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Cancer treatment in France - Thursday, September 04, 2014

Real life story of someones fight against Cancer in France, highs, lows and lies from those we entrust our health with!

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BRITTANY PIPE BAND looking for pipers and drummers - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Brittany Pipe Band is an association created in 2004. They play Irish and Scotish music and are on the lookout for new pipers and drummers from all over Brittany. This is for experienced musicians only.

All those interested please contact

YVON-CHARLES RENEVOT by email:

yvon.renevot@wanadoo.fr

 

 
Xavier Darcos: "Combating illegal employment in all its forms" - Friday, November 27, 2009

Xavier Darcos, Minister of Labor, presented on the 26th of November, a plan to fight against illegal employment in France. The objective of this plan is to fight against undeclared work, employment of foreigners without work permits, the fraudulent use of specific statutes (such as intermittent or internships) and transnational fraud.

Five sectors are particularly affected: hotels, restaurants, construction, business services, entertainment, seasonal agricultural work.

As regards sanctions, the first minister wants to raise the penal legislation and administrative framework, including the abolition of state aid in case of illegal employment. Moreover, the prefects will be empowered to force the administrative closure of establishments that employ illegal workers.

Note from the webmaster of this website: It can be hard doing business in France, certainly it's nothing like as easy to do business here as in the UK for example. However it's not worth doing it illegally. Since the Autoentrepreneur status of small business came about, there really is no excuse - if you're not registered - do it now!

 
New CPAM English Speaking Helpline Telephone Number ! - Monday, June 15, 2009

We've had callers trying to solve the problem of the CPAM english speaking telephone helpline not working.

We've found the new CPAM telephone number for the English Speaking Helpline in France which is published on this page for Carte Vitale France

 
Brittany Film Festival - Tregor Film Festival Brittany France - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

 

Brittany Film Festival Tourism in France

Discover international films from emerging filmmakers while experiencing local French culture.

Tregor Film Fest is a three-day film festival from July 3-5, 2009 located in Lannion showcasing works by new and emerging filmmakers in all genres from around the world. Enjoy a unique vacation specifically created for lovers of travel, film, and France.  Join our filmmaker meet-and-greets and special panels focusing on the direction of the film industry, new models of distribution, and what audiences are looking for in today’s marketplace.

Has a visit to France been on your ‘To Do’list? Join the Tregor Film Fest for a fun-filled weekend of film, French food and yes, even bowling with free shoe rental! All films are screened in English or with English subtitles.

Contact: Sophie Scott Tel: 09 64 23 48 40 Portable: 06 75 49 04 24

 

 
George East France - now in Brittany - Friday, February 27, 2009

George East France - now in Brittany

If anyone knows his onions about living in France, it is travel writer, humorist and self-confessed serial French property buyer George East.

After writing six more books in the series about their small adventures and, as the author says, complete cock-ups in rural Normandy, George and Donella moved with their menagerie to the Finistere department of Brittany two years ago:

To find out more about what the Easts are upto and George East in Brittany click here

 
Air Source Heat Pumps in France IMPORTANT TIP!!!! - Tuesday, January 06, 2009
We've been running air source heat pumps for a few months in France and have just discovered that with the recent constant cold weather there is an important tip that will help ensure the efficiency of your air source heat pump installation.
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French Car Tax - Road tax in France reintroduction of the vignette - Monday, November 24, 2008

The French government confirmed earlier this month that a reintroduction of an annual French road tax will take place from the 1st of January 2009. This will initially affect new cars that created moe than 250grammes of CO2 per kilometer.

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Speed Ferries Speed One seezed in Boulogne - Monday, November 10, 2008

After a recent trip to the UK on the high speed feryy operated by SpeedFerries,, we've just heard reports that the Speed Ferries boat Speed One has been impounded by French officials in the port of Boulogne on Thursday evening 6th November 2008.

It is believed that the port has taken the speed ferries boat in order to strengthen its position in negotiations with Speed Ferries which were scheduled to take place on Friday the 7th at 10am.

Sources at Speed Ferries say that the move has perplexed them because they had a meeting scheduled for Friday 7th November with the port authorities to discuss outstanding debts and some counter claims that speed ferries had against the port. Speed ferries also claim that they were in possession of a letter assuring them that there would be no legal action against them until after the meeting had taken place.

As a happy and frequent user of speed ferries, I can only hope that the rumours of the French authorities coluding with the French ferry operator Louis Dreyfus to 'take out SpeedFerries' before the scheduled opening next year of an LD Lines service from Boulogne to Dover are unfounded and that Speedferries resumes it's excellent scheduled services without delay.

