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Pineau, armagnac and beans tickle the tastebuds BEANS, plus armagnac, gin and pineau apéritif top the Dordogne list of favourites in a survey of regional tastes. The survey looked at aboveaverage French consumption of foods and here people consume 153% more pineau than average, 141% more armagnac, 62% more gin and 45% more gentiane liqueur. People also eat 138% more beans and lentils but this is more likely due to eating cassoulet than a vegetarian diet – especially as it is followed on the list by foie gras at 129% and paté, confit and rillette at 97%. The survey, for the online news service Journal du Net, found there are still strong local preferences for food. In Brittany, cider is drunk three times as much as the average. Foie gras, paté, confit and rillettes feature in the south west – with the Lot just higher than the Dordogne at 149%. Gingerbread Pain d’épice is also there, near the German border. And to prove that the French really do eat frogs legs and snails – both are bought frozen in quantities above average, in 16 departments, mostly to the east of France.
by JANE HANKS
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COUNCILLORS across the Dordogne are supporting a €700 million scheme to bring superfast internet to every home – including second homes – in the next 10 years. The massive project, on a scale not seen for many years, would mean taking fibre optic cables to every house and, although each link will cost an average €3,300, councillors say residents will not be asked to contribute. Internet speeds could reach 100Mb which would allow users to work or watch TV while downloading music or films: a film could take just seven minutes to download. High-speed internet is vital for businesses and home-working residents. The Syndicat Départemental d’Energies (SDE 24) project is aimed at encouraging firms to relocate and for incomers to resettle and be able to work more easily. Syndicat chairman Philippe Ducène said: “We decided it is of the utmost importance to provide everyone with this service. “Le très haut debit, as we call it in French, has become a basic need for our citizens, just as an electricity supply was in the first half of the last
century. In 1937, the powers that be undertook to take electricity to every household in the Dordogne in 10 years. “They succeeded within the limited resources of the day and we hope to do the same with fibre optics.” Even though many people feel broadband is sufficient he said that would not be the case in a few years: “We are becoming increasingly dependent on the internet. “A survey has shown that 80% of people looking for a job find one on the web. “Technology is changing so 3D television will soon be widely available – and will only be possible with fibre optics. “At present large numbers of people using the service can slow it down – that’s not the case with fibre optics. “Another study has shown all houses will use Î Turn
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AN ultra-modern operating block is to open at the Polyclinique Francheville in the centre of Périgueux this month. It is the first stage of a €19.5 million project to upgrade the clinic. It will provide 11 operating suites, 22 rooms for day surgery and a new sterilising unit. In a first for the department it will allow operations to be filmed and for patient records to be store electronically.
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HI-TECH tourism has come to medieval Sarlat with the launch of NFC (Near Field Communication) to give information on historic sites. Smartphones with NFC chips can pick up photos, videos and guides – in French – by holding the phone in front of the information panel and launching special software. This follows Sarlat launching special flashcodes on its 42 monuments in 2009.
Towns launch new websites BERGERAC and Périgueux towns have launched new internet sites that have been designed to be easier to follow than the old ones. They give information on schools, rubbish collections, transport, markets etc and official documents can also be downloaded. They also outline new plans and list clubs and associations. They are only in French. www.bergerac.fr www.ville-perigueux.fr
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an average of 10 screens in their homes in the next 10 years. Whether or not that’s a good idea it is coming and we don’t want to be disadvantaged because we are extremely rural and it is more difficult and more expensive to set up a service. “We think it is very important for the economy of the department so that we can keep and attract businesses.” SDE 24, the elected body responsible for all energy in the Dordogne, backed the project unanimously. The decision to extend the cabling to second homes – which make up to 30% of the housing stock in some communes – is a bid to reassure possible new residents that they can work at home. However, the money has yet to be found and the €700m plan dwarfs the €9m that has just been spent on upgrading and installing broadband links to get rid of the department’s “shadow zones”. Councillors hope Europe, the state, the region and the departmental council will come up with the money. Mr
President of Dordogne Conseil Général Bernard Cazeau opens one of the stations giving broadband coverage in ChampagneFontaine in 2010
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Ducène said: “We are confident. Whatever government is voted in there is the political will to provide this. “France is very much behind with only 10% covered: in Japan the whole country was linked to fibre optic by December 2011. It is vital as 26% of economic growth in France is digital.” It will take 24,000km of cable for the plan but the bulk of the cost will be in digging trenches and erecting poles for the cable. However, SDE 24 general manager Gil Taillefer said they already had an existing network: “We own the electrical grid so the poles are in
place. And underground there are several kilometres of ducting which is either empty or which has room to carry other cables. We will be carrying out a study of costs.” He emphasised that residents would not have to contribute. “We will take the cable to the house – but the operator will be responsible for taking it into the home. It won’t be like electricity where the owner pays the connection costs. “The aim is for it to be available to everyone, irrespective of means, and it is hoped they will get this hugely improved service for the same sorts of prices currently charged for internet access.”
