First created during the reign of Louis XIV, these candied glazed chestnuts are eaten around Christmas time in France, a fairly costly luxury as true marrons glacés take several days to cook from start to finish.
One of the main causes of the French Revolution was financial crisis which forced King Louis XVI to levy a new land tax in the hope of solving his monetary problems.
Today we attended our rendezvous at the sous-préfecture in Perpignan for our carte de séjour. We thought that it might be useful to let you know about our experience.
A proposed steep rise in fuel taxes in October with further rises to come ignited an angry Facebook rant from Jacline Mouraud which went ‘viral’. It was suggested that the growing group of supporters wear yellow high vis jackets, les gilets jaunes…….
South-west of Perpignan, heading out on the road to Argeles, follow signs to Cabestany and Sant Vicens, off the Macdonalds roundabout at the end of Bvd Kennedy.
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A popular and much loved Catalan Christmas figure, this small statue, originally of a pooping peasant wearing traditional floppy red Catalan cap (barretina), crouches with trousers half down, in a ‘toilet’ position, making his small contribution to the land. He might be smoking a pipe or reading a newspaper to better pass the time!
The fuel tax hikes, which lit the fuse for the action by the ‘gilets jaunes’ are to be suspended for the time being, according to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
If you ever had the feeling that you have spent half your working life just paying tax, you are not far wrong, what with income tax, national insurance/social security, capital gains tax, VAT, council tax, excise duties …
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