Wednesday, 31 October 2018
So if there is no deal, we (and our family members) will need a visa to enter France and a Carte de Sejour to stay here. Anyone living in France without a Carte de Sejour will be in the country illegally. Also, if there is no deal, British nationals working for French companies and with employment contracts under French law may be required to obtain a permit. Without permits, a French employer could be criminally liable for the employment of foreigners. Some professions including doctors and pharmacists, and people working for the French civil service must have French or other EU state nationality. So after a no deal exit, a decree would need to be passed to allow British nationals to continue working.
Particularly worrying for the retired is healthcare. If the UK crashes out then existing agreements will cease and new agreements will be needed to cover healthcare, or France could introduce legislation to allow access to healthcare. It is probably reasonable to expect other EU countries to do the same. Clearly, there is much more to be considered by France, but this at least tells us the true implications of no deal and the dangers of our government using us as bargaining chips while refusing to ring fence citizen’s existing rights.
NB see the previous post for the UK proposal on health
Monday, 29 October 2018
|just a part of the Minotaure: photo La Machine|
Sunday, 28 October 2018
Saturday, 27 October 2018
Friday, 26 October 2018
L'association varennoise Mains tendues 82, présidée par Valérie Johnstone, a pour but d'aider les personnes et les associations qui ont des besoins et qui font des actes de solidarité aux personnes. Par exemple, aux écoles, aux personnes âgées en difficultés, aux réfugiés, aux animaux, entre autres. Des membres de l'association sont venus au centre de secours de Laguépie pour remettre un chèque de 1 000 € à l'Amicale des sapeurs-pompiers. Le président de l'association, le sergent-chef F. Duval, et le chef de centre, le capitaine E.Cros, ont remercié chaleureusement l'association pour ce geste qui leur rendra bien service, notamment pour la stèle érigée au centre de secours, en mémoire des pompiers disparus.
Cette sympatique cérémonie s'est terminée par le pot de l'amitié, en présence des anciens et actuels pompiers du centre et de très jeunes sapeurs-pompiers.
La Dépêche du Midi
Thursday, 25 October 2018
The catastrophic floods in the Aude recently also swept away garden ponds, many of which contained goldfish and other pondlife. One pompier found a goldfish in a small muddy puddle and called it Moses as it reminded him of the Biblical rescue of Moses. Posting the story on Facebook, the fish's owner recognised her missing resident (though no word on the many other fish from the pond) and asked the pompier to keep Moses safe until her garden is repaired.
In the midst of such tragic devastation it is heartening to hear of such small acts of kindness.
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Tuesday, 23 October 2018
In the Petit Verfeillais, with drinks and nibbles available and a chance to discuss the show with others in the audience..
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So would you please advertise little Toto? He is castrated and is otherwise a handsome boy, completely black and very affectionate to people. Treated against fleas and worms.
A house with no other pets would be ideal for him.
Hopefully one of your TAG-lines readers will want to adopt him
Monday, 22 October 2018
Sunday, 21 October 2018
I will be organising lunch at Gazpacho after the book swap on 5th November at 12 noon. If you wish to be included please notify me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 05 63 30 89 29. If you book lunch and then cannot make it, please let me know as at the last book swap lunch a third of those who had reserved were no shows.
The aim is not to teach clown tricks and techniques, but to initiate participants in expansion of their self awareness, using the clown as a vehicle in a game of instruction.
See more of Alix at his web site https://alixreverdin.com/.
The sessions can accommodate 6 - 12 participants, last from 10am to 6pm and cost 70 euros.
Details can be had from Luc Ebran on 0768122715.
Saturday, 20 October 2018
Friday, 19 October 2018
Tonight we had arranged a meeting to hand over a cheque for 1,000 euros to the sapeur pompiers at Laguepie.
They invited us for aperos and all the equipe it seemed, young and old were there
Over the years we have got to know many of the pompiers who are also local tradesmen. Our first contact with a pompier was with Marco Balat who when we first moved here 18 years ago was a pompier. We remember he was updating our electricity when his phone went and he downed tools and was off to help someone.
He explained all on his return.
Since then over the years on numerous occasions we have been thankful for the pompiers help taking us to hospital.
Our association decided we wanted to thank them for their dedication to others hence the donation.
We quite wanted them to go out for a meal and a few beers but it was decided as they wanted a plaque to honour past pompiers this was their chance to do this. It had been in planning for years but our donation made it possible.
