Monthly Archives: July 2015

The heatwave and the French economy

For the last month it’s been hot over much of France. Someone has left the door of the African tumble dryer open and waves of heat have rolled up from Africa and crossed upwards into northern France. If rumour is … Continue reading

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La Fête Nationale

As everybody knows, 14 July is France’s national day. That much at least is clear but there’s an awful lot else that isn’t. If you have forgotten your history it was on 14th July 1789 that the Bastille prison in … Continue reading

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A year in Provence

It’s hard to believe that it’s exactly one year since we boarded the train for the Channel Tunnel and started our drive to the south of France. Given that this is, therefore, an anniversary edition, we had to hijack the title … Continue reading

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Striking! The complete French experience

At the risk of generalisation, expatriates in France can be divided into two kinds. The first consider that the French are basically just like the British but speak a different language; the second consider the French to be an utterly alien … Continue reading

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