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Now in this summer of discontent

Made horrendous by this lack of planes

Not in the clouds so we stay in house,

Blah blah blah….

Well yes, there is an alternative to striking transportation - a bla bla car? Have you tried them?  A very sound idea for the none-too shy.  Cheap with an easy-to-use website and in my experience friendly accommodating drivers.

 101739694 mediaitem101739693So the Don Kim summit is off’ish and the demand for the summit commemorative coin seems to be high. I just tried to get onto the White House gift shop website to have a look and I couldn’t get through to buy anything.

Many years ago I looked at Pope merchandising and have been no less stunned by what Washington is offering.  Someone has missed a trick redesigning the Teddy bear.  As it was a US president who inspired the original, surely the hair colour allows for a totally new shape with a floppy hair style which in centuries to come no one will understand why such a thing existed.

It is interesting that their selection proudly states that maybe 1 in 20 items are made in America, so by my reckoning that means there are 19 made in China.

I can’t see a shop at The Élysée Palace or 10 Downing Street, but it would appear the Palace of Westminster does have a shop but are careful not to embarrass themselves with an online shop window.

It’s warming up and beginning to feel like there might be a summer.




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Speaking of weddings… of which I’m sure you are all mightily tired by now, where did the idea of the garter come from I wondered?  And the garter toss?  What is that about?


Sensibly garters were used to keep up your stockings, held in place by buckles or coiled wires and later elastic.  In wedding celebrations, the bride’s bouquet is to be caught by a woman and the garter is to be caught by a man.  The tradition is a watered down version of how guests and family behaved in the medieval era.  In order to get proof of consummation after the wedding, interested parties would go into the bridal chamber to search for an item of clothing which would prove that at least it had been removed and consequently consummation had taken place.  Today it is only the groom who rummages around inside the bride’s dress sometimes with his teeth, removes the garter while she is still wearing it and throws it into the crowd. 


And then there is the Order of the Garter.  Probably a fiction, but I like the idea of Edward III who created this prestigious award of chivalry, picking up the Countess of Salisbury’s garter when it falls off.  (She was probably dancing and thinking ‘Oh no, I can feel it slipping down my leg, how embarrassing, I’m either going to trip up or have to kick it off’) so the king comes to her rescue, picks it up and instead of trying to put it back on her leg, he puts it on his own with the immortal words ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’.  Or in other words possibly ‘Keep your dirty thoughts to yourself or something bad will happen’.  You get the gist.  However it turns out that Edward may or may not have raped the poor Countess, so that the garter episode is perhaps indicative of what was to come and the reason why he said what he did.  And then again, this could all be French propaganda against the English king who like many before and after was threatening France. But to create an award on the basis of this particular garter….. pull the other one.  






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French Residency – Dispelling the Myths



French residency is a popular topic of discussion for expatriates when they get together in a social setting. So often I hear people saying that they “choose” not to be French resident and just to be sure, they make sure that they do not spend more than 183 days a year in France. Come April/May time, the chatter on this subject increases. So too do the differences of opinion, mostly about whether or not someone should complete a French income tax return.

Well, to dispel the first myth – residency is not a choice per se. Based on the facts, you are either French resident or not.

The rules on French residency are really quite straightforward, although admittedly some cases are not! For example, take a couple who are lucky enough to have a property in each of France, the UK and Spain. None of the properties are rented to tenants and so all are available for their own personal use. Every year, they spend five months a year in France, four months in the UK and three months in Spain. They receive pensions from sources outside of France and most of their financial capital is in offshore bank deposits in the Channel Islands. They also have current bank accounts in each of the three countries.

Where are they resident? Well the simple answer is “France”. Why? Because this is where they spend most time in a year.

Hence, the second myth of the perceived ‘183 day rule’ is also dispelled.

When anyone has interests in various countries, it is often found that they satisfy the internal criteria for residence of more than one country. Understandably, this can be confusing. In France, you only have to satisfy one of the following four conditions and you will be resident in France:

(1) France is your ‘home’: If you have property in France and another country, but the latter is not available for your personal use (for example, because it is rented to tenants), then France is your home.

