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  1. On 30/06/2024 at 09:12, Noisette said:

    Well in my part of Real France views are polarised. On the one hand you've got the rag-bag of 'French'...nearly all 2nd or 3rd generation descendants of Spanish and Italian immigrants, who vote RN as a matter of principle. Then there are the 'stupid' Brits who are vociferously horrified by the apparent  popularity of the extreme right but mostly can't vote here anyway.

    Should you care to acquire some facts, towns like Tonneins, Agen and Marmande  have quite high proportions of, respectively, N. Africans and Portugese (tabac and building industries), N. Africans (agriculture) and in Marmande I'm not sure what they do but there are a lot of them.

    Just as in UK 30 years ago, the latest addition to the mix are Eastern europeans.

    Quite what all that has to do with French nationality escapes me, but at least you got a response to the wind-up 😂

    Nice to read some facts. Here in Béziers you could add Turkish and Middle eastern to the list but it makes an uneasy mix with  the large 'pied noir' contingent, one of whom is the Maire.

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  2. On 30/06/2024 at 21:24, Harnser said:

    "national priority in certain areas, in particular for access to employment and housing"

    Presumably you are not aware that in the UK, employers and landlords are compelled by law to investigate the immigration status of prospective employees and tenants? 

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/landlords-guide-to-right-to-rent-checks/landlords-guide-to-right-to-rent-checks-21-june-2024-accessible

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5a7b94a8e5274a7318b8f97c/summary-guidance.pdf

     

    I am referring to France. What may or may not be the  case in the UK is not relevant

  3. I don't see any distiction being made here between 'nice' EXPATS (spit) and nasty immigrants..

     

    En 2024, la « préférence nationale », théorisée par les fascistes dans les années 1980, reste plus que jamais l’élément central du programme du RN. « C’est la raison d’être de ce parti, s’il abandonne ça, il n’est plus rien », résume Jean-Yves Camus, politologue spécialiste de l’extrême droite.

    D’après son programme présidentiel, Marine Le Pen souhaite ainsi introduire dans la Constitution « la priorité nationale dans certains domaines, notamment pour l’accès à l’emploi et au logement » en y ajoutant « l’institution de sanctions pénales ou administratives ». Un employeur, un propriétaire et un bailleur social seraient donc contraints de choisir le dossier d’un Français, sous peine de sanctions. Une menace couplée à d’autres mesures, dont le durcissement des conditions d’accès à la nationalité française et « l’expulsion des étrangers sans emploi depuis un an », pour vider la France de ses immigrés.

    Des arguments qui n’ont aucune valeur économique

    Concernant le logement social, Marine Le Pen a même sous-entendu qu’il fallait expulser les familles étrangères, en émettant le vœu, en 2022, de « remettre sur le marché les 620 000 logements sociaux occupés par des étrangers 

  4. En 2024, la « préférence nationale », théorisée par les fascistes dans les années 1980, reste plus que jamais l’élément central du programme du RN. « C’est la raison d’être de ce parti, s’il abandonne ça, il n’est plus rien », résume Jean-Yves Camus, politologue spécialiste de l’extrême droite.

    D’après son programme présidentiel, Marine Le Pen souhaite ainsi introduire dans la Constitution « la priorité nationale dans certains domaines, notamment pour l’accès à l’emploi et au logement » en y ajoutant « l’institution de sanctions pénales ou administratives ». Un employeur, un propriétaire et un bailleur social seraient donc contraints de choisir le dossier d’un Français, sous peine de sanctions. Une menace couplée à d’autres mesures, dont le durcissement des conditions d’accès à la nationalité française et « l’expulsion des étrangers sans emploi depuis un an », pour vider la France de ses immigrés.

    Des arguments qui n’ont aucune valeur économique

    Concernant le logement social, Marine Le Pen a même sous-entendu qu’il fallait expulser les familles étrangères, en émettant le vœu, en 2022, de « remettre sur le marché les 620 000 logements sociaux occupés par des étrangers 

  5. Des centaines de milliers de travailleurs potentiellement privés d’emplois

    Ce texte vise même à « interdire l’accès à des emplois dans l’administration, des entreprises publiques et des personnes morales chargées d’une mission de service public aux personnes qui possèdent la nationalité d’un autre État ». Cet extrait en dit long sur le projet du RN qui vise non seulement les étrangers, mais aussi les binationaux, soit 3,5 millions de personnes.

    L’extrême droite discrimine encore et toujours les citoyens selon leurs origines, ce qui finit toujours par se retourner contre tout le monde. « Les étrangers, et donc les binationaux, sont considérés comme déloyaux d’office, et à ce titre il faudrait leur interdire l’emploi public. Bon courage ! Que ce soit pour les médecins, les professeurs ou encore les éboueurs, l’emploi public repose en grande partie sur des travailleurs de nationalité étrangère ou de double nationalité », souligne Ian Brossat

  6. 6 hours ago, Lehaut said:

    I have the same potential question over my military pension, similarly taxed at source.  I have the P60 too.  Just to clarify, you declare the income before tax?  As far as I know there is no method to declare in France how much tax you have paid in the UK.

