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So London struggles under a new tube strike.  Clearly gone are the days of union bosses having their holidays in Blackpool or Skegness, he has just come back from an allegedly £10,000 holiday in Brazil. Bob Crow lives in a council house? And he is paid £145,000 p.a.  I am not sure how he sleeps comfortably at night. What would he get up to if he were a banker?

Yes ok,  Mr Hollande can say his private life is private but hasn’t he’s taken to a new level the  bringing a major post in public office into disrepute? Where can French politics go after him?  The sympathy vote for Segolene or the ‘I told you so’ one Monsieur Sarkozy?

Miss Gayet the actress has been nominated for a Cesar, maybe she is so good in Quai  D'Orsay because she had been doing good research for her part. France 24 said 

Gayet plays the role of a mini-skirted adviser to the minister who is not shy about using her seductive powers to get what she wants.


I am sure I have seen strange things happening with Argentinian finances, as the government is allowing people to only buy $2000 of US currency and at one point stopping sales from Amazon and the like. With a little poking around, I was interested to see that Amazon’s turnover was close to $75bn and Argentina’s GDP was $474bn. I wonder how long it will be before Amazon is bigger than the output of Argentina?

So the Carcassonne Festival have announced some of the bill and already the replacement show of Elton John is back on along with Franz Ferdinand, no not the Austrian archduke, the Scottish pop combo.


I am sure for a few days the Winter Olympics will be nice to see, but will quickly turn into "oh no not more of it" then there will be the whole gay story for the presenters to work on. 

I dont suppose there is a Ukrainian gay bob sleich team? That might be worth watching. The BBC will definitely have a lot to say as they have sent almost double the number of staff to athletes that Britiain is fielding, Is That England or Britain or? Lets hope terrorists dont give them something else to blather on about





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As part of France’s continuing efforts to combat fiscal fraud, a new piece of legislation was enacted into law on 6th December 2013. This has far-reaching effects, including:


  •        Criminal sanctions for serious cases of fiscal fraud are to be increased to a maximum of seven years                    imprisonment and a fine of €2 million, when the fiscal fraud is facilitated by:
    •                                             the use of foreign bank accounts or foreign life assurance policies;
    •                                    foreign entities, including trusts, set up outside of France;
    •                                    the use of false identity or false documents; or
    •                                    artificial or fictitious tax residency.
  •        Undeclared monies held outside of France, whereby the taxpayer cannot prove the provenance, to be taxed        at 60%.
  •         If, as a result of failing to declare assets outside of France, a taxpayer does not make a wealth tax return           because the ‘none inclusion’ of the assets indicates that they are under the wealth tax threshold limit                 (currently €1.3 million), the penalty is to be increased from 10% to 40% of the tax due.
  •         The period during which the tax authority can take action to prosecute is to be increased from three years           to six years.

        As concerns trusts, legislation was already introduced in 2011, which has required the trustees to declare to         the French tax authorities the existence of the trust with at least one of the following:

  •                 French resident settlor;
  •                 French resident beneficiary; or
  •                 French situated assets – even if the settlor/beneficiaries are not living in France.


        Since 2011, failure to declare the existence of a trust has resulted in a penalty of the greater of 5% of the           value of the total assets of the trust, or €10,000. The new law increases the fine to 12.5% of the value of           the total trust assets or if greater, €20,000.


In addition, a public register of trusts is to be established by the Minister of Finance. This will require full details of the trust to be published, including the name(s) of the trustees, the settlor and all of the beneficiaries, as well as the date of establishment of the trust. Therefore, the text of the law is wide and in effect, requires information concerning non-resident beneficiaries to be made public and may also require the names of potential beneficiaries to be published.

France, like many other countries, is targeting tax evasion more and more. Banks and insurance companies are required to report information to tax authorities about their clients and tax authorities around the world are exchanging information. The EU is also proposing to amend EU Directive 2011/16 to expand the field of the mandatory automatic exchange of information between tax authorities to include capital gains, dividends, bank account balances. Banking secrecy will clearly become a thing of the past!