 
Livret A interest rate to drop? - Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It is being mentioned that the Livret A will have a lower interest rate than the previously announced 4.0% and will possibly be introduced at 3.5% in January 2009.

The change to the rate is not confirmed but there is lots of talk about the possibility in the French media. Some sources suggest that the drop will be to help repay the money the French government lost bailing out the Caisse d'epargne bank, while others simply point out that the Livret A was designed to track the rate of inflation, and inflation has understandably dropped in these current times of the Credit Crunch.

The Livret A will remain a top performing investment in France.

 
Free Satellite TV in France - Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free Satellite TV in France – Freesat BBC & ITV - NOT A SKY service!

If you are thinking of setting up, or replacing your satellite television system in France, don’t make the mistake I nearly made of thinking it has to be SKY in France.

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News on Clean Energy Source for Brittany - Hydro Electric EDF - Tuesday, October 21, 2008

EDF (Electricity de France) have confirmed a contract with Open Hydro Group Limited from Ireland to supply new 'Open Center Turbines' to sit on the sea bed to provide clean electrical energy from a pilot site located off the North Brittany coast near Paimpol-Brehat in the Cotes d'Armor region of Brittany France.

The initial French pilot hydro turbine scheme will be for between 2MW and 4MW output using between 4 and 8 turbines. Some individual nuclear reactors give around 1.4MW and some nuclear power stations have multiple reactors giving up to nearly 6GW.

I recently read an article mentioning this technology and that it could be possible for France to generate up to 80% of all it's electrical energy requirements from off shore turbines running in the strong water currents around the French coast.

To see more about these 'Open Center Turbines' which are supposed to minimise their impact on the environment visit the manufacturers website here: www.openhydro.com

 
Package sewage treatment plants in France - Friday, September 19, 2008

Package sewage treatment plants in France

If you're thinking of installing a septic tank or package sewage treatment plant in France you should read this new preliminary article about which systems to fit. Find out why we recommend WPL package sewage treatment plants in France - read the full news article here...

 
Air Source Heat Pumps - Aerothermie pompe a chaleur - Monday, August 25, 2008

Air source heat pumps in France: Aerothermie - Pompe a chaleur

Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air to heat the air inside your home in France. There are two types of air-source heat pump

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New bank savings accounts in France - 'Livret A' Yield over 4% - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New bank savings accounts in France
Better interest rates - 'Livret A' - 4.8%

Fed up with only getting a couple of percent on your savings in France? The new Livret A account will be giving 4% from August and is expected to be returning 4.8% from January 2009!

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Fosse Septique / Septic Tank in France and Spanc Inspection - Friday, July 11, 2008

Septic Tank in France - SPANC will be visiting you by 2012 to make an inspection of your septic tank to ensure you are not polluting the environment.

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Operation Escargot - Monday, June 30, 2008

Operation Escargot appears to be touching most of France. This Operation Escargot is targeting the big cities throughout France. Currently there are slow moving lorries on the A1 north east of Paris heading towards Paris S L O W L Y.
There may be some more minor events in Brittany but it's hard to see as there are no autoroutes in Brittany.

 
Operation escargot 30th June 2008 - Sunday, June 29, 2008
I've been hearing from French friends that a national Operation Escargot in France is planned for tomorrow the 30th of June and that driving anywhere in France is going to be a nightmare.

Plan your route carefully and be sure to take a GPS or set of maps to enable you to navigate via the back roads if the operation escargot does in fact occur tomorrow.
 
Fete de la Musique - Saturday, June 21, 2008
Saturday 21st June is the Fete de la Musique - Which will ensure many people living in towns throughout Brittany and France as a whole will not be getting to sleep very early tonight.

The Fete de la Musique usually involves free concerts and music in towns throughout France. In Brittany my local town of Pontivy will have several bands and different types of music spread throughout the town center. It's a night where the police will not be telling bars and clubs to turn down their music!

Get out there and enjoy the closed streets and the families walking from band to band soaking up the atmosphere and meeting friends.

The Fete de la Musique only happens once a year!!!!!! 
Tour de France 2008 starts in Brest, Brittany France - Friday, June 20, 2008
The Tour de France originally started in the small town of Plouay in Southern Brittany in the department of Morbihan. Today the Tour de France is an international sporting event televised around the world.

The 2008 Tour de France starts in Brest on Saturday July 5th and finishes in Paris on Sunday July 27th 2008. The 95th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total race distance of 3,500 kilometers passing through the Pyrenees by the Spanish border, then eastwards through Nimes and up into the Alps and across into Italy before heading up to the 2008 Tour de France finish line in Paris.

