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  1. I am surprised to see the comments advising contacting the Gendarmes. This is surely a sledgehammer to crack a nut, and will only lead to resentment and further aggression The sort of service of Médition which I suggested is clearly aimed at precisely this sort of situation, and specialises in non-aggressive solutions, yet no-body seems to have taken notice of it.
  2. I am not sure if you have a service de médiation in your town, but it specialises in these sorts of issues. Here is a link in which the job of the médiateur is explained in French: http://www.ville-beziers.fr/beziers_pratique/08.cfm a quotation as a taster: Les problèmes liés globalement au cadre de vie : nuisances sonores, aboiements ou dangerosité des chiens, hygiène, insalubrité du logement, stationnement anarchique. Les conflits de voisinage liés aux comportements incivils, à des problèmes psychologiques entraînant des conduites additives (alcoolisme, toxicomanie).
  3. That's rather what I said in my posting on page 2 "what should happen is that the whole of Europe adopt a similar system."
  4. This was mine on Easter Day [IMG]http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh80/bfb_album/P1050674.jpg[/IMG]
  5. [quote user="J.R. gone native"]I say that he should continue to say "serves them well", it carries just as much meaning [/quote] "serves them well "   is a bit ambiguous. It could be construed to mean something like ' it suits them' or even to have a positive meaning as in 'he serves them well' "Serves them right" is a particular idiom which carries the slightly malicious joy at the other person's situation, a bit like "schadenfreude" in German. There was no implied criticism of anybody being French, but if faulty idioms are not corrected they can become habitual, and there is no learning. This is why language teachers have a reputation for being 'difficult' . I never take criticism of my my mistakes in French  personally, which is just as well, given how many I make [:)]
  6. [quote user="Frenchie"]Yes, and because of that banner the Paris Saint Germain won't be able to play in the " Coupe de la Ligue" .. My son says " serves them well" [blink]   Hey Loiseau, yes, [;-)] [/quote] Tell him to say 'serves them right'...
  7. [quote user="Mark"]I put some 'A vendre' signs up on the roadside the other day, outside a house we're selling.  To my astonishment, I've already had two phone calls from interested parties, one of whom is coming for a viewing tomorrow.  I will tell them that the price is nett so that I get that price and the buyer pays that price plus the notaire's fees.  I was merely copying what seems to be the standard practice of the immos on that front - is it reasonable to assume that the prospective buyer will expect the price quoted to be exclusive of notaire's fees?  Do we split the fees 50/50? Also, I assume it's my responsibility to contact the notaire and set the wheels in motion with regard to him drawing up the compromis and, ultimately, the acte?  Does anyone know if there's a template letter on-line somewhere for sending to the notaire in the first instance? Is there anything more to do?  Thanks everyone [:)] [/quote] Prices are always quoted without Notaire's fees. It is the buyer's responsibilty to pay these. I also believe that the buyer chooses the Notaire, but I stand to be corrected on that. Be aware that there are several sorts of 'compromis' which bind the two parties in slightly different ways.
  8. [quote user="Ron Avery"][ He obviously knows little about the charges paid by "well off Brits" into the CMU, the difference between the CMU, CRDS and CSG, the way it is charged, who pays it and when.....  people are still liable to pay contributions sociale at a hefty 11% on any unearned income, like savings interest and rent income. [/quote] People with "unearned income, like savings interest and rent income" qualify as 'well-off' in my book. And if they have an E121 they are not paying into the CMU....
  9. What a scandal that well-off Brits can avoid paying anything, yet benefit from the French system. However with all the reforms it won't last long....
  10. I don't see anything strange
  11. The article I quoted has some interesting facts in the context of the current changes: "le territoire français est le plus maillé au monde en terme de mètres carrés de grandes surfaces par habitants La France compte en effet un hypermarché pour 46 000 habitants lorsqu'il y en a un pour 51 000 habitants en Allemagne et un pour 130 000 habitants en Italie !" France has the largest  ratio of supermarket surface per inhabitant in the world. There is a hypermarket per 46, 000 inhabitantsn whereas there is one for 56000 in Germany, and one for 130000 in Italy (my VERY free translation) If this is right, there is something wrong with Sarkozy's argument.
  12. There is an interesting counter argument with some fascinating differences of fact in this article (in French)
  13. People who declare rental income on French property also get hit by Social charges, even if they don't do an ordinary job
  14. I have had a similar offer with free... No problems living without FT it's the same line maintained by the same people, but you don't pay the FT subscription. On the other hand I live in a town. It might be different in the middle of the country.