It’s a fool’s game to try to hide assets and pretending not to be resident is not a good idea. One way or another, the taxman always finds out and the penalties can be very costly. It is much better to seek regulated advice from professionals who are registered here in France.


Does any of this concern you? Would you like to ensure that you and your potential beneficiaries do not pay any more tax on your financial capital and investment income than is necessary? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then please contact me for a confidential discussion.


We are also now planning for our Spring Client Seminars. As always, there is no charge for any of our seminars and the speakers’ presentations are followed by a buffet lunch, so places must be booked in advance. The planned dates for the next local events are:


  •          21st May at Castelnaudary
  •          22nd May at Perpignan
  •          23rd May at Montpellier


As the seminars are always very popular, early booking is recommended.


If you would like to discuss your financial situation, in confidence, or if you or you wish to attend one of the seminars, please contact me or by e-mail at

or by telephone on 04 68 20 30 17.


The Spectrum IFA Group advisers do not charge any fees directly to clients for their time or for advice given, as can be seen from our Client Charter at

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 Xenophobe's® Guide to The French 



The French language is what binds the French together. No other nation has fought so hard to preserve its language. An entire academy (the Académiefrançaise) works ceaselessly to ensure its purity, examining every word to make sure it's acceptable. New words that have crept into use are ruthlessly condemned.

The fad for franglais upsets many purists and French substitutes are provided, but it's hard to switch ‘un oil-rig' for ‘un appareil de forage en mer', ‘hotline' for ‘numéro d'urgence', or ‘corner kick' for ‘coup de pieds de coin'. On the web, ‘email' became ‘courriel', coined in Quebec from ‘courrier' (mail) and ‘électronique', which inspired ‘pourriel' for ‘spam' from ‘pourri' (rotten). But it's a losing battle since IT terms tend to be embraced before viable French alternatives can be created.

On the day that the death of Charles de Gaulle was announced, Noel Coward was asked what he thought the good General and God would find to talk about in Heaven. Coward replied: ‘That depends on how good God's French is.'

The linguistic bequest of the French to the world has been indispensable. What sort of romance could be conducted without a tête-à-tête, a rendezvous with the right ambiance, the odd nuance and some risquée repartee?

What sort of a war could anyone conduct without sabotage, manœuvres, the odd massacre, many and frequent mêlées, bags of esprit de corps, a little espionage, liaison, and ultimately détente?

How would we reveal that we were out of our milieu if we couldn't make gaffes and fauxpas to show that we were thoroughly gauche? What would we eat in a restaurant, a buffet, or a café without casseroles, fricassées, hors-d'œuvre, soufflés, vols au vent, escalopes, consommés, pâté, terrines, éclairs, croissants, omelettes, gâteaux, mousses and sauces...? And wouldn't everything simply be passé were it not for the avant-garde


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FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2014................

( i.e.: weird and wacky ways to get fit this year)

While we're still just about in the realms of New Year resolutions - although I accept that for many people January 1st is now just a distant memory - if your resolution to get fit / lose weight is waning somewhat, have a look at these interesting trends for fitness in 2014.......


WHAT IS IT?Nubeginnings Paw Camp – a boutique fitness camp for you and your dog. Specialist trainers and boot camps are now available for dogs and their owners. This one offers healthy-eating lessons (for your dog), sports massage (for your dog), obstacle courses and hiking (for you both).

‘Working out with dogs kills two birds with one stone,’ says Victoria Wills, founder of the Nubeginnings residential course. ‘A little canine company and encouragement is excellent for humans who aren’t keen on a training regime.’

BENEFITS:The RSPCA suggests it is more likely that obese owners have obese dogs. Health risks are the same for both, including diabetes and heart disease. It depends on the level of exercise taken, but even a brisk walk increasing the heart rate is good for you and your pet.