We'll be out in force watching the Tour pass through the Brittany countryside and will be attending the special sprint section in Pontivy.  
Motoring / Driving in France News - Monday, June 16, 2008

As of the 1st of July 2008 you are required to carry not only a warning triangle in your car but also a fluorescent safety vest while driving in France.

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TELEGRAPH MEDIA GROUP SAYS BONJOUR BRITTANY - Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Telegraph Media Group (TMG) will print and distribute copies of The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph in Nantes, France, from today.
 
It will be the only UK newspaper title on sale of the day of issue in the region as well as the only non-French title.
 
British holidaymakers, business travellers and expatriates spending the summer months in Brittany region will be able to keep up with the latest news and current affairs from the UK’s leading quality daily newspaper. Both The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph will be published in the region until the end of September.
 
Tracey Coyne, Circulation Director, TMG said: “We are continually looking for ways to extend our distribution in key overseas markets and this is a response to demand for daily access to our quality content from the newspaper’s loyal readership”.
 
 

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Carte Vitale France - Breaking News for expats! - Friday, January 25, 2008

French government's new decision on access to the French healthcare system for inactive citizens from other EU countries (24/01/08) Read the full article

 

 
Carte Vitale France - Changes to French Health Care laws - do they effect you? - Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Recent changes to the French health care laws are leaving people without health cover and the possibility of massive costs for health care - Here is the definitive story on who is covered and who is not!   read more...
 
Brittany Broderie Embroidery Exhibition - Friday, September 28, 2007
The first exhibition by members of Brittany Broderie will be held from 28th October to 4th November 2007 at the atelier of artist Peter Johnson, Corn a’Roch,74 rue Roc’hell, Caurel. The exhibition will be open each day from 14.30 to 19.00.
 
Brittany Broderie is group of Anglo-French embroiderers living in and around Central Brittany. Working in all textile art techniques; embroidery by hand and machine, patchwork, weaving, spinning, knitting, crochet and felt work.   read more...

 
Direct Cheap Flights to Brittany from the UK and Ireland - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Breaking News for new direct flights to Brittany from the UK and Ireland – 16 new flights a week!

 

In recent unprecedented announcements, the UK and Irelands "cheap flights operators" have confirmed what we all know about the continuing and indeed ever-growing popularity of Brittany as a holiday, second home and indeed permanent residence destination.

From the UK, Flybe’s latest expansion incorporates 11 new flights a week to the region to begin next summer, including new links to Rennes and Brest in Brittany.

Their summer 2007 schedule includes new direct flights from Belfast to Rennes, Exeter to Rennes and Manchester to Rennes. Also new direct flights from Manchester to Brest. The following fares are for one-way tickets, including taxes and charges and are available now.

To Read More Click Here....

 

 
Consumer Rights in France and of course Brittany - Monday, November 27, 2006
 

What are your consumer rights in France? You are probably familiar with the 'Sale of goods act' in the UK - how does it work in France?

Basically it's covered in full below in the reporduction of the European directive, which the European member states have adopted. However the key points are that any product bought in an EU country including France have to conform their specification, in other words be - 'Fit for Purpose' - if the product fails due to manufacturing problems or lack of conformity within 2 years from the date of purchase you have various rights for replacement items, refunds etc. all with the seller.

From eperience I know that customer service in France, especailly after sales service! can at best be poor. It can be next to impossible to get a replacement sit on lawn mower from certain Bricolage companies, even if the engine or gearbox have broken within a couple of weeks off normal use! However this should be possible! - Go equiped with the following European Union Directive in English and French, when they say they will repair your item, and you want a replacement - stick the French Consumer Rights Directive under their noses and tell them that you will take the matter to your Avocat (solicitor). Maybe slowly the French after sales service will improve if we make them do their job!

Click here to see the full article on Consumer Rights in France

 

 
A Place in the sun home or away - filming in Brittany - Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The lovely Jasmine Harman and the Place in the Sun team are currently filming in Central Brittany and are based in Pontivy until the end of the week. For more details and photos of Jasmine Harman click here.  
 
Wanadoo Broadband speed test

Recently having upgraded to the 8Mb service with Wanadoo along with several friends and colleauges, many had problems with their Wanadoo ADSL connection.

The problems haven't been helped by strong winds and power brown outs. Never the less helping a friend with their Wanadoo ADSL connection problem via the 1014 France Telecom telephone support line, took us to an ADSL speed test download on the Wanadoo website. The program tests the actual ADSL speed rather than the Livebox's ADSL syncronisation speed. I've been getting ADSL Sync speeds of up to 10Mb, my friends Livebox was sync'd at 9Mb but when we did the test the actual speed we got only 74Kb (not much faster than a modem!!!). My real test speed at the moment is just over 6Mb. We are in the process of removing several problems from his system to elliminate as many possible factors from the scenario as we can. Then we will be able to point the fingure firmly at Wanadoo and or France Telecom.

