Electronic paper Connexion December 2021
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Father’s fight wins cancer medicine for all
An experimental brain cancer drug is now free in France thanks to the efforts of a bereaved father, Xavier Baiao, whose eldest son Nathanaël died at the age of 16 from diffuse brainstem glioma. Thanks to a unique partnership between his family and a cancer hospital, a pill that slows tumor growth will now be available free to patients.
Read the inspiring story of Nathaniel and his family on the front page and continue on page 2
Latest news on Covid travel, maiden names and treatments
We explain recent issues regarding booster injections and the French health pass, vaccination certificates bearing the maiden name of women unlike their passports and new Covid treatments that should be approved in France.
Stay informed of important news about the Covid and France on page 5. You can also stay up to date on the Covid situation through our daily updates on the coronavirus situation in France.
New plaza pays tribute to the friendship between Josephine Baker and Princess Grace
A new square on the seafront in Monaco pays homage to one of the most popular American celebrities in France, the heroine of the Resistance and humanist Joséphine Baker. Place Joséphine Baker was named by Prince Albert‘s government in recognition of her special relationship with Monaco and her mother Princess Grace.
Read the story of a unique friendship on page 11
French news explained
Who are the yellow vests today?
The yellow vest protests once drew hundreds of thousands of people, but the third anniversary of the movement’s launch in late November saw only 1,800 people take to the streets of Paris. Those who remain say they have no plans to hang up their yellow vests anytime soon as they continue to protest in the capital.
Learn more about what is happening with the yellow vest movement today on page 2
Hunting hunting fuels ban debate
The death of a motorist by a hunter’s bullet that ricocheted off a stone next to a four-lane highway has brought political attention back to the hunt. President Macron knows that whatever the vote hunters could provide will be matched by those of the anti-hunting and environmental brigade.
Find the full debate on page 3
Foie gras ‘is only made if you like geese’
In May, the British government promised to move towards a ban on the sale of foie gras, but little has changed since. Meanwhile, the French food company Gourmey is preparing to ‘grow’ foie gras in a lab, but the trade body Cifog has said it cannot be called foie gras because French and EU regulations state that it cannot be called foie gras. ‘it can only be used for gavage-fed duck or goose livers. Farm production of foie gras therefore remains the controversial standard.
Learn more about the production of foie gras after our tour of two farms to see what they do on page 8
Couple earns € 128,000 for wind turbine disease
A couple won € 128,000 in compensation for nuisance caused by wind turbines – and in particular, poor health caused by flashing lights at night. The Toulouse judgment in favor of Belgians Christel and Luc Fockaert, who ran a lodging company in the Tarn, should not however open the floodgates of other legal cases.
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Brexit and France
Travel difficulties for women whose maiden name appears on certificates
Women whose passports show their married name have difficulty traveling with vaccination certificates bearing their maiden name, as is usually the case in France. We have heard reports that women have been denied international travel despite presenting other evidence, such as their marriage certificate.
Hear from other readers who have encountered this issue on page 5
Remember … you must have a residence permit before January 1st
From January 1 – according to French law – Britons residing in France before 2021 and thus benefiting from the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (WA) must have a new residence permit in their possession. If you do not yet have your card, and especially if you have not yet had an appointment at the prefecture to submit your photo and fingerprints, you must contact your prefecture to remind them of the urgency of holding a card. before January 1.
Find out about the problems caused by the UK’s exit from the EU in our Brexit section on pages 5 and 6. Plus, stay up to date with the latest Brexit news online in our Brexit section as they are released.
Practical advice for living in France
Christmas bonus, US borders, help with the purchase of electric cars: the changes in France
A summary of recent changes in France impacting residents and owners of second homes, from snow tire rules to Christmas bonuses.
See the ten changes you should know on page 10
Giving meaning to … Micro-entrepreneurs
Two out of three new businesses created in France in 2021 were incorporated as micro-businesses. Taking this route to self-employment comes with tax benefits and is a relatively easy process to start.
We explain the procedure for setting up as a micro-entrepreneur on page 19
Help the elderly to stay at home
Following our November article on retirement homes in France, we received questions from readers about the help available to keep people at home. There are several options for home care services and financial assistance to help older people stay in their homes.
We describe the key points to know on page 21
Ownership: We downsized and regained our time
While sprawling stone houses might be the conventional French dream, Mike and Susie Griffiths tell us why they’re happier now with a 1980s three-bed.
Find out how the couple downsized and what impact the move had in our interview on page 39
Why you might be responsible for the upkeep of your in-laws
French law states that you may be financially responsible for your in-laws or in-laws as they grow up. In the last edition, we reported how Briton Samantha Dyke (with her sister), living in the UK, received a request for € 100,000 in nursing home costs for her British father in France with whom she did not. had no contact since the age of two.
We take a look at the rules behind this and to which parents it may apply on page 32
You can also find other tips for managing your money in France in our Currency and Taxation section on pages 33 and 34, and online.
Answers to readers’ questions
You asked, we answered. Send your questions to [email protected]
- What if you are in the French healthcare system by residence, under Puma, and you reach retirement age and get an S1 from the UK?
- Can visitors have a mutual recharge policy?
- Can the elderly live with a host family?
- Am I allowed to add a French resident to UK car insurance?
- Is the property tax local property tax to pay on a mobile home?
Get your questions answered on page 18 and elsewhere. You can also find answers to readers’ questions in the Your Questions Online section.
Gifts from France: the charm is in the local shopping and the discovery of traditions
Christmas shopping is one of the joys of winter and a great excuse to get out and discover France. The towns have something to brag about, but the small merchant towns in the provinces have their own charms; easier access, fewer crowds and authentic holiday traditions.
The Med garden is a winter paradise
When most of the gardens are dormant, Domaine du Rayol comes alive during the winter months. We cover why and how you can visit it this season.
“We must be educated on the real cost of a” like “”
We discuss with investigative journalist Guillaume Pitron his new book retracing the journey of a social network “like” on the internet, revealing the immense infrastructure that makes it possible.
An authentic taste of Alsace
New York chef Gabriel Kreuther offers modern Alsatian cuisine in his two-Michelin-starred restaurant. In his new cookbook, he looks back on his culinary journey and presents some of his favorite recipes, from contemporary classics to regional classics.
You’ll find more culture and lifestyle articles, as well as recipes, quizzes and more, in our “French Living” pull-out which comes free with every print edition.
More in the December issue:
Animals: The Elephant retirement home welcomes its first resident
Health: Peer calls for French help for Britons with dementia
Comment: Did Covid and #MeToo kill the wind?
Reader’s Story: From “go home” graffiti to a Michelin star
Job: How to be your own boss in France
Community: Alarm because the number of over 60 isolated and lonely doubles
Food and drink: Canned wine is growing in France