Jobless figures up 10.2% in year JOBLESS figures in the Dordogne rose 2.3% between January and February and 10.2% over the past year. It has the highest number of jobseekers in Aquitaine. The region has seen a 0.1% rise since January with unemployment falling in some departments, although overall it has seen an 8% rise on the year.
Site works start for crematorium WORK will start this month on a new crematorium for Bergerac, to supplement the present one at Périgueux which often has a waiting list. The new crematorium should be in service in 2013.
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Dordogne’s united nations Different lives but problems are the same...
DESPITE estimates placing the total number of British expatriates in the Dordogne at between 25,000 and 30,000, the latest government statistics, which date from 2006, show just 6,300 from a total of 17,400 foreigners. These figures do not include second-home owners but show that Britons clearly make up the largest sector. Second are the Portuguese with 2,700, followed by 1,700 Moroccans, 500 Algerians and 400 Spanish with the final 5,800 being from unspecified countries. The British are the most recent arrivals and this is their No1 destination in Aquitaine. One in two British people living in the region has made it their home. It is the second department for British residents, behind Paris at 8,500. In 2006 the British were mostly in the north around Nontron – where they made 3% of the population – four out of 10 were retired and half over 55. The large numbers living in the Dordogne mean there are plenty of opportunities to meet up with other people of the same nationality as well as a growing number of services, including food outlets, English language websites and of course, a newspaper. But what is it like for people from other nationalities living here? JANE HANKS met some:
Dutch arrived for weather and space
Meet the... Portuguese MORE than half of the Portuguese in the Dordogne have been here for at least 30 years. They came for very different reasons from the British – most were escaping the harsh political regime and fled north into France where they found plenty of work was available for them. They remain proud of their origins and in Sarlat there is a Portuguese football club. John Da Silva is secretary of the Association Sportive des Portugais de Sarlatis and said: “My father came in the 60s with eight others and they all found work easily in the tobacco factory in Sarlat. Many others found building work. “They were good workers, good with their hands. I was born here but went back to Portugal until I
Chantal, Julotte and their family are settled was six and I always went back for the summer holidays. “I will never forget my country and my roots. The Portuguese are always proud of their nationality and their culture.” He said the Portuguese found it hard at first because of the language: “But we worked well so it was OK. Some were exploited and underpaid with terrible long hours. But it got better. There was a great deal of construction work – and even now a lot of Portuguese continue to work as builders.” The club was created to give them
THE STRONG Dutch community seem to have come for similar reasons to many British, for a better climate and to find some free space. Chantal Willems arrived with husband Julotte and family in 2007 and said they came because they had lived abroad before and found it hard to settle in Holland. It was overcrowded, stressful and unfriendly: “We wanted the sort of openness we had experienced in Venezuela. When we arrived here everybody was very friendly; we love the people, the culture and immediately felt at home. In Holland you may live next to someone for 10 years and never talk. Here neighbours are there for each other. We love that.” That’s not to say it was easy: “The first year was really, really hard. “We bought a property in Simeyrols with eight gîtes which needed renovating – a massive amount of work. “The children, who were five, seven, nine and 11, found it very hard at first to speak French and to make friends. “My husband worked abroad and has had to continue doing so because the project cost us more than we estimated. But now we’re settled in and I would do it all over again. The children like going back to Holland in the holi-
a meeting place and though Mr Da Silva says the young, who are often second or third generation, sometimes choose to join French clubs, it remains a good place to share language and culture: “We don’t just have Portuguese members but we do put on special events where we have national foods, music and dancing. “We have installed a TV with Portuguese channels and it means the young ones can discover Portugal. We can’t go back to work in our country because of the sad state of our economy but some of us do go back home to retire.”
