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Aude and Ariege Flyer 15 March




Syria has now become a stage for President Trump to get something done.  Many of his other toys have been locked away so he’s been given access to missiles to play with.  It could be sabre rattling in the direction of North Korea and to show less of a connection to Russia?  Whilst there may be more proof of chemical weapons than there was of weapons of mass destruction, Britain has backed the USA action despite there being no UN resolution.

So as long as the American taxes are used to keep paying to host state visits at his Florida members club, everything must be good.  Where did they hold such jolly’s in the good old days of George Dubya and Ronnie Raygun?

It does seem a little strange that the ‘Make America Great’ fans aren’t kicking off yet? 

In full-on conspiracy theory mode, what better way for the US president to not look like he is best mates with Vlad Putin, than to be getting into the fight against Assad in Syria, while behind the scenes they are secretly planning money-making schemes. 

I saw something on the BBC News that sounded hopeful, scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet for the first time.  GJ1132B not such a catchy name but you can get used to it. And then in further reading I discovered it’s not an alternative Trump Brexit world.

“The study is published in the Astronomical Journal.  Discovering an atmosphere, and characterising it, is an important step forward in the hunt for life beyond our Solar System.

But it is highly unlikely that this world is habitable: it has a surface temperature of 370C”.

Oh well then, back to the drawing board.

A Canadian author has suggested Scotland become the 11th Province of Canada, now that’s lateral thinking.

Wonga the payday loan company have had a data breach affecting up to 245,000 UK customers.  Surely that can’t be the best place to steal money from peoples’ accounts because they don’t have much money there in the first place.  It would appear that up to 25,000 other account holders in Poland may also have been affected, I wonder if it’s called Wongski there?

I hope that you had an enjoyable Toques in Cépie if you went along in the sunshine.

OH and if you are concerned about Les Hot Cross Buns young Hannes the King Of Organic baking is producing them  again this year and they will be available at the Fournil de Luc, at Luc sur aude or to order in all on to good biocoops of of departments 11, 66 and 34.








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To the person who queried that the hyperlinks on my last article didn’t work, I found the original article and there were what appeared to be hyperlinks but when I clicked on them they just linked to another picture of the same map.


double cream

Have you ever found yourself missing double cream?  Well, you don’t need to any longer.  There is a farm between, Fanjeaux and Mirepoix at Cazelrenoux,  that can supply this product. Fresh cream straight from the cow.  What more could an Anglophile desire if they are missing the culinary delights of products and recipes requiring double cream.  It is even good enough for whipping.  However, I don’t think they’ve got round to clotted cream yet, that could be an adventure too far at the moment.

Their butter is delicious too and easy to use that it takes French people back to the butter used in childhood. 

The place is Domaine de Barsa off the D102.





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A sad time for some........ whilst others embrace the change


Now that Article 50 has been triggered, the UK has two years to negotiate its exit. There’s been plenty of speculation as to what may or may not happen and how the Brexit process will work, but the truth is no one really knows. Whatever your feelings are about the historic event of 29th March 2017, it is clear that there will be changes ahead. However, for the time being we are all EU citizens governed by EU law, and as far as we are concerned, it’s business as usual.


And, for those of us resident in France, at this time of year, it’s the Tax Return (Déclaration des Revenus) that is at the forefront of our minds.


As in previous years, the deadline date by which the declaration needs to be submitted to the French tax authority varies by department. For 2017 (income received in 2016) the dates for on-line returns are as follows:


• Departments 01 to 19 - 23rd May
• Departments 20 to 49 - 30th May
• Departments 50 onwards - 6th June


If this is your first income tax declaration in France, a paper return is obligatory and these should be available from your local tax office or to print off on-line from early April. There is a single date for paper based returns, regardless of where you live in France, which for 2017 is 17th May.


For those of you who came to live in France during 2016, then you will need to make your first French tax declaration and declare all your worldwide income and gains, but only for the period since becoming resident in 2016.


Income and gains that might be tax-free in another country, for example, UK ISAs, premium bond winnings and Pension Commencement Lump Sums, must be declared, as all are taxable in France. Even for income that is taxable in another country, for example a UK government type of pension (i.e. civil service, military, police and teachers pensions, but not State pensions) and/or UK property rental income, the amount must still be reported in France and it will be taken into account in calculating your French income tax. You will then be given a tax reduction to take into account the fact that the income is taxable elsewhere.


It is also obligatory to declare the existence of bank accounts and life assurance policies held outside of France, even bank accounts with nothing in them! There are large penalties for not doing so.