Will keep you posted! In the meantime follow this link for the Wanadoo ADSL Speed Test Utility.

 

 
Brittany France - is a great place to live! - Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I've just returned after a few days in Nice in the south of France. I had a great time down there and visited lots of interesting places with some very nice people (who originated from Brittany!).

I AM SO HAPPY TO BE BACK IN BRITTANY! Life in Nice is so much like life in the UK - ie. Fast, over crowded and expensive.

The feeling of relief at returning started on the airplane when I could see the green fields and trees of Nantes. When I got onto the road and headed back toward Pontivy (central Brittany) the traffic was so light after Nice that driving was a real pleasure again.... no parking problems no horns and people cutting you up.

Sometimes it's too easy to become complacent about what you have. My friends living in Nice want to come back to Brittany because they find life in the south too stressful and artificial - I agree with them 100% I Love Brittany and the laid back way of life that's possible in this wonderful corner of France.

After my trip to the south of France I am thankful for the opportunity to live in Brittany and will ensure I don't become complacent again!

 

 
Festival Interceltique Lorient 2005 - Southern Brittany France - Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The time of year is here again to get down to Lorient and enjoy the delights of the Festival Interceltique. This year the host nation is Ireland (It's still happening in Lorient) so expect lots of Irish flavoured things like Guinness :)
The Festival is held in the centre of Lorient and is free to get into. You only have to pay if you want to see some of the big bands. I tend to spend my time at the Festival Interceltique listening to bands playing in bars and on the streets of Lorient. My all time favourite band is Mabon. Mabon come from Wales and in my mind are a must see! So much so that I contacted them to get their Itinerary for the coming festival:

 

Mabon will be playing at:-
Friday, 5th - The Victory Bar, pl. Aristide Briand. 21hr30.
Saturday, 6th - DITTO.
Sunday, 7th - Legende/Theatre Bars, pl. Jules Ferry, 22hr.
Monday, 8th - Le Parisien, pl. Ar. Br., 22hr.
Tueday, 9th - Bar Divan'Gio, pl. Jules Ferry, 18hr30 and 21hr30.
Wed, 10th - Legende/ Theatre, 21hr30.
Thursday, 11th - Le Parisien, 18hr and 22hr .
Friday, 12th - Bar Divan'Gio, 18hr30 and 21hr30.
Saturday, 13th - Le Victory, 21hr30.
Sunday, 14th - Le Parisien, 18hr and 22hr.

For more information about Mabon you can visit their website at: www.mabon.org

For more information on the Festival Interceltique Lorient visit the official festival website: www.festival-interceltique.com

May see you there!

 

 
More on Speed Cameras in Brittany - Friday, May 27, 2005

Thanks to the webmaster of www.controleradar.org for contacting me and letting me know about his website!

Here's a link to the English version where you can click onto Brittany or any other region of France to see where the fixed speed cameras are.

Safe motoring in France!

 

 
35 Hour Week in France at an end. - Thursday, March 24, 2005

Finally the 35 hour week is being abolished in France. Talking to French people on the streets of Brittany about the 35 hour week shows a divided population.

Those in favor of abolishing the 35 hour week tend to be the young, who don't have large salaries and have been struggling to earn enough money to keep a roof over their heads. On the other hand many middle aged French people were more than happy with the 35 hour week. They had more leisure time and much less stress than they had before. Loosing the 35 hour week isn't something they relish.

One of the initial aims of the 35 hour week appears to have been to reduce unemployment in France. The 35 hour week failed to make a great difference to unemployment levels in France.

As an outsider in France coming from the UK I couldn't understand how French businesses managed with the 35 hour week. Your labor force becomes very inflexible leading to problems satisfying customer demands. I'm sure the end of the 35 hour week in France will benefit the French economy greatly.

 

 
Gendarmes Road side checks in Brittany - Thursday, March 17, 2005

We do not condone the copying of copyrighted music Cd's or anything else for that matter. But if you do happen to have a CDR in your car and you get stopped by Gendarmes in Brittany. Be prepared for a hefty fine if you can't produce the original at the Gendarmery within 48 hours.

The music industry is constantly concerned by the loss of revenue from pirated Cd's and I can see why the Gendarmes are taking the responsibility seriously while doing routine stop checks in Brittany. But what about people with laptops full of mp3 files, or mp3 players and smart memory sticks?

