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…….
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 …
Find out what you and Europe have in common on Wednesday, 5 December at 18h30 in the Centre Culturel of Collioure.
At the time of writing (November 2018) Britain is still part of the EU, and UK citizens are NOT required to have a Carte de Séjour. However, many ex pats living in France are taking the safe option and applying for the Carte de Séjour now.
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.
Those earning UK income should benefit from an early increase in the personal allowances to the 2020 levels pledged in the Conservative manifesto.
Historically, French culture has tended to be more tolerant of infidelity than Anglo-Saxon countries, and French men are traditionally very confident in their own sex appeal- but the-times-they-are-a-changing!