(2) France is your ‘centre of economic interest’: Generally, this means where your income is paid from. In addition to pension, salaries, etc., this can include bank interest and other investment income.

(3) France is your place of ‘habitual abode’: Notably, no reference is made in the law to the number of days that you actually spend in France and this is where many people are caught out, believing that if they do not spend at least 183 days in France, then they can decide that they are not resident. This is not the case and your place of ‘habitual abode’ is, quite simply, where you spend most time.

(4) Nationality: If your residency has not been established by any of the above points, then it will be your nationality that determines your residence, however, this is very rare.

As a French resident, you are obliged to complete an annual income tax return and must declare all your worldwide income and gains (even if the income is ultimately taxable in another country).

Thankfully, there are Double Taxation Treaties (DTTs) existing between France and all the EU States (and also with many other countries in the world). For anyone with interests in more than one country, the existence of a relevant DTT is very important. This is because a DTT sets out the rules that apply in determining which country has the right to tax your various sources of income and assets, with the aim of avoiding double taxation.

However, France does not have DTTs with the popular offshore jurisdictions of, for example, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Hence, for any French resident with bank deposits in these jurisdictions, where withholding tax is being charged on the interest, there is no mechanism to offset this against the French income tax that is also payable. Probably the best thing to do to avoid paying tax twice on the same source of income is to shelter the financial capital within an investment that is tax-efficient in France. Notwithstanding this, as everyone’s situation is different, it is also very important to seek independent financial advice before taking any action.

Inheritance taxes should also not be overlooked. As a French resident, you are considered domiciled in France for inheritance purposes and your worldwide estate becomes taxable in France, where the tax rates depend on your relationship to your beneficiaries. However, there are some DTTs on inheritance taxes between France and other countries (although nowhere near as extensive as the number of DTTs that exist for other taxes). Again, it is important to seek advice on your own personal situation because it is my experience that ‘one size does not fit all’.

In summary, French residency is a fact and not a choice. However, by seeking advice, action can be taken to mitigate your future personal French tax bills, as well as the potential French inheritance tax bills for your beneficiaries.

The above outline is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute advice or a recommendation from The Spectrum IFA Group to take any particular action to mitigate the effects of French tax legislation. Hence, if you would like to have a confidential discussion about your financial situation, please contact Sue Regan either by e-mail at or by telephone on 04 67 24 90 95. 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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I am relocating and reducing, I have an excess of books. I recall that on one or two occations you had a book sale, who privided the books? A charity I presume, if so which one and how do I get in contact with them? 

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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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Dimanche 27 Mai

Canet  Vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Carcassonne  Vide grenier

Coursan  Vide grenier

Espéraza  Vide grenier

Fabrezan  Vide grenier

Fleury  Vide grenier à Saint Pierre la Mer

Ginestas  Vide grenier

Gruissan  Vide grenier

La Digne-d’Amont  Vide grenier toques et clochers 2019

Lauraguel  Vide grenier

Leucate  Vide grenier

Limoux  Vide grenier

Montredon-des-Corbières  Vide grenier

Moussan  Vide grenier

Narbonne  Vide grenier

Pépieux  Vide grenier

Puichéric  Vide grenier brocante

Ribaute  Vide grenier

Saint-Jean-de-Barrou  Vide grenier

Saint-Michel-de-Lanès  Vide grenier de mai

Sigean  Vide grenier

Villemoustaussou  Vide tout

Arignac  Vide grenier

La Bastide-de-Bousignac  Vide grenier

Le Fossat  Vide grenier

Mirepoix  Vide grenier

Montgaillard  Vide grenier

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Teilhet  Vide grenier

Samedi 2 Juin

Badens  Vide grenier et vide dressing

Coursan  Vide grenier

Floure  Vide grenier

Leucate  Vide grenier

Foix  Vide grenier

Pamiers  Festival vintage 70

Dimanche 3 Juin

Alairac  Vide grenier

Argeliers  Vide grenier de la calado

Cailhau  Vide grenier de printemps

Capendu  Bourse aux armes et militaria

Carcassonne  Vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Castelnaudary  Vide grenier