days – but are always happy to come back. “I haven’t felt the need to join any Dutch association – but it is good to speak to Dutch friends, particularly in hard times because it is always easier to express your feelings in your own language.” One Dutch association, La Tulipe, has been going for 10 years and has 270 members. It is based in Siorac but people come from far and wide for its activities. Chairman Ton Roelofs said it is particularly helpful for new arrivals who can feel isolated: “The aim is to integrate into French society but when you first come it is helpful to get advice and information in your own language. “We also have a medically trained member who will accompany people for doctors and hospital appointments.” They meet twice a month and have choir, golf, bridge, tennis, bowling and pétanque. They also celebrate Dutch festivals such as Queen’s Day. Ton said “You always want a piece of home, however happy you are in your new country.” He said the Dutch were drawn to the weather and space. “Holland is very crowded and expensive. Here there is a laid-back life for the retired.” For more details: www.latulipe.net
Meet the... Albanians ALTHOUGH they do not make up a large sector of the foreign population, there are quite a number of Albanians here who, like the Portuguese, escaped a dictatorship. Alfred Preyla, 38, arrived in France 20 years ago and came to Périgord to join his sister: “There are about 300 Albanian families in the department and the first ones came to flee the communist dictatorship. It was very difficult to leave
Sylvia is happy more Bulgarians are here
Sylvia Guinot is happier
DESPITE the stories above, some foreigners do not have a widespread network of compatriots and when Sylvia Guinot arrived from Bulgaria she knew no one else from her country. She met her French husband, Xavier, in Bulgaria 14 years ago and moved here when they married. However, she has recently met two new Bulgarian families and said: “It is very, very important for me to speak with people from my country. We have the same interests, sense of humour, culture:
when we were younger we saw the same TV shows, read the same books. “Even although I spoke very good French and have a wonderful French family and have settled in very well I knew no other Bulgarians and I missed my country. Sometimes I did get the blues and felt homesick.” Phoning her parents helped: “When I felt down I would ring home because I needed to hear my own language. Now I use the internet to keep in touch. It helped that I met my husband while he
worked in Bulgaria so he knows my country. Our two daughters spend the summer in Bulgaria with their grandparents who talk to them in Bulgarian and take them to the mountains, the sea and the sights. It is important they learn about my country.” One thing that helped her settle was joining a theatre group: “Join a club and take part in something you are passionate about. Barriers break down and you can do what you love doing, be yourself and forget nationality.”
and some lost their lives. I was lucky. “When I got here I didn’t speak a word of French, I didn’t even know the language existed. We didn’t learn about the outside world in Albania – we learned Russian in school.” He was helped by his sister and by the Périgueux mayor at the time, Yves Guéna, who he says was very good to him: “The politicians helped. They understood the situation and that it wasn’t easy to leave my country. “I play the piano and got work in the Conservatoire and once I learned French I was able to work as an interpreter for our community. “Once I had started speaking French it wasn’t too difficult – people from the Balkans have a natural facility for learning languages. “I learn more about the language every day. Anyway, I had no choice. “But we, the Albanians, like it here. The climate and the landscape is very similar to Albania. I love France and it has been good to me.” Mr Preyla now has French nationality. He said: “I took French nationality. It wasn’t easy – but I think you have to deserve it to have it: it’s not to be taken lightly.”
Winter weather May Day madness as mai is destroys 80% of erected and muguet is sold strawberry crop
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The Mai is still a popular tradition in the Dordogne also put up after elections (decorated at the top with a French flag for each elected member in a commune and the banner Honneur à nos élus); for weddings (when a bottle or two of wine may be buried with it to be drunk
at the birth of a child); for christenings and moving house. It is a good excuse for a party as friends, supporters and those who have done the work of fetching and planting the tree expect to
be rewarded for their efforts. And it is quite a feat: cutting down the tree, taking it to its new setting and then hoisting it with ropes and securing it in place. May 1 is also when people offer each other bouquets of Lily of the Valley muguet as a celebration of spring and for good luck. It is said the tradition began in 1561 when Charles IX was so delighted with receiving a bouquet himself he returned the favour by giving the flower to all the ladies in his court. Today the muguet can be a money-earner as anyone can sell it on the streets on May 1, as long as it has been picked wild in the woods. Normally such sales would be strictly regulated – but a government decree stipulates “the sale of muguet is subject to an exceptional tolerance from the authorities due to a long tradition”. Muguet thrives in the Dordogne’s limestone forests and young people grab a chance to make pocket money.