Be warned that if you carry copied audio Cd's in your car whilst driving around Brittany  - make sure you can lay your hands on the original well within 48 hours!

 

 
Driving in Brittany - Mobile Speed Cameras - Wednesday, March 09, 2005

It seems like another lifetime when I lived in the UK and was always scanning the roadside, flyovers & hedges for Police speed traps.

I've lived a blissful 4 years in Brittany with very little concern for Police speed traps because they very rarely seemed to bother doing them....This is now changing!

Apparently an eminent manufacturer of the binocular style speed cameras has been GIVING THEM AWAY! The French Gendarmes are now trying the units out on a large scale. The plan appears to be that an offer was made by the speed trap manufacturer that they would let the French Gendarmes have them for three months for free. After the three months is up the units should have taken enough money to pay for themselves if not they can send them back.

Obviously the manufacturer isn't going to give these things out willy nilly if they don't think the French Gendarmes are going to be convinced of their worth after the three months!

Interestingly the money generated from speeding tickets seems to go straight to the Gendarmes and not to the government. Adding even more incentive, maybe the gendarmes will start working on a commission?

Whatever the case the mobile cameras are out in force. Lurking in a white van next to a dual carriageway near you in Brittany!

 

 
France Property Prices - 15% - Tuesday, March 08, 2005

According to official sources: last year saw a 15% average rise in property prices across France - This despite the slowdown in the UK.

Nobody is sure what 2005 holds but properties are still selling so things are looking good for people who already have their dream home in France.

 

 
Brittany Property prices - Thursday, February 17, 2005

Property prices in Brittany are still on the up. Despite the slow down in the UK housing market, the French market is still going strong.

Many people are under the misconception that the rising property prices in Brittany and accross France is due to the influx of British property buyers. However they are just a part of the equation.

Since the baby boom in the mid 60's many joung people left places like Brittany to go and work in Paris, or in the big cities like Rennes. Now they are approaching retirement adge and are looking to get out of the city and into the Brittany countryside.

The same rules apply here as in the UK. Most Town and city properties have rocketed in value, meaning that a property owner can sell their town house and buy a Brittany property in the delightfull countryside and have change in the bank plus lots more space.

We are all living in the same kind of market economies and human nature doesn't change, whether it's in Brittany France or Surrey England the same motives drive individual aspirations and Property Prices.

Jules

 

 
New Brittany News Web Feed in English - Thursday, February 17, 2005

This is a new project that will bring expats and Brittany property owners the latest news and information for Brittany France.

If you fancy yourself as a budding journalist then contact us - we're looking for contributors to this web site!

 

 
Cheap airlines to and from Brittany France - Friday, March 18, 2005

If you fly to and from Brittany France you must read this!

Working in the Internet you come across some really great ideas. On-line booking of airline flights was one of those great ideas and is now readily accepted as possibly the first port of call when booking a flight to and from Brittany.

The site I'm going to tell you about is stacked full of money saving and money making ingenious ideas and most of it is for free! The author of the website has my greatest respect.

This great idea will find you the cheapest flights from Ryanair and Flybe at the same time go to: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/flightchecker/ Where it will bring up a list of all the flights from all the airlines that serve the two airports selected, between two dates listing the prices for each flight in and out by day.

Don't be put off by the fact that you have to select a UK airport to depart from. The website displays the flight information both ways for each day! So for example just select that you are going to Depart from London Stanstead and arrive at Dinard Brittany. Select the rough dates that you would like to travel between and the maximum price - Then the site will return all the results showing flights as low as 1 pence!

There is a disclaimer on the site about the availability due to the fact that they download all the information from the airlines at night, so during the day things may no longer be available. Never the less if you can be a little flexible over you departure from Brittany and your return this site is a must!

Update! A new list of Cheap Direct Flights to Brittany France


 

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 Sexiest nation on Earth is France

Caught this on the M6 'Morning Cafe' show and thought I'd dig up some more of the original material for those of you that may find it amusing.

Apparently France is the sexiest nation on earth with couples on average having sex 137 times per year. The UK average is 119 times per year with the poor Japanese only claiming about 40 times per year. I'm very happy to be living in France!

Sex Statistics

International
 Average
France UK
Frequency of sex per annum 103 137 119
Age of lost virginity 17.3 17.2 16.6
Age of first sex education 13.2 13.3 12.5
People having unprotected Sex %
(not knowing partners history)
35 33 48
Time spent on foreplay in minutes 19.7 19.2 22.5
No. of sexual partners avg. 9 8.1 9.8
Vibrator ownership % 27 20 49

Stats courtesy of Durex - Check out their sperm invaders game and the condom screensavers all available to download! Go on it's a laugh!


  



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