Caunes-Minervois  Vide grenier sapeurs pompiers

Chalabre  Grand vide grenier

Coursan  Vide grenier

Cruscades  Vide grenier

Cubières-sur-Cinoble  Les puces de Cubière-sur-Cinoble

Donazac  Vide grenier

Fleury  Vide grenier

Fontcouverte  Vide grenier du 3eme âge

Gruissan  Vide grenier

Laure-Minervois  Vide grenier de l’école

Leucate  Vide grenier du rugby

Limoux  Brocante la mensuelle

Luc-sur-Orbieu  Vide grenier

Montbrun-des-Corbières  Vide grenier

Montréal  Vide grenier marché artisanal

Narbonne  Vide grenier Pichousport

Narbonne  Vide grenier Emmaüs

Palaja  Vide grenier

Pezens  Vide grenier

Portel-des-Corbières  Vide grenier 

Preixan  Vide grenier

Saint-Marcel-sur-Aude  Vide grenier

Salsigne  Vide grenier

Sigean  Vide grenier du ping pong

Ventenac-en-Minervois  Vide grenier

Vinassan  Vide grenier de l’APE

Arnave  Vide grenier de printemps

Bonnac  Vide grenier

Celles  Vide grenier

Foix  1er Vide grenier du Athletic Club

Loubières  Vide grenier

Mazères  Vide grenier mensuel

Pamiers  Vide grenier brocante

Pamiers  Festival vintage 70

Rieucros  Vide grenier

Saint-Lizier  Vide grenier

Tarascon-sur-Ariège  Vide grenier

Varilhes  Vide grenier

Samedi 9 Juin

Alaigne  Foire à tout, vide grenier

Bram  Puces des couturières

Coursan  Vide grenier

Limoux  Vide grenier nocturne

Serviès-en-Val  Grand vide grenier

Lézat-sur-Lèze  Vide grenier

Ornolac-Ussat-les-Bains  Vide grenier

Dimanche 10 Juin

Armissan  Vide grenier

Azille  Vide grenier des pompiers

Bizanet  Vide grenier de l’école

Bram  Vide grenier

Brousses-et-Villaret  Vide grenier

Carcassonne  Vide grenier de l’école maternelle Berthelot

Carcassonne  Vide grenier brocante

Carcassonne  Vide grenier des Capucins

Castelnaudary  Vide grenier les rois du vide

Coursan  Vide grenier du CIT

Coursan  Vide grenier route de cuxac

Durban-Corbières  Vide grenier

Espéraza  Grande foire et vide grenier

Fleury  Vide grenier des sapeurs pompiers

Gruissan  Vide grenier du Tennis de Table

Lauraguel  Vide grenier

Les Martyrs  Foire artisanale vide grenier

Leucate  Vide grenier brocante

Luc-sur-Orbieu  Vide grenier annuel

Narbonne  Vide grenier

Ornaisons  Vide grenier

Paraza  Vide grenier

Paziols  Vide grenier, artisans locaux

Quillan  Vide grenier Salon du Cheval

Ribaute  Vide grenier

Rieux-Minervois  Vide grenier de la boule optimiste

Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse  Vide grenier

Saint-Papoul  Vide grenier

Saint-Polycarpe  Vide jardin et brocante du vigneron

Sigean  Vide grenier

Villalier  Vide grenier

Villemoustaussou  Vide grenier

Ax-les-Thermes  Vide grenier

Besset  Vide grenier

Cadarcet  Vide grenier

La Bastide-de-Besplas  Vide livres et objets ésotériques d’occasion

La Bastide-sur-l’Hers  Vide grenier

Mirepoix  Vide grenier

Saurat  Vide grenier

Vals  Vide grenier marché de producteurs et artisans











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