    In my   case I have a P60 issued by the Teacher's Pension Agency which shows both the  gross and net figures. If you have something similar from the Military Pension you could try that. I gave the gross figure on my original declaration

     

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  7. For the first time in 25 years I have been asked to prove that I have paid tax on my Teachers' pension.

    This is taxed at source in the UK  but taken into account for  the band in which my OAP (which IS taxable in France ) comes.

    Until now the Teachers' was simply entered on the 2047 and a carried across to 8TI on the 2042.

    I did the same this year and have had a phone call asking for proof that I have actually paid the tax, followed by a message in the secure messaging of les Impots asking the same thing. I have sent my p60  explaining that  that is what we receive as proof

  8. This is a shortened version of an excellent article by an Australian oncologist:

     

    For my patients, life continues to unfold in all its enormity and mundanity. Parking is hard to find, specialists even harder. Tracking appointments is a full-time job. Absorbing good news and swallowing bad news – and having the stomach for both at every visit – demands equanimity. Then, beyond the heavy logistics, there is the sheer emotional fatigue of carrying a diagnosis that everyone feels entitled to weigh in on.

     

    The initial shock of a cancer diagnosis takes the wind out of everyone’s sails. What will I do now? Did I ignore the signs? What does my future hold? It doesn’t help that the usual narrative about cancer takes two forms: miracles and disasters. Either people defy the statistics or face an abject death. Of course, the truth lies in between: many cancer experiences have been transformed through modern medicine, agile technology and compassionate palliation. But surrounded by well-wishers, my patients describe feeling alone in the moment of discovery; they know that the weightiest implications will be theirs to negotiate in the silences between the noise.


    Unlike any other illness I can think of, cancer is a communal diagnosis. The flipside of a flood of sympathy is a tsunami of advice. Try this; eat that; go here; look there


     

    Ironically, some of society’s sickest patients face the greatest pressure to make the well among us feel better. So, while their public-facing side valorises positivity and “beating” cancer, inside they are scared and unsettled, as anyone would be. Cancer is synonymous with uncertainty; true success involves treating the body and mind. I rue how little we do of the latter. Patients explain that the way to help is to neither demand optimism nor let them drown in pessimism. Like so much in life, our response to those who have cancer requires moderation

     

    Whether treated, cured, palliated or somewhere in between, everyone wants human connection. Even the grumpy patients who scold us to “let me be” and especially the proud ones who insist they are “just fine”. There is a distinction between needing space and being alone – no one who is alone is truly fine.

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  9. On 12/02/2024 at 12:15, DaveLister said:

    Not at all, it was a Wise account. I want to try out their debit card.

    Just realised that my title should have read 'At last a Brexit bonus'.

    Can't figure out a way to correct it so sorry folks for the typo.

    I have one of their cards which lets me have an account in Euros, Sterling or Dollars. It also has the very useful function  that you can create a virtual card, use it for a transaction, then immediately freeze or delete it. It's useful with any site that you are not 100% sure of..

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  10. More generally I sympathise with ANYONE who has a cancer diagnosis.

    To quote John Donne

    "If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.

    Each man's death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind" ..

    .and the same can be said of illnesses such as Cancer.

    Would that the same concern as is being expressed at the State of the King's health, were given to his subjects.

  11. I would hope so. You have a good point about the effect of the publicity. I had regular checks for both prostate and bowel cancer from the age of 50,  and one after another they came up positive well before the symptoms were obvious, which meant that both could be caught early 

  12. 11 hours ago, Judith said:

    Quite Norman, but it must be said, the first diagnosis is always a shock which takes time to penetrate to being to talk about it I found.  I'm sure he'll be given all the best treatment(s) and maybe this will shake up the NHS to take more rapid action on cancer diagnosis and treatment for everyone.

    That would be a very good thing, but  the fact that those who govern have access to private medicine means that pay only lip  service to the NHS. The same applies to private education. Until the day (which I very much doubt will ever come) when those in power have to use the  facilities that they provide for the plebs, or in King Charles's case his subjects, there is little incentive for improvement.

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  13. Cancer is not necessarily a death sentence, nor is immediate as several of us are aware.

    My first diagnosis was in 2006.....

    I would imagine with the superb and constant medical attention that members of the Royal Family have that whatever it is  it will have been spotted early.

     

  14. On 03/02/2024 at 23:27, Gardian said:

    Strangely enough, I enjoyed Italy vs England theby  most of this weekend’s 3 matches.

    Fr vs Ire was predictably (for me, at least) one-way traffic.  France are suffering from injuries and Dupont’s absence.

    Wales vs Scotland was just bonkers - talk about a game of two halves!  

    England were OK, but not much better t, han that.  They’ll struggle against Ireland, and probably France & Scotland.

     won

    You could almost say that they had lost because if the Italian kicker had succeeded with the penalty which just swerved wide of the post at the end of the trajectory Italy would have won

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