We had the presentation then had aperos, drinks and pizza and great excitement for us when we had a phone call from Valerie Rabault, the local MP thanking us for our kind donation to the pompiers.
Terence our secretary and press and publicity officer also presented the Captain of the equipe Emmanuel Cros with a badge from the pompiers at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where for many years they come under his direction. It was nice to see these two men change badges and their pride in the pompiers in Paris and here at Laguepie.
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
|Floods in Trebes: photo Benjamin Mathieu/France Info|
A BBC weather forecast a few days ago, commenting on the Portugal hurricane damage, predicted that the tail of hurricane Leslie would sweep across northern Spain and into the Mediterranean where the warmer water would intensify the rainfall over the Balearics and southern France. But it seems that it was even more severe than predicted and many residents were unaware that such a deluge was in the offing.
One or two shocked evacuees were understandably concerned that no warning was given and that the pompiers were late reaching them - but in extraordinary circumstances we are sure the rescuers did all they could. Probably some of our local volunteers will be going down to lend a hand with clearing up the debris.
The pompiers are mostly volunteers who give up their time to train and meet all kinds of emergencies. That is why Mains Tendues 82, our local fund raising charity, is making a donation to the Laguepie caserne on Friday - a donation it is hoped they will spend on enjoying themselves, not just on a new piece of kit.
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Sunday, 14 October 2018
|Andre Laban at work|
Andre, from Marseille, worked for many years with Jacques Cousteau who was world famous for his underwater films. He said he simply asked Cousteau for a job and was asked to prepare the cameras for the filming. Later he became part of the camera crew himself and eventually an accomplished photographer, painter and poet. In his retirement in St Antonin he collaborated with Tim Grosvenor in his gallery to present his photographs (his "One man chauve" was a witty collection of photographic puns on his own lack of hair), his paintings and his book and DVD "la Passion du Bleu".
|Underwater painting by Andre Laban|
For an appreciation of his life and work, including live footage of him working, click to the Depeche du Midi page https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/occitanie/tarn-et-garonne/montauban/andre-laban-realisateur-peintre-ancien-bras-droit-du-commandant-cousteau-est-decede-saint-antonin-noble-val-1556158.html
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Saturday, 13 October 2018
Cover for trips abroad – we automatically provide the same cover as you receive in the UK when you or your
named spouse/partner drive in the European Union, for an unlimited period. If your trip takes you outside the
EU, we may be able to provide you with a Green Card (International Motor Insurance Certificate).
I’m sure other people have found other similar solutions.
"A good friend of mine, who works at the Association of British Insurers, tells me that there is shortly to be a crackdown. Forget Brexit, forget whether you're driving under a UK licence or a French one - it's about car insurance.
There are many, many Brits living out here who are still driving on UK registration plates. That's fine, as we know, if you're out here for a maximum of 90 days at a time. UK car insurance policies generally cover you for up to that period abroad, after which you are no longer covered.
But as we know, many of those cars spend their entire lives here, and so do their owners. Many others are here for six months, and back in the UK for six months.
An inconvenient truth it may be, but I'm sorry, these cars are being driven UNINSURED after those 90 days expire.
If you have an accident in France, the first thing your insurance company will ask you is "we need proof that your car has not been in France for longer than 90 days." If you cannot furnish a ferry/tunnel ticket which includes the transit of your car, then you are in deep, deep trouble. Not only will they not pay out on your claim and that of the other party, but you will also have committed a criminal offence here, which could lead to a huge fine or even a prison sentence for driving without insurance. Worse, if your accident (heaven forbid) led to the death or serious injury of somebody, then your fines, legal bills, compensation payments and an inevitable stay in a French prison will almost certainly bankrupt you. Car gone, house gone, life gone. And all because you didn't fancy changing your car plates and getting year-round insurance here.
Please, folks. If you are one of these people living here for more than three months at a time and who STILL has British plates on your car, you are almost certainly breaking the law. Not only that, you are putting other people's lives at risk. And worse, you are fully aware of what you are doing. Which is unforgivable. Get the car registered here, and get French insurance. There is no excuse for not doing this, it is not difficult.
Friday, 12 October 2018
No doubt current designations at the pump will continue for some years, with the addition of labels as shown here.
For most of us with petrol cars E10 will the most appropriate (SP95) and diesel will be either B7 or B10 if a choice is given.
This is part of the EU's drive to reduce polluting emissions in line with the climate agreements by indication which fuels are the least polluting (eg E85 or XTL) including hydrogen.
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