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The Postman Stops For Coffee
A growing problem in France and England is that older people want to stay in their own homes longer but families, often living huge distances from their ageing parents worry about their health and well being.
La Poste has come up with a solution, 'Veiller sur mes parents'. This new service offered by La Poste ensures that the elderly person is visited by the postman /postwoman at least once a week and after this visit there will be a text message to relatives to say how the elderly person is doing. In addition there is a 24/7 telephone helpline and links to local handymen.
This service costs €35.99 a month and it is hoped that this service will help prevent the well known problem of loneliness which can affect older people.
A Blue Lobster...
Fisherman, Mickaël Gault has caught an extremely rare blue lobster just off the coast of Brittany.
Instead of selling the lobster to a restaurateur it is now swimming quite happily at the marine museum, Océanoplois at Brest.
Only one in every 2 million lobsters are this blue. Although lobsters have a blueish tint this vivid blue colour is caused by a genetic anomaly resulting in the production of protein
Just The Coolest Thing....
A retired cabinet maker, Michel Robillard from Indre-et-Loire has made a 2CV from local trees.
The wings are walnut and pear wood, the main structure is apple wood and for the boot and doors he used cherry wood.
The car has taken M.Robillard six years to build and as soon as he has had the electrics checked he is panning a tour around France is his wooden 2CV
I just hope that I get a glimpse of it !
The French Have An Official Accent List ?!....
In France you can choose any name for your baby...... as long as all the accents are on the French Official List.
A couple in Quimper, which is quite ironically the 'Capital of Breton Culture', were initially unable to name their son with the Breton name, Fañch as the accent 'ñ' was not on the French Official List !
However, after a number of protests (who doesn't ike a protest ?), the little boy can now be named Fañch.
Google Maps Makes €100,000 For One Very Clever French Commune
One very resourceful Mairie has had a tax windfall of over €100,000 thanks to Google Maps!.
The commune of Marmande had 500 declared pools but by using Google Maps tax officials tracked down a further 300 residents that had ‘forgotten’ to declare their swimming pools !
In France, all major works (including swimming pools!) must be declared to the Mairie and following the works residents are also liable for increased annual taxe foncière and taxe d’habitation payments.
I am sure that now many communes will be keeping a watchful eye on any blue patches appearing on Google Maps !
May- The Month Of Bank Holidays !
During May there are three Bank Holidays (Jours Feriés) and one 'Pont Jour'. If a Bank holiday falls on a Thursday or a Tuesday, then the Friday or Monday becomes a Pont Jour, so in effect another Bank Holiday!..
The French have 11 public holidays a year and goodness knows how many pont jours, but the French are campaigning for more!..
A leading think-tank has suggested adding two more bank holidays, one for Muslims and another for Jews.
The argument is that if a Jew or Muslim wants to celebrate his or her religion, they would need to take a days’ holiday thus exposing their personal religious beliefs to their employer.
Not everyone is in favour of this proposal, another suggestion is that bearing in mind that 70% of the French population are atheists, would be to give all employees a set number of days that an employee can take when they like. This would also be beneficial for businesses as not everyone would be on holiday at the same time
Civilian drivers in Normandy are testing unmarked cars fitted with radars embarqués (speed camaras).
Six drivers are taking part in tests to approve automatic speed sensor camera equipment.
The plan is, that civilian drivers, driving unmarked cars will replace 400 gendarmes.
Sécurité Routière says speed is involved in a quarter of accidents and it is thought that these unmarked cars will slow down the traffic.
It is hoped that by September each region will have 30 cars