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Every week you'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice on this page. Click on the Archive button to see previous posts full of interesting information and links.

President Macron's 'Big National Debate' under way

Katherine O`Neill // Tuesday, 15 January 2019

 The ‘Big National Debate’ launched by President Macron in response to the 'gilets jaunes' protests gets under way officially today – but it is not clear if people of non-French nationalities are invited to take part or not.

So far the President has only addressed his remarks to ‘the French’, saying in an open letter yesterday that he wants as many people as possible to take part in two months of events aimed at gathering ideas about the future of the nation.

Read more from Connexion France.

Heart-stopping rescue in the French Alps

Katherine O`Neill // Thursday, 10 January 2019

A group of skiers in the Pass of Anterne in the French Alps were rescued by helicopter and the footage was caught on camera. Due to weather conditions the rescuers had to perform a manouevre called a "skate support" involving tipping the nose down to touch the side of the mountain.

I think it's safe to say, the French services are certianly equipped to handle anything in all conditions. Hats off to the Chamonix Gendarmerie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The name's Grimshaw...

Katherine O`Neill // Wednesday, 09 January 2019

All dressed up and somewhere to go.

The party season is still in full swing in South West France.

Stanley, co-owner of the marvellous Chez Moi tea room in Tournon d'Agenais, pulled out all the stops for a black and white (dog's) dinner this week.

France is a wonderfully dog friendly country.

To grab a property within easy reach of cake and coffee, click here.

New Year in France

Melinda Aldous // Friday, 04 January 2019

Happy New Year ! – What to expect in France around the New Year.

Now that the festive season is coming to an end, have you ever wondered how long it is common in France to wish everyone a Happy New Year or what their traditions are?

New Year’s Day or Jour de l’an is a public holiday in France and many will spend it quietly at home with family after the celebrations of New Year’s Eve Réveillon du Nouvel An, also called La Saint-Sylvestre (confusingly Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in France are both known as the Réveillon).

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We're hiring!

Judith Whitlow // Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Job opportunities in the Charente and Charente-Maritime

Beaux Villages Immobilier is an award-winning multi-lingual estate agent.
We operate a family culture online and from shops across the south of France.

We were voted Best Real Estate Agent in France and nominated Best in Europe for 2017/2018.
Our website picked up the same award.

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Gatwick Airport: Majority stake sold to French firm

Katherine O`Neill // Monday, 31 December 2018

French construction company, Vinci, have acquired 50.1% of Gatwick Airport in a move that adds a major London hub their aviation portfolio.

Gatwick has been under pressure from competition with London's other airport - Heathrow, Europe's busiest hub - in an attempt to try to win government backing for a new runway. Drones had been spotted in a chaotic run up to Christmas leaving opertaions at Gatwick in disarray leading to a prolonged shutdown.

The 120-year old engingeering company, who run France's parking and toll roads, are not discouraged by Brexit looming and see airports as an attractive investment and worth the gamble.

Source: BBC News and Bloomberg

 

So French! A dessert-lover’s dream

Clare Gordon // Friday, 28 December 2018

Why have one dessert when you can have 4 and not have people throwing up their hands and calling you a cochon? Well, they might think you’re a bit of a cochon because the option we’re talking about here is a Café Gourmand and, if you get a good one it’s a darn sight better than a standard dessert.
A shot of strong espresso accompanied by three, four or even five mini puds is the order of the day. We dare anyone with a sweet tooth or an eye for afters to resist as you see them being carried with reverence towards an adjoining table.

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Frenchman voyages across the Atlantic

Katherine O`Neill // Thursday, 27 December 2018

In a refreshing change from festive-related news, a French ex-military paratrooper, Jean-Jacques Savin, has set sail across the Atlantic in a barrel-shaped orange capsule. Mr Savin hopes to reach the Caribbean in 3 months with propulsion from ocean currents alone.

The 71-year-old will be celebrating New Year and his birthday on January 14th from his 3x2.1m space with the foie gras and wine he's stashed on board. He's taken a St Emillion with him and left one where he hopes to dock in order to see the effect that bobbing around for 3 months has on his wine! There's an experiment we can get behind.

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The delights of the butcher's counter

Robert Parker // Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Eve is a big deal in France. Traditionally families gather for their main meal on the evening of the 24th.
More so than Christmas Day itself.
En-route to collect our turkey this morning I stopped to admire our home town, Tournon d’Agenais, in the mist.
I love being part of a small rural community.

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Secure your right to reside in France

Katherine O`Neill // Friday, 21 December 2018

As the nominal date for Brexit on 29th March (about 16 weeks from now) draws ever closer, there are an increasing number of voices suggesting that it will be necessary for non-EU nationals to have a Carte de Sejour in order to remain in France.
This obviously means us Brits.
We have personally applied for these cards and you might consider doing the same.
The waiting time is already over a year in many Départements, however it does seem that at least being in the queue - i.e. having an appointment - is a worthwhile and free step to take.

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