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    Applying for French residency

    Sorry! Not your post I am referring to. I think we are trying to keep the same balance. I have worked in France on and off since the 1970s, have worked for and with French companies and colleagues, and have even represented France in international sailing events... I am relaxed, and proud, to be a Shetlander, a Scot, British, European, and these days, Breton. None are contradictory. All are rich and enriching. I have lost nothing of the first by embracing the others. Enough they howl …..
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    Applying for French residency

    Not sure why you are objecting to what I have said? Is "better safe than sorry" dead?
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    Applying for French residency

    When we had our interview at the prison like Préfecture in Rennes a couple of weeks back, the member of staff dealing with us stated very clearly that any application pending for a non EU citizen would be automatically cancelled if evidence of leaving French territory to a non EU country came to light. No threats or anything. A friendly, helpful and thoroughly efficient bureaucrat. I believe Nelly Ferriault followed this up with a call to someone further up the food chain, who confirmed the point. Of course, it is highly possible that a reciprocal arrangement will avoid such restrictions for UK citizens after Brexit, but I would think this would only be the case in a "soft" Brexit scenario, and could be a real pain for people in the event of a "hard" or "no deal" Brexit? Nonne of us are trying to scare anyone, or bash a political drum, just putting our experiences and gleanings in front of those who might benefit.
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    Applying for French residency

    Simples ... My Russian friends as example, non EU. Not their fault, but papers got "lost" at the Préfecture, and their visa was beyond its sell by date. Grand daughter born in Zurich, but had to wait till their application had gone through. Leaving the EU means just that, unless we believe in unicorns. Nothing new or unusual in this at all, but, till end March, the UK is in the EU. After that date, can you really be sure and honestly advise people to wait? Like I said, no scaremongering, no rudeness, just trying to help, and point those who could benefit, towards someone I can personally recommend.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    Wednesday is only 79 coefficient, 8m ish tide. Big ones Sat and Sun.
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    Applying for French residency

    Thank you. It is not a "proposed travel ban", but a statement from a member of the relevant staff at the Préfecture in Rennes regarding the procedure. No scaremongering, no touting for business, just pointing out a fact. I have had Russian friends here in St Malo caught in this situation. If UK is outwith the EU, and without a specific agreement on this type of issue, voilà. Just trying to help, and not getting involved in the pro v con Brexit debate.
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    Applying for French residency

    Do you think that 78 year old Mrs Smith, living in Pontivy since 2002 really wants to travel via Spain, and worry about the whole stramash, when her grand daughter in Salisbury gets ill?
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    Applying for French residency

    For you, perhaps, but you are not in the position of a lot of Brits in France, and I still request a polite apology please!
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    Applying for French residency

    As any normal person can see, the original post, and explanation therein is mine. I quote a few lines from Nelly, and give her contact details at the end. I really object to the tone and content of cabin-boy's posts. Public apology???
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    Applying for French residency

    Moderators. Please review and sanction those posts. Thank you.
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    Applying for French residency

    cabin-boy, I find everything you have said rude to the point of insulting! Try thinking before spouting.
  12. I quote below some information from Dém'Marches Bretagne (detail later) about the procedure for applying for French residency, Carte de Séjour. Applying for a residency card AFTER BREXIT (= after March 29th, 2019) means you can't leave France during the process (4 to 6 months) ; if you do, your application is cancelled. My advice is that you apply before end of October to be able to obtain an interview at Préfecture before Brexit. In explanation. Nelly Ferriault is a brilliant adviser on all things administrative in France, is bilingual, used to work for the Préfecture, knows the people, the systems and the pitfalls inside out. She specialises, amongst other things, in helping Brits with car registration, tax and benefit forms, applications for residency or nationality, disputes with neighbours …. She is an absolute star, bubbly, charming, but serious, experienced and fearless in addressing issues. Her contact details are below. She lives NE of Rennes and covers Ille et Vilaine and a little beyond. The process of applying for residency is typically bureaucratic. Mounds of photocopies of 5 years of bills and bank statements to prove you have been here, and have the means to pay your way. Plus originals and copies and notarised translations of birth and marriage certificates etc. The point she is now making is that, if you want to apply, and your application is accepted pending confirmation, you may only travel within the EU until you receive that confirmation 4 to 6 months later. Unless a specific arrangement forms part of Brexit, the UK will be outside the EU, and any applicant leaving France whilst waiting, will see their application automatically cancelled. Nelly Ferriault Dém'Marches Bretagne demarches35@outlook.com +33 (0)6 22 13 08 01
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    Environmentally friendly???

    I have no in depth knowledge of Pont Aven or Armorique engines. Bretagne has always been able to run on either fuel, though some work is needed each change, so it was not so hard to do it only once. As Pont Aven has 4 engines, it would be odd to run on only one, hence only driving one shaft?
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    Environmentally friendly???

    Bureau Veritas will cover what ships can run on, but they have no reason to report on what is being used. Perhaps the chap at Whitakers had Bretagne in his mind?
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    Fruit tarts

    Had strawberry and raspberry tats on Armorique a few days ago. Delicious.
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