The current sanitary crisis has encouraged community initiatives, neighbourly behaviour, kindness and support… but also scams!
In normal years, before Covid changed our lives, this would still not be a good weekend to pop across the border!
Despite lower temperatures, rain, and storms, firemen are still called out several times to deal with winter fires, mainly caused by ‘écobuages’ gone wrong.
Although Covid restrictions mean the Village de Noël has been postponed until next year, there’s still plenty of Christmas cheer to be found in the coastal town of le Barcarès.
The AFM Telethon has become France’s major fund-raising event in France and takes place every year on the first week-end of December with hundreds of thousands of volunteers, participants and artists.
In time honoured French tradition, the firemen and public service providers may soon be knocking at your door to offer you their Christmas calendar. Christmas tipping for the postman, (facteur) rubbish collectors ( éboueurs) and firemen ( sapeurs-pompiers) in exchange for a Christmas calendar, is always advisable to ensure smooth post delivery, rubbish collection or house-fire help.
UPDATE Exchanging a UK driving licence for a French one – do you need to do it and how is it done? Find out more here.
Records of the River Tech’s regular floods date back to 1421. Over the centuries, many have been especially bad. In 1876, for example, between 17th and 20th October, houses were demolished, railway bridges destroyed, road bridges badly damaged, and two people drowned.
Did you know that the French charity which most closely resembles Cancer Research UK is La Ligue nationale contre le cancer which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018?
I-CAD, the agency in charge of the National Identification File for domestic pets in France, is warning about a scam, aimed to defraud pet owners who have lost their pets.