At home in the Pays d'Oc by Patricia Feinberg Stoner

At home in the Pays d OcPatricia and her husband Patrick became accidental expatriates on Friday 18th July 2003.

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Cycle for Life! by Annette Morris

If you are "of an age" and live here in the South of France, there is a fair chance you will have already heard of Cancer Support France (CSF).

cycle for life

CSF was set-up in 2002 to provide help to people in the unfortunate position of having a family member, or even themselves, be given the shattering news of a cancer diagnosis. The kind of support they provide is pretty varied. From the emotional to the much more practical (such as translation of the plethora of technical terms), the volunteers receive in depth training and adhere to a strict code of confidentiality.

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The things I miss by Carole Rommene

The things I missI met a lovely couple of English readers in our restaurant recently (Hello Jean and Colin). They have lived near Uzès for the past decade and are very much settled here. We went through some funny stories and anecdotes about their life here and the difference between our two countries. Apart from the fact that it was lovely to have a long conversation in English again, this meeting seems to have triggered some kind of acute nostalgia for my former home. It reminded me of all the things I missed about England. Although the grass is always greener on the other side, here are a few of them (but the list is not exhaustive!):

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Musée d’Art Brut, Montpellier’s newest gem for the whole family! by Metrice Harris-Weedman

Musée d Art BrutWhile shopping around for affordable paintings to fit our house, I stumbled upon a style frequently referred to as Art Brut. Without knowing more than the name and with no specific intention, I would encounter this style again and again during my researching. Coincidentally, I was invited to review a new museum opening in Montpellier which focuses on... Art Brut. No need to ask me twice, my husband and I showed up with pen and camera in hand and embarked on an enchanting discovery.

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Airbus Helicopters: high-flying European technology by Janice Lert

The city of Marignane, where the plane carrying you to Provence may have landed, is also home to one of the main industrial sites in the Bouches-du-Rhône, Airbus Helicopters. Located right beside the Marseille international airport, the plant is a city within the city, employing 8.500 persons in an unimaginable variety of jobs, all having to do with helicopters, of course.

Airbus Helicopters high flying European technology

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An expat’s guide to the crazy world of French politics by Alec Fullerton

An expat s guide to the crazy world of French politicsBack in March, I ventured up from our humble province to the bright lights and packed terrasses of Paris to visit a friend. Over the course of the weekend, I managed to spot the graffiti, Fillon en Prison (Fillon in Prison), a staggering five times, rebelliously daubed in marker pen on the advertising posters lining the Metro platforms.

 

If you hadn’t been following the presidential campaigns thus far you might have been a bit confused. Who is this Fillon chap? Why do they want to throw him in the slammer? And haven’t they heard of Twitter? It’s a rather more 21st century means of expressing annoyance.

 

If Brexit and Trumpageddon have taught us anything, it’s that politics can be confusing, unpredictable and, as I’m sure many readers will concur, frustrating. And that was all happening in English, so how on earth are us expats supposed to make head or tail of France’s 2017 presidential elections?

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