Common Reporting Standards
Hopefully, many of you will now be aware of the existence of the CRS, which has been in operation since 1st January 2016 (not least because you may have been asked by your UK bank, or perhaps the institution that pays your private pension, for your French fiscal reference number). This basically means that all EU fiscal authorities and many others throughout the world (including the popular offshore jurisdictions of Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Gibraltar) are exchanging information on pretty much all things financial, concerning taxpayers living in one country who have assets in another country and/or income arising in another country. This includes investment income (e.g. bank interest and dividends), pensions, property rental income, capital gains from financial assets and real estate, life assurance products, employment income, directors’ fees, as well as account balances of financial assets.


No-one is exempt and therefore, it is essential that when you complete your French income tax return, you declare all income and gains – even if this is taxable in another country by virtue of a Double Taxation Treaty with France.


Finally, if anyone finds that they need to complete the pink 2047 form, this means that you have foreign income and/or gains to declare. If this is for any reason other than pension income and earnings, then perhaps you may benefit from a discussion to see if your financial situation can be improved by investing in something that is more tax-efficient for French residency.


If you would like to have a confidential discussion about your personal situation, you can contact me by e-mail at or by telephone on 04 67 24 90 95.


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Hi Steve

Your correspondents are right about Hitler and democracy but an important caveat needs to be added.


Hitler deliberately aimed at an overtly legitimate route to power after the Beer Hall Putsch even if he didn’t eventually get the majority he craved under Weimar rules. In practice, however, as William Shirer makes clear, a democratic majority was only ever desired to make things look wholesome and thereby exert pressure on weak members of the Establishment who didn’t like Hitler but didn’t see him as a serious threat until too late. Hitler knew that as well as electioneering he had to join other politicians in backstairs intrigue and fear-mongering (telling them, « if you want to check the growing chaos, you must appoint me ») until he got where he wanted to go. 


He knew that the electorate is only the overt legitimising force in a democracy but it is not always (perhaps is never) the actual legitimising force and that it is better pragmatically to be seen to woo the former but if you are turned down you can still woo the latter. Power is exercised by he who can make others do what he wants regardless of how he came to office without them having the physical means to stop him. Hitler knew he could not obtain power without the support ie compliance or even obedience of the great institutions of society – especially the army and big business and these were the king-makers behind the scenes in 1932. They were pursuing their own interests. They thought they could handle Hitler but only after they had given him power did they realise he had been handling them all along. 


The relevance of this today is that: 

1) we should not be fooled by what we see in politics: we should always ask what are we not seeing 

2) as Marx taught us (he was right in this at least), economic interests are inextricably linked with political events and we should never take our eyes off those who wield economic power because if their interests diverge with ours we may not get what we thought we were voting for. 

3) as an electorate we have to speak out before autocrats do what they want in our name. Once they have used us in their own power games, they are not interested in what we have to say. Democracy is always in the past for them, not in the present.

4) the only way we have to speak out is a media that is not only free but uses its freedom effectively for the good of society, that knows what the public interest means. Journalists, editors, readers and viewers all need to be aware that to a demagogue all publicity is good publicity; we should learn not to over-feed the animals.


Best wishes

Nick Inman





And from another reader


Re Trump, have a look at(Google) Samantha Bee on Trump. Hilarious.


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Lézignan-Corbières  Vide grenier maison

Montolieu  Salon du livre ancien et d’occasion

Narbonne  Vide grenier couvert

Saverdun  Vide grenier marché aux puces divers

Dimanche 16 Avril

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Gruissan  Vide grenier mjc vtt

Limoux  Vide grenier de l’association les Aristocat’s de Limoux

Montolieu  Salon du livre ancien et d’occasion

Narbonne  Vide grenier couvert

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Sigean  Vide grenier des Chats Muses

La Tour-du-Crieu   1er Vide grenier brocante de l’asc foot

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Saint-Girons  Les puces du champ de mars

Varilhes  Vide grenier brocante sur la D624


Lundi 17 Avril

Limoux  Vide grenier de l’association les Aristocat’s de Limoux

Montolieu  Salon du livre ancien et d’occasion


Narbonne  Hyper vide grenier lundi de Pâques

Trebes  Vides greniers de printemps

Dalou  Vide grenier de printemps

Saverdun  Grand vide grenier de pâques

Samedi 22 Avril

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Lézignan-Corbières  Vide grenier maison

Limoux  10ème Salon Antiquités Brocante

Dimanche 23 Avril

Alairac  Vide grenier de l’ASSC de l’école d’Alairac

Badens  Vide grenier et marché aux fleurs

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Coursan  Vide grenier Route de Cuxac

Fabrezan  Vide grenier association festival de musique Charles Cros

Fleury d’aude  Vide grenier

Gruissan  Vide grenier Anguialous

Limoux  10ème Salon Antiquités Brocante

Mirepeisset  Vide grenier

Narbonne  Vide grenier de d’association MSN

Narbonne  Hyper vide grenier

Ornaisons  Vide grenier

Rieux-Minervois  Vide grenier

Rouffiac-d’Aude  Vide grenier

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Roumengoux  Vide grenier, vide jardin






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