FARMERS have lost up to 80% of their crop of exclusive fraises du Périgord after the severe winter saw nearly two million plants hit by frost. May is the peak of the strawberry season but this year fraisiculteurs have lost 600 tonnes of fruit and there will be a huge drop in the number of fraises du Périgord on sale. However, the chamber of agriculture’s Flore Boyer said she did not think prices would rise as shops would bring in berries from elsewhere. “We calculated 1,800,000 plants had to be dug up because they were destroyed by the cold. It’s very hard on the fraisiculteurs because as well as losing the fruit they also have to buy new plants.” Farmers are also worried about the lack of winter rain and are praying for rain, rain and more rain this May. In April the water table was down by between 50% and 60% compared to normal years and cattle and cereal farmer, Joëlle Dubreuil, from
Corgnac-sur-l’Isle near Thiviers, says she has never seen such a long drought. “It is a catastrophe. We have 56 cows and had to keep the animals inside for far longer than usual this spring because the grass didn’t grow. That meant buying straw to feed them as we had run out of our own food stocks and hay was too expensive. “As it was we had to import some straw from Spain and, as it isn’t as nutritional as hay, we had to give the animals supplements like molasses. We just hope we get enough rain so we can grow our own crops to feed our animals.” Philippe Gordonneau, of the Chamber of Agriculture, said water supplies were worryingly low: “We really need it to rain in winter to fill the underground water reserves that supply our lakes and rivers. That didn’t happen. “One of our biggest lakes, the Lac de Mialet, has 40% less water than it should have. We are very worried. “We need a wet summer to get back to normal.”
A SPOT OF HISTORY
Galileo link in manoir tower Photo: Jebulon
NEARLY every Dordogne village has its “Mai” – the immensely tall trees stripped of their lower branches and topped with French flags and a banner with the legend “Honneur à nos élus” or “Honneur au patron”. Many are beginning to look the worse for wear after the winter but on May 1, Labour Day, there are likely to be replacements as the tradition is continued in honour of a business leader. However the mai is not only planted in May and it is thought the name comes not from the month but from the Occitan language where “lo mast”, means, not unsurprisingly, the mast, which has over the years changed to become “mai”. The tradition is peculiar to the south-west of France, but particularly popular in the Périgord, and goes back to pre-revolutionary days when a tree was planted in honour of the local lord. It was later used as a sign of victory by revolutionaries. As well as May Day it is
IN THE heart of La Roque-Gageac is a 15th-century building with a circular tower crowned by a roof of lauzes, natural rock slabs weighing almost 2cwt per sq ft. To this day, the villagers think of this Manoir de Tarde as the home of Canon Jean Tarde (1561-1636), said to be the perfect example of a Renaissance man. Canon Tarde was Vicar-General of Sarlat and was effectively in charge of the diocese because the then bishop was mostly absent. His Chroniques recounted the history of the diocese (and of the ravages locally of France’s Wars of Religion). But he was also absorbed by mathematics, history, geography and astronomy. It was he who imported the first astronomic telescope into the Périgord – perhaps even the first in France – given to him by a friend he met in Italy named Galileo! He devoted his retirement to astronomy. From that top window in the Manoir de Tarde, he used his telescope to study the phenomena we know as sunspots. Only after four years of observations did he finally publish his theories…which were
This extract is from the newly-published guide to Carsac-Aillac, latest in the series of bilingual guides to local villages produced by the Périgord Heritage association. Copies cost €5 and can be obtained from: Mairie, La Tavernerie, 24200 Carsac-Aillac.
duly dismissed by the “experts”. It was more than three centuries later, almost in our own time, that astronomers confirmed that many of his theories were spot on. As a Catholic priest, the Canon was celibate but direct descendants of his brother still have a home in La Roque-Gageac. One was Gabriel Tarde (1843-1904), formerly a juge d’instruction in Sarlat, who helped to found the science of criminology and was appointed professor at the Collège de France. His criminological work, long taught at leading universities abroad, has enjoyed a revival of interest in France in the past few decades.
Fungicide blamed at Lascaux
The bakery whose bread is absolutely 100% Dordogne by JANE HANKS
SCIENTISTS have tracked down the source of the black fungus which has been threatening the Lascaux cave paintings – fungicides used to get rid of the white fungus that first attacked the Upper Palaeolithic period works. A joint team of Spanish and French researchers examined the black marks and found they were melanin pigment and droppings from springtail insects. The fungicide Devor Mousse had been used between 2001 and 2003 to clear the white marks and led to the growth of the black fungus which fed on nitrogen and carbon residue from the ammonia it contained. Lascaux’s paintings date back 17,000 years. The cave has been shut to the public since 1963 when fungal growths were spotted. Scientists have now halted work to “clean” the cave. One, Claude Alabouvette, said “We always try to fix things with technology – and that is not always the correct solution.”
