Hands up if the vocabulary and acronyms associated with the French Education System leave you standing outside the classroom door! Your neighbour’s grandson ‘va redoubler’. What a clever girl his sister must be, going to college at just 11 years old. And what on earth is BAC + 3?
School holidays in France are organised according to three “holiday zones”, A, B and C, in order to manage the flow of French holidaymakers.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water….. Summer 2017 sees the return of the jellyfish to the Catalan coast…but no more than past years so no need to abandon…
Brexit is likely affect many of us living here in the P-O in one way or another. Indeed, most are already feeling its effect as exchange rate fluctuations spiral down to all time lows. This…
Risks to the environment
Every year in France more than 1,5 million de vehicles are scrapped. A VHU (véhicule hors d’usage) can pollute both ground and water, due to the various liquids.
Estate planning in France is made far more challenging by ‘forced heirship’ succession law and inheritance tax rates of up to 60%.
The word ‘pompier’ comes from the verb ‘pomper’ (to pump), referring to the manual fire pumps that were originally used at fires.
Did you know that if you look at the petrol pump symbol on your fuel gauge, there is a small arrow indicating on which side you’ll find your petrol cap? Amazing eh?
Did you know that Le Boulou will soon have the longest ‘autoroute ferroviaire’ in Europe?
Between 2018 and 2022, Emmanuel Macron’s government intends to phase out the taxe d’habitation for 80% of French resident, leaving those with an annual taxable revenue in excess of €20,000 per person to foot the bill.