  15. http://www.impots.gouv.fr/portal/dgi/public/particuliers;jsessionid=BFNXTJ1H1KJVNQFIEMQSFFGAVARW4IV1?espId=1&pageId=particuliers&sfid=10
  16. [quote user="Quillan"]From what I understand of what Norman wrote they actually did not refuse to do the lab work. [/quote] They did refuse to do it  in the letter, but it was a bluff to get the payment that the first clinic should have,  but hadn't made,  directly from me. When I went into today they said that as the second clinic had paid for the second test they had in fact done it .
  17. Latest news: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/apr/28/ryanair.theairlineindustry
  18. Panda you have lost me. I have been declaring my "revenus" for years on paper and more recently online and as far as I can see that is my tax return! Nowadays the income the tax people know about already (such as my French pension, and my part-time work) are already filled in. I have to add any other such as rental income, and fill in the extra form for any income from the UK, but once that is done, I have done my tax return
  19. But of course there can be the sort of glitch I experienced, even with all in place and paid up. Money before care is fine while you have money.
  20. In fact I now understand better. I went to the lab and paid the old bill today. The clinic that did the first biopsy last year never settled the bill with the Lab, which normally they should have done. So when the lab got another sample with my Sécu number it came up on their internal records as an unpaid bill. At the same time I had in fact paid the clinic last year, so I had no way of knowing that there was a problem. (I don't know yet if what I paid included the lab work, or it was just left out of the loop) the Lab did in fact do the most recent analysis which was paid directly by a different clinic in which my other Doctor works, and which is a bit more organised administratively, so they weren't as heartless as the letter sounded. They sent me the letter to get their money from the last time. Although I have been in France a long time my British instincts surfaced in the fact that this would never happen in the UK. With the NHS the medical care comes before money.
  21. tH[quote user="dr orloff"]I disagree with the blackcurrant. I always declare on an 'accruals' basis.[/quote]  Then l suggest politely that you are wrong. Cassis for ever
  22. [quote user="Russethouse"] Q, I think you may find that Norman has been in France for many years and paid into the French system, what he is highlighting is a difference in mindset, and I suspect that is valid, as rightly or wrongly many Brits would be horrified to be presented with this situation.[/quote] You have hit the nail on the head. My particular situation (compeletely misunderstood to a laughable degree by some unsympathetic posters such as Quillan) is that I have worked for so long in France that I have a French (not UK) pension which means that I will never have an E 121. (I would suggest that a few other people think about that because it will be the same for them later on ) My main point, which Russethouse has understood, is that our British instinct that if you have a major health problem you will be treated and for example a biopsy for a cancer would never be refused on financial grounds. This is NOT the case in France and you could find yourself refused treatment, if you can't pay , or if in my case there has been a glitch in the repayment mechanism in the past. So much for the so-called 'superior' health system in France..
  23. [quote user="Ron Avery"]"NormanH has an extremely good point to make. Can you imagine if this happened in the UK, it would be national news and you could probably sue the lab senseless!" Another one who does not understand how the health service works in France, and/or the variations in whether you pay up front or not,  but at least he/she does not  live here[blink].  I believe that you can get your prescriptions made up at the chemist free of charge in France if you have a carte vitale and a mutuelle, how marvellous,[:D] In the UK you have to pay £7.10 for each item, and if you don't have the money with you they won't give them to you,  what a disgrace[:P]. [/quote] But of course I pay for the Mutuelle, which I wouldn't have to in the UK, and I also pay 8% of my pension for the côtisations toward the Carte Vitale, which a British pensioner wouldn't pay... And that is whether or not I am ill. I also believe that people on a low income don't pay prescription charges in the UK. So why is that amusing?
  24. [quote user="Clair"]I am at a loss to see how an unpaid lab bill equates with poor health treatment [8-)] [/quote] I believe that you are French, so don't have the British 'gut instinct' that says when it is something like a test for cancer, money doesn't come into the equation. For most Brits 'good health treatment'  is synonymous with it being accessible for everybody, not just about the quality of the Doctor (which incidentally I find much better in the UK than in France, if you manage to get an appointment!) In some ways France is more American, and more commercial than the UK
  25. [quote user="Ron Avery"][quote user="Sprogster"] NormanH has an extremely good point to make. Can you imagine if this happened in the UK, it would be national news and you could probably sue the lab senseless! [/quote]   To talk about suing on the basis of a letter the OP clearly hasn't understood is utter nonsense. [/quote] I am not sure what I haven't understood. Would you be so kind as to enlighten me? By the way I never mentioned 'sueing' I simply tried to bring to peoples' attention that things that are automatically free under the NHS aren't necessarily here.
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