French banned for debating contest A SIX-HOUR Anglothon saw 60 Lycéé students speaking English recently as school teams battled in a debating contest at Bergerac’s Maine-de-Biran lycée. Pupils argued on topics such as Are the Olympics a Waste of Money? and Does Lycée prepare you for real life? without a word of French passing their lips.
Bypass plan for Périgueux PERIGUEUX could get a bypass to take traffic travelling between Bergerac and Limoges out of the heavily-congested town centre. A €150,000 study is to be carried out on the feasibility of the project and to see if there is sufficient traffic. Planners are looking at a 10km road from the RN21 near Sarliac to the A89 motorway near Eyliac.
€200,000 skate park to be built A NEW skate park is to be built in Bergerac’s Barrage sports complex at a cost of €200,000. There will be different modules which it is hoped will appeal to both experienced and novice skaters. Since the old skate park fell into disrepair young people have been using the town centre for practice.
Pollution check in Bergerac AN AIR quality monitoring campaign has started in Bergerac to keep track of possible pollutants. The mobile unit at Picquecailloux is in place for five weeks to check for nitrogen oxides, ozone and fine particulates from fuel burning. Results will be online in three months at www.airaq.asso.fr
Oarsman qualifies for the Olympics BERGERAC oarsman Stany Delayre, 22, has qualified for the men’s pairs rowing event at the London Olympics. The 22-year-old has rowed with Sport Nautique de Bergerac since he was 12. A spokesman said they were proud of him, a “pure product of the club”. He is its 11th member to reach the Olympics since it was formed in 1860.
Ghyslain Aubé shows some of his Dordogne bread at Fossemagne
BREAD which is 100% “Made in the Dordogne” has been launched in bakeries across the department. The bread has a certified brand “Pain du Périgord” and is made from wheat grown and milled in the Dordogne. Around 10 bakers are taking part in the initiative from the departmental federation of bakers and they joined together for the launch of the new product. One of them is Ghyslain Aubé at Fossemagne, who said: “About 75% of what I bake is now made from local flour – including baguettes, tourtes, brioche, pains aux raisins and croissants. “I was very keen to take part in the project because it cuts down on transport and so is more ecological – it shows how serious we bakers are about our art and as we’ve already got walnuts and strawberries ‘du Périgord’, why not bread as well. It’s a logical step forward.” He says his customers are pleased with the change: “I didn’t tell them at first – but some of them noticed a difference and then I explained. “The bread is different – the crumb is more open and the taste isn’t the same.
“It is a challenge for me as I’m having to learn new ways of working the flour and the dough – it is a good test of my baker’s skills. “It is also good for the profession. It shows we can be innovative and our apprentices see we have pride in what we do: that baking is a living craft.” The bakers’ federation’s Lydie Teillet said the bakers had the freedom to make what they wanted from the flour within certain guidelines: one such is that the salt content is restricted to 18g per kilo of flour. “We have worked with local farmers and two local mills – Malier and Duchez – to make sure we can produce a purely local flour and the aim is to develop the project to include as many as possible of the department’s 300 artisan bakers. “We are hoping the customer will appreciate what we are doing – and I have already had phone calls asking where people can buy Pain du Périgord.” At present the new-style bread is available in selected bakeries at Périgueux, Trélissac, Château l’Evêque, St. Front de Pradoux, Mussidan, Lalinde, CoulounieixChamiers and Fossemagne.
More police checks after 12 are killed in accidents GENDARMES are carrying out more road checks after a dramatic increase in deaths in road accidents in the first months of this year. So far in 2012 12 people have died – there were just four in the same period last year. Three people, including the popular mayor of Saint-Jory-Las-Bloux near Excideuil, were killed in one accident on the N21 at Firbeix. Mayor Rémy Bernier, a well-known figure in the Dordogne and a local councillor for Excideuil, was killed with his wife Annie. The driver of the other car in the headon collision, 27-year-old mechanic Arnaud Housset from Chalais, also died. Deputy prefect Hélène Geronimi said alcohol, speed, night driving and loss of control were all main causes of the accidents. She said that, first of all, it was up to drivers themselves to take responsibility for their actions and take extreme care when going out on the roads. Sous-préfète Hélène Geronimi and the head of the Gendarmerie in the Dordogne, Colonel Thierry Quintard, said gendarmes would be mobilised to carry out more controls for speed and alcohol on the main roads in the department. Meanwhile, a protest demonstration with around 500 motorbikes took to the streets in Périgueux in support of the pressure group Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (French Federation of Angry Motorbikers) which has called for an end to repressive policies on road safety. The FFMC acknowledges that a quarter of deaths on the road are motorbike riders, who make up just 2% of road users, but say in many cases they are not the cause of the accident, but always the victim. Instead of what they see as restrictive practices – they cite the example of getting rid of warnings for speed traps – they have drawn up a five-point plan including more education for drivers of motorbikes and cars and better street lighting at night.