WHO IS IT FOR?All dog owners.


WHAT IS IT?Obstacle race courses for adults. People have moved on from triathlons and want something even tougher now. According to, last year there were 70 of these Ironman-type events across the UK that involved 200,000 entrants running three or six-mile courses, clambering over walls and obstacles along the way. The RockSolidRace in Exeter on March 15 is a good example – you’ll plough through mud, swamp and water.

BENEFITS: An all-round cardiovascular and strength-building workout. Train with moves such as pull-ups and press-ups, or circuit classes at the gym.

WHO IS IT FOR?If you fancy yourself as a bit of a part-time action hero, and think marathons are for wimps, then these are the races for


WHAT IS IT?Tabata classes are  20-minute sessions that include 40 seconds of intense cardio with exercises such as transverse jump and sprawl (falling into the press-up position and to your feet again) and ten seconds of rest in four-minute cycles. Devised by Japanese scientist Professor Izumi Tabata for Japan’s Olympic speed-skating team.

BENEFITS:Will seriously increase fitness as each class is the equivalent of an hour on an exercise bike cycling at a moderate rate. Some experts suggest you can burn 15 calories a minute doing this workout.

WHO IS IT FOR?The already fit who like to push themselves to the limit. Consult a doctor before attempting.

Corrrrr.... I think I need a lie down.

Pat Penny - Health and Fitness Specialist,  Massage / Deep Tissue Massage

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Amazingly the run of mild weather is continuing, according to one local paper the average temperature over the whole of France is so far 3,8°C warmer than average this winter.  Perfect gardening weather, especially as we have had plenty of rain too.  Now would be a good time to move shrubs that you have decided are badly sited and to start to prune roses and summer flowering buddleia.  The warm weather means that plants are earlier into flower than might otherwise be the case, I was delighted to see the first flowers on the Helleborus orientalis cultivars and the charming spring flowering Cyclamen coum is looking ...  well, charming!  Anisodontea malvastroides is in flower too, this is related to Lavatera with similar growth habit and requirements.  It is a plant from South Africa which grows rapidly to about 2m high with a similar spread, it tends to be short lived (although is easily propagated by cuttings) but it is a really useful plant for quick infill while you are waiting for slower growing plants to establish themselves.


 At La Petite Pépinière we are offering two gardening courses this spring: An Introduction to Pruning – Wednesday 12th March, 10am to 4pm  and   Gardening with Mediterranean native plants –Friday 4th April, 10 am to 4pm.  If you are interested in either of these just email for more info.

For any garden queries do get in touch with Gill Pound ( 04 68 78 43 81 or ). La Petite Pépinière de Caunes 21, av de la Montagne Noire (route de Citou) 11160 Caunes-Minervois. Open during the winter months by appointment.

La Petite Pépinière de Caunes
21, av de la Montagne Noire,
11160 Caunes-Minervois
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Period house in a beautiful Razes circulade village.  This renovated but unspoilt house is over 200 years old and has far reaching views of countryside, hills and mountains from almost every room, and a stunning roof terrace.  There are 3 double bedrooms, large lounge, separate dining room and kitchen.  There is also a very large walk-thru cellar.  The house retains many period features including a beautiful oak staircase.  Price 110,000 euros.  Please contact for further details and viewings.







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Villa for sale 11390 Brousses-et-Villaret Aude 295,000 €


Bordebasse du Lac - Cottage available for long term rental


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BABYSHAMBLES 13 Feb Bikini Toulouse


SEPULTURA 25 Feb Bikini Toulouse

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, QUIDAM 5 TO 9 March Zenith Toulouse 

JOHN MAYALL 8 March Bikini Toulouse

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METRONOMY 25 April Zenith Toulouse

JELLO BIAFRA & THE GSM 29 April Bikini Toulouse

ARTISTES A SUIVRE 29 May to June 6, Haute Vallee

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