French pap.
  4. "he qualified by being resident in the UK in the September before his 60th birthday" Does this mean that someone resident in France in the September before his 60th birthday wouldn't get it even if he moved back to the UK?
  5. And Cameron wants to stop Local Government pensions:
  6. Because it's to help poor people in cold parts of Britain, not rich ex-pats who came to France for a better  climate!
  7. [quote user="Clair"][quote user="Bugbear"]I'm much more inclined to say, never trust a woman with testicles...................[:P][/quote] Brains and testicles? Is that what they call a miracle?[:-))] [/quote] No but a man with enough blood in his body to allow his brain and his penis work at the same time...THAT would be a miracle...[:D]
  8. Why not a Socialist party to the left lead by Aubry, a party to the right under Sarkozy, and a party in the middle lead by Bayrou? That way the 'Royalists' have a clear choice, as have those on the right uncomfortable with Sarko.
  9. Cold and bright with a certain wind, but absolutely no sign of snow..
  10. I agree..but I despair when I read so many peoples' postings about how good the system is. They are judging by quantity not quality, but the reason for the quantity is that everything  is paid for 'à l'Acte'. The Sécu is a real 'Vache à lait' (I forget the English phrase) and is milked hard by a cabal of professionals!
  11. It's interesting that when Aubry had a lead of 42 both sides claimed that the other had rigged votes. After the recount Aubry has 102.. Does,'t that suggest that there was more fiddling on Royal's side than the other?
  12. But of course they are paid for each consultation. That is why they want to see you so often! British immigrants often think rather naively that the Doctor is being thorough when in fact he is just looking for business.
  13. Sorry simultaneous post
  14. I believe it says that the agence will give them back  the overpayment of 1350 euros on the day of the signing
  15. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/kNcFQOoHGuwznwQY8V
  16. Perhaps she has replaced 'la Démocratie participative' by 'la Démocratie répétitive'?
  17. When you start looking you might find this site useful. It has quite a lot of factual information on the towns, but also a section for people to say what they like and dislike about the place. The comments are in French, but that will help with learning the language, and you get a view that isn't based on the need to sell a property, or that of other English people who are in love with the charm. Of course you can just google the name of the town, and get the official site, but that doesn't give you the same comments.
  18. Good luck if you do decide to come over. You may find that being single is a bonus for learning French as you won't be speaking English all day long with a partner, and you will be forced to use French in daily living. I had the added help of a French lady who shared my house for a few years, so I got an intensive course. I would strongly advise you to get involved in  local Associations. In a reasonable sized town there are hundreds. You will find that the pound has dropped against the Euro even since May, and rents in the larger southern town such as Montpellier  are quite high. Perpignan might be a possibility with access to Spain very easy. If you are interested in that area there is a Forum about it here
  19. Both parties seem quite good a vote-rigging. Remember the election for the Maire of Perpignan which has just been declared invalid because of the voting slips one of the officials had stuffed in his sock..
  20. If the list of people authorised to sign was more like the passport one, or the Local Government pension  form I referred to before, it would be easier to find a fellow  Brit to sign. After all there are plenty of professional people in retirement  in France.
  21. Cynical me says that is is easier to make friends in a country where you have a relatively high income than one in which you are at the bottom of the earnings table. So it depends a bit on your financial situation.If you have income from the UK, or whether you depend on earning a living for example. The other element is your language skills. I assume that English is more accepted in Malaysia. In France you can feel isolated in a small community.  It is hard to ever achieve the fluency of expression you have in your mother tongue, and strangely it becomes more rather than less frustrating.  The more you understand of what is being said around you the more your inadequacy to  fully explain yourself is felt. But then from some of the reactions I have received on this Forum I suspect I no longer have that in English either..
  22. For some time there has been a similar form to fill in for recipients of Local Government pensions, but the list of people authorised to sign is not the same. I have twice signed as a witness for a retired teacher who lives locally. It does have  the same sort of phrase about stopping payment. I don't think it is menacing, just a check that someone in receipt of a pension is really still alive, and the money isn't going into the wrong pocket.
  23. Décidément les femmes font de la politique autrement..[:D] She might form a break-away party.  It is more the PS that is finished than any individual, thought it must be said that as ex-candidate for President, ex-candidate for party leader, and ex-companion of the ex-leader she will have a bit of a job of continuing her "Renewal" line...stolen I suspect from Obama.
  24. I don't believe that Water Rates exist in France. You may receive a metered bill from whichever company supplies your water, but in that case the Bill will show the address to which you should send the payment.
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