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Social security deficit falls PROGRESS is being made on the problem of the social security deficit, new figures show. The good news was announced by director of the health branch of social security, Frédéric Van Roekeghem. The deficit of the branch (concerned with funding/reimbursement of healthcare) was €8.6 billion last year, down from €11.6 billion in 2010 – which is €900 million better than had been predicted. The comments contrast with the views of employers’ body Medef, which recently said the state health insurance system was “on the verge of bankruptcy”. It has urged the presidential candidates to prioritise a radical overhaul.
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tury chapel there. However, Brad’s agent, Cynthia Pett-Dante, said : “Yes, it’s confirmed. It is a promise for the future, and their kids are very happy. There’s no date set at this time.”
Efforts to keep taxes down RESIDENTIAL taxes for the coming year are being kept roughly in line with the past year, as mayors and departmental councils have reined back increases in the taxe d’habitation and taxe foncière. However, that does not mean impôts locaux are staying the same. Local taxes are levied on the theoretical potential rental value of the property, which is set at national level each year, and that has been increased by 1.8%. This means households will face a minimim 1.8% rise even where local councils have decided to maintain taxes at the 2011 level.
Soap spillage shuts motorway
WHILE Hollywood was abuzz with the news that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are to get married, it brought little reaction in the couple’s French “home town” of Correns, in the Var. Staff at the mairie knew nothing of the wedding. The couple own the Château de Miraval in the commune and there have been rumours that they were keen to tie the knot in the 16th cen-
TRAFFIC was disrupted on the A4 autoroute north-east of Paris after an HGV carrying liquid soap crashed, tipping its contents out. The accident, which involved a car, happened on April 12, between Sainte-Aulde in Seine-et-Marne and Orxois in the Aisne. The 40-tonne lorry veered into the verge and turned over, injuring the driver and dumping liquid soap tubs which broke open on the road. The motorway was closed in the Strasbourg direction, but was reopened later in the day.
Disneyland marks birthday DISNEYLAND Paris is 20 years old. With 250 million visitors since it opened in 1992, and 15.7 million last year, Europe’s top attraction is marking the date with a new night-
VISITORS to the Louvre can learn about the Old Masters with an audiovisual guide provided on Nintendo’s 3DS handheld console. The device has replaced the Paris museum’s electronic tour devices and allows visitors to see where they are at any moment on the map using the gadget’s dual screens. Through the Nintendo visitors can listen to interviews with curators and lecturers and get descriptions of more than 700 objects.
time show and a revamped parade. The park was originally known as Euro Disney, but was relaunched as Disneyland Paris in 1994 after poor hotel occupancy and takings. A second park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002. Despite high visitor numbers, the company registered a loss last year, of €56 million, despite a rise in its turnover of 5%, to €1.3 billion.
Police ‘sold off seized goods’ SENIOR police officers in Lille, Roubaix and Tourcoing are under investigation for selling seized goods to help pay the running expenses of their police stations. The head of the Direction Départementale de la Sécurité Publique du Nord, Didier Perroudon, said since 2008 police had been selling off items found after burglaries or raids and which could not be traced back to an owner. Judges had ordered the items to be destroyed. The officers had used the money to buy lightbulbs, paint for an office wall or road maps. It was thought there had been no personal gain. Three superintendents and several officers have been investigated
intercommunal body from 20002010. The commission says it “doubts these measures were in conformity with directives relating to state aid to the aviation sector.” It is also looking into €8m in grants to the CCI for the running of the facility and grants to Véolia linked to the number of Ryanair services, as well as commercial agreements made between Rynair and Véolia and reduced airport charges.
Cost of living still rising INFLATION remains high in France, according to figures from official statistics body Insee. Average consumer prices were up 0.8% in
March over a month, and 2.3% over a year. Food is up 0.7% over the month and 3.7% over the year. However, Insee noted price falls in pharmaceuticals and electrical items like IT equipment , cameras, TVs, hi-fis and telephones.
Call for French food labelling CONSUMERS have called for a new food label to be created, to highlight products that are produced in France.
Nine out of 10 said there should be a collective Label France for food products, but added they did not want to pay more for the privilege as they found food too expensive. A poll, conducted for the National Association of Food Industries (Ania), found that two thirds of customers usually chose the cheapest products. However, they said food producers deserved a fair price for products. More than two thirds of respondents “trust French food businesses to ensure product safety”.
Lifts ‘could cause death’ AROUND 15,000 French lifts could kill or injure users, according to the Fédération des Ascenseurs (FA). Urgent upgrades – such as making sure doors are safe – were supposed to have been made by the end of 2010, but 8% of lifts are still illegal, the FA says. Nonetheless the FA says accidents are down (250 last year) and, since 2000, fatal ones have been cut by two-thirds. There have been 11 deaths since 2006.
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AFTER two gangland shootings in 24 hours in Marseille, Interior Minister Claude Guéant has announced an extra 1,750 surveillance cameras across the city. The body of a 26-year-old man was found riddled with bullets in a seafront car park in the 8th arrondissement. The man was known to police for drug trafficking. Hours earlier the body of gang member Farid Tir was found in similar circumstances outside his home in the 3rd arrondissement. Guéant was speaking at the opening of a new Centre de Supervision Urbaine in Marseille which, he said, was the first stage in a project to have 1,800 cameras across the city.
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Airport under investigation THE European Commission has opened an “in-depth inquiry” into public financing at CarcassonneSalvaza airport, used by Ryanair. It wants to find out if grants made to bodies running the airport over the last decade are legal with regard to competition rules or may have favoured Ryanair. Similar enquiries are under way in Marseilles and La Rochelle. The airport was central government property until 2007 when it was transferred to the regional council. Véolia Transport took over last May. Its infrastructure benefited from €11 million from the region, department, town and
Fuel sales fall as prices rise PETROL prices have hit a new record, with SP95 averaging €1.6664 a litre across France. As prices have continued to rise since the end of 2011, however, fuel sales tumbled 3.5% in the year to March. Petrol prices in some Paris stations have been above €2
for several months. Diesel, the most common fuel in France with 80% of consumption, has also seen its average price rise after a modest fall last week. It now costs €1.4362 a litre, up from €1.4347 last week, but still far short of the mid-March record of €1.4584. Only the higher-octane SP98 petrol saw a fall in price: from its record of €1.7121 last week to €1.7095
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Pupils excel as results of bac unveiled SCHOOLS in Aquitaine have maintained their better-than-average baccalauréat results, new figures show. In all, 29,687 pupils sat their bac in 2011 in the Académie of Bordeaux and 88.1% passed, up from 87% in 2010. This compares with an average of 86% across the rest of France, up from 85.8% in 2010. Just two académies did better in overall results. Nantes had a pass rate of 91.1% (up from 90.3% in 2010) and Grenoble maintained its pass rate from last year of 90.4%. Aquitaine also did well in the bac général, with a pass rate of 89.1% (up from 87.5%) compared with 88.5% (up from 87.4%) in the rest of France. Top was Strasbourg with 92.9% (up from 91.8%) and bottom was Créteil with 83.5% (up from 81.3% last year). For the bac technologique the rate was also promising: 86.2% (up from 84.1%) compared with 82.8% (up from 81.9%) across France. The only académies with better results were Grenoble (86.4%), Nantes (88.7%) and Rennes (87.1%). Toulouse scored the same. In line with the rest of the country, results for the bac professionnel fell: the pass rate was 87.7% (down from 88.8%) with 84.1% (down from 86.5%) across France. In this section, only Caen (88.4%), Grenoble (89.9%), Nantes (90.5%) and Rennes (88%) did better.
Occitan wins some support OCCITAN is still widely spoken in the Dordogne, say activists who are calling for it and other regional tongues such as Breton and Basque to be recognised under the European Charter on National and Minority Languages. Thousands of people turned out at a demonstration in Bayonne to show support for regional languages and to demand that the government ratify the charter, which has been stalled for a number of years as it is against the French constitution, which states the only official language is French. President Sarkozy and National Front leader Marine Le Pen have both said they will not ratify the charter, but socialist François Hollande, Green Eva Joly and centrist François Bayou are in favour. Signing the charter would not make the languages official, but would open the way towards financial grants to help preserve this element of France’s cultural heritage. Occitan is widely spoken across the south of France and gave Languedoc-Roussillon its name: the language of Oc (la langue d’Oc – Oc means yes in Occitan). Estimates vary from 500,000 who use it regularly to 12 million who know a smattering of phrases.
Police hunt arsonist as fires close main road POLICE are investigating after two separate forest fires destroyed more than 170 acres of woodland and cut the RN21 main road from Bergerac to Périgueux. Blazing vegetation at the side of the road forced firefighters to halt all traffic as they tried to stop the flames crossing towards a residential farming area. Resident Barbara Cohen, whose house only just escaped the fire, said she was really scared. “I’d seen the fire when I went to get my bread at midday in PontSaint-Mamet but I didn’t for one minute think it would get to my house. But just an hour later it was 50 metres away. “It was incredible – black and you could see the flames. “The fire brigade came and managed to prevent it crossing the road to my property. They stayed all night. The burnt woodland looks terrible - grey and sad.” The outbreaks came as the department was put on alert for forest fires due to lack of rain over the winter and the very dry and flammable undergrowth. Local Pompiers had already been called out to 122 fires this spring – a rise of 20% compared to the same period last year – and a spotter plane was used to check for suspicious smoke or flames. The first of the two major fires
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Firefighters had to stop the flames jumping the RN21 to reach houses broke out on a Saturday afternoon near the commune of Maurens. It destroyed 70 acres of forest and needed around 60 firefighters with the help of water-bomber aircraft. Then the day after, another larger fire was reported just around 15km away on the hillside between Douville, Campsegret and Montagnac-la-Crempse.
More than 120 pompiers were needed to fight the outbreak, with reinforcements called in from the Lot-and-Garonne and Gironde. Two Tracker aircraft from Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield dropped fire-retardant powder on the fire – which was in difficult to access areas. Suspicions that the fire may be arson arose as it seemed to have
started in three separate areas. The Préfecture called on residents to be vigilant and issued a reminder that any fire (bonfire, barbecue etc.) is forbidden in wooded areas and a 200m zone near them until May 15. The penalty is a fine up to €750; €3,750 and six months’ jail if a fire starts – and double if you do not act to put out the fire.
100-year-old Big Wheel sets up
Big Wheel is a star turn at Le Bournat village
A BIG WHEEL which is more than 100 years old is to be a major attraction at the popular Le Bournat village tribute to Dordogne rural life. The village, at Le Bugue, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has installed the fairground ride at its site in celebration. The 20m high Big Wheel dates from the Great Exhibition of 1900 in Paris where it was offered to the city by the US. It has 16 seats which can each take two adults or three children. It is the star attraction at the village, which is an authentic reproduction of a Dordogne village from the turn of the century. The Big Wheel was renovated to contemporary safety standards after being discovered in a barn near the German border. The
work took three years and involved replacing all the woodwork with teak and sandblasting and galvanising all the metalwork to protect it from the elements. Le Bournat director Laurent Delbos says the Big Wheel is a key attraction at the site. He said that even although it is so old it still gives a thrill “sitting on the bench, held in only by a bar, with your legs floating in space, you get all the sensations of being high in the air”. The Village of Le Bournat was created by a Parisian businessman, Paul-Jean Souriau. He and a friend, engineer and architect Gérard Bazin, designed the village to show 1900s life and it opened in 1992. The Big Wheel joins a collection of other fairground attractions of the time.
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May 5 The Phoenix Book Sale, 10.00-15.00, Salle Municipale – This is the biggest Anglo-French charity event in the south of France, attracting visitors from as far away as Marseille and Orléans. More than 15,000 well sorted English books, CDs, DVDs, refreshments and home-made cakes will be up for grabs, and all at a price of just €1! It will be money well spent; all of it will be used by the Phoenix Association, set up in 2001 by Sheelagh and Richard Johnson to rescue, foster and re-home dogs, cats, horses and in fact all animals in dire need.There will also be a tombola, so have fun, do good and grab a bargain all at the same time. www.phoenixasso.com
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May 12 Les Floralies Saint-Jean-de-Côle – Every year, for 30 years, St-Jean-de-Côle has organised a flower festival. It is now one of the most well-known flower festivals in the area and welcomes thousands of visitors every year.The pretty