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Aude and Ariege Flyer 4th January



Yes and then it was suddenly Friday the 13th - winter and bloody cold.  It could be worse it could be Friday the 20th

I know all you Republicans will still be saying “give him a chance” and “let’s see what he can do” - well honestly, it’s not looking so good so far, eh?  I am pretty sure a very large number of people in the world haven’t been so nervous since The Bay of Pigs.  But it could all be a storm in a tea cup and he will get a second term!  Is a President who has served 2 consecutive terms allowed back after a break?

Is it possible that fake news is being generated in the UK?  Lots of NHS and weather stories, which could be designed to stop British voters thinking about the need to have an election to replace the Maggie impersonator and the political version of Tommy Cooper, that is Messrs May and Johnson.

Fidel Corbyn is missing the boat again and suggesting a maximum wage, it’s no wonder Blair is lurking in the wings.

Does the name Paragoric mean anything to you as a medicine? I heard it referred to, I think in a drama on TV recently, and it rang a distant bell.  I can only think that I was told I would need some by my mother, possibly as a threat.  Having looked it up it is remarkable that it is actually still available and is technically known as Camphorated Tincture of Opium. Well that’s some threat, has anyone else been chastised or offered it?

I am sure all will be fine and 2017 will be spiffing especially as we aren’t turning on TV news early in the morning to see who else has departed, stay warm, well.



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Lost in France

Lost in France is not written by Steve and he is not responsible for my views and comments.

I may have said this before, but I do love the Cap Cinema in Carcassonne on Boulevard Omer Sarraut.  It’s like going back in time and so much better than the modern multiplex.  Many steps, wonky corridors and dull carpet but I could do without the freezing auditorium.  I like the fact that depending on the time of day you go it is virtually empty and you can sit anywhere.  And - there is no popcorn for sale.  I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to sell popcorn in cinemas in the first place, probably one of the noisiest snacks available which also seems to encourage more noise from its eaters too.  Anyway, that’s just possibly just grumpy old me as the people in front of me in the queue to see ‘Manchester by the Sea’ would have purchased some if they could.

I recommend the film for many reasons, one of which is that I like Scandinavian thrillers.  This isn’t a thriller but it does have a sad Scandinavian feel to it.  Snowy townscapes of wintry Connecticut.  Tragedy cutting into everyday lives and how people survive and go on and make do.  Another reason is to watch Casey Affleck as the deeply conflicted main character, his restrained performance as the guilt-ridden Lee Chandler working in low-paid menial jobs and not allowing himself entry into the life is impressive.  He is forced to return to his home town on the death of his brother who has requested in his will that Lee becomes the guardian of his nephew.  The return reveals the cause of his guilt and his self-flagellation.  The clever dialogue of Kenneth Lonergan and humour breaks into Lee’s world and although there isn’t a ‘Hollywood’ ending (there never could be) it does have a resolution.

I know I’ve made it sound as depressing as hell, but it really is worth seeing for the powerful performances by Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges (as his nephew), so if you like an evocative soundtrack by with just a nod to Wim Mertens and snowy views of Connecticut fishing towns you’re in luck.  



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French Tax Changes 2017

As always, the French parliament was very busy during December with its annual round of tax changes, although compared to previous years, there are only a small number of personal tax changes.

The income tax bands have been revised in line with inflation and so will only make a small difference to the resulting income tax. However, with the weakness in Sterling throughout 2016, taxpayers receiving UK pensions should see a reduction in their tax bill, as a reflection of lower levels of income in Euro terms. The benefit of this should not be underestimated, as in certain situations, this can also lead to reductions in French property taxes. An added benefit this year is that some households will be granted a 20% tax reduction.

From 1st January 2018, France will change to a more modern system of collection of income tax, by taxing income as it arises. Transitional arrangements have been introduced, which will effectively result in some elements of 2017 income not actually being taxed!

There are no changes to wealth tax rates or to the capital gains tax rules for financial assets and real estate. Social charges also remain at 15.5% for investment income and capital gains.

This year also sees the first exchange of information between tax authorities under the OECD Common Reporting Standard. Hence, now more than ever, it is essential that French tax residents report all information about foreign bank accounts and life assurance policies

A more detailed summary of the tax changes can be found on our website at

In addition to the French tax changes, this month also sees the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President. Other important political events in 2017 include several presidential and parliamentary election throughout the EU, including France and Germany.

However, much closer to our hearts, the UK Supreme Court is expected to deliver its decision this month on the government’s appeal against the High Court’s Article 50 ruling on Brexit. This is not about overturning the result of the Referendum, but about whether or not the government has prerogative powers to invoke Article 50 to start the Brexit process.

There are also the general economic prospects for the year ahead to consider. For example, what will happen with interest rates? How will investment markets react to the political changes on the horizon and of course, the Brexit saga?

Clearly, we have an ‘interesting’ year ahead and so as we go forward into 2017 and face the challenges that it presents, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

If you would like to discuss how the French tax changes may affect you, or you would like to have a confidential review of your financial situation, please contact me 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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  On Friday 13th there is an online campaign to bombard the Prime Minister's email address with the views of Brits living in Europe who object to her using us as pawns in her negotiations with other EU countries. 

Some vide greniers and foires!

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They also have a sister site where you can giveaway stuff or find stuff others are giving

Its all recycling - you know it makes sense!

If there are two in the same town on the same day, it could be a duplicate on the site or a second event

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Samedi 14 Janvier

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Dimanche 15 Janvier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Ornaisons  Vide grenier intérieur et extérieur

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Saint-Girons  Les puces du champ de mars

Varilhes  Vide grenier

Samedi 21 Janvier

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Dimanche 22 Janvier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Narbonne  Vide grenier

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Varilhes  Vide grenier sur D624

Samedi 28 Janvier

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Dimanche 29 Janvier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

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Narbonne  Vide Atelier d’Artistes (1ère édition Artista d’Oc)

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Varilhes  Vide grenier sur D624





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SIMPLE MINDS 29 April Halle Aux Grains Toulouse

XAVIER RUDD 18 June Bikini Toulouse


BEJART BALLET 9 July Carcassonne Festival

PIXIES 27 July Carcassonne Festival





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