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  1. Thanks, Ed, for posting that article. There are criticisms in the article, too, of scrubbers, which (as has been posted on here more than once) simply dump the sulfur in the seas. (I really dislike this "modern" spelling of "sulphur"). It's good to see that certain ports and fleets are working to beat this kind of pollution, and the adoption of LNG engines should help enormously.
  2. Ah yes, experts. Not to be trusted, eh? Especially when they "bang on" about things. I haven't done enough Biscay crossings to be an expert on ocean conditions, but I do live in SW France, and I can say that we have had extremes of weather this year. Endless rain with lots of storms in spring. Endless sun and high temps during the summer - and it continues. I had thought that this kind of weather is exactly what the "experts" said we would have. It's difficult to plan for, but it seems to me that BF and the port authorities do need to expect the worst and plan for it.
  3. Yes, Imprimerie, I agree and join you in wishing all Brits the best under very worrying circumstances. I understand that the Ministère de l'Intérieur has fairly recently written to all Préfectures with instructions to follow the same procedures with CdeS applications from Brits. Whether this actually happens is another matter ... We come under Tarn-et-Garonne, and have found the Préfecture in Montauban helpful but a little imprecise. We are still not sure that we have all the necessary documentation for my wife's second interview. Slightly annoying, as we live an hour away, and it's a
  4. Just back to offer an apology for the extra "e" in "negotiations" in my last post. Too late now to change it. And to add that we have just (we think - waiting for confirmation) made an appointment for 14 August for my wife's CdeS interview.
  5. Further to all the above, I received today a notification from the British Embassy in Paris of an update to their advice to Britons in the light of the Brexit negotiateions. You can see the advice page for yourself at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-france?utm_source=923383e6-6591-4b8d-8732-2b0bbdc2dad3&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate#registration-in-france This article includes the following: " The British Embassy is in regular and close contact with the French Authorities who advise that UK nationals should apply
  6. Apologies for the (partial) double post. Somehow I managed to submit when I really didn't want to.😊
  7. OK, Ed. First of all, I apologise for the delay in replying, but we have family here on a visit for a fortnight, and now that they have gone to bed, I have the chance to reply. To other readers, I apologise for the length and detail of this post, but for a mere Cabin boy this guy asks complicated questions! However, he is quite right to do so. I'll deal with the easy point first. The French are indeed very quick to point out that no EU citizen is obliged to apply for a Carte de Séjour. And, of course, the vast majority of EU citizens have absolutely no need to apply for one, and would
  8. OK, Ed. First of all, I apologise for the delay in replying, but we have family here on a visit for a fortnight, and now that have gone to bed, I have the chance to reply. I'll deal with the easy point first. The French are indeed very quick to point out that no EU citizen is obliged to apply for a a Carte de Séjour. And, of course, the vast majority of EU citizens have absolutely no need to apply for one, and would be wasting everyone's time if they did (in most cases). However, from 29 M
  9. It is, in fact, the official advice of both the UK and French governments that Brits should apply for a residency card, and it makes sense to do so as soon as possible. We don't know, as has been pointed out, what the final outcome of Brexit or the status of Brits in the EU will be, but it is expected that there will be a big rush to get a Carte de Séjour Permanent after March 2019. It makes sense to do it now and to be covered. My wife is going through the procedure right now. The claimed advantage is that once you have the Carte, it will be easier to swap it for any new permit or permanent v
  10. No words can help very much, but, having nearly lost our daughter (single, aged 35) last October, we have perhaps some slight idea of what you're going through. We wish you strength and courage through these difficult times. There but for the grace ... etc. We also hope that, when the worst of the grief is over, you are able to enjoy your French house. It may help you find peace.
  11. Not very often I disagree with you, Neil, but having sailed between Saint-Malo and Portsmouth on Pont-Aven and Bretagne a few times last winter, I'd take Bretagne any day. Pont-Aven is OK, but Bretagne just has that bit of extra class. That said, I'm quite sure that "the general travelling public" would be perfectly happy with Pont.
  12. Tend to agree that pretty well everywhere en route is stunning! I've never hired a boat, but the Canal du Midi is certainly on our endless list of wannados. Think I'd start at the Etang de Thau, if that's possible. I suspect the base may be at Marseillan or Sète, but I'd definitely have a look at Mèze - our favourite resort down there. (No pretensions, unlike the Riviera). If you can be in any of these seaside resorts when they have their "joutes" (jousting on board rowing boats) it's great fun. Some amateur video here. Look out, too, for the local sport of Tambourin, played with a t
  13. The blockade of refineries was lifted on Wednesday evening: http://www.lefigaro.fr/conjoncture/2018/06/13/20002-20180613ARTFIG00036-raffineries-les-agriculteurs-decus-pourraient-poursuivre-les-blocages.php (Le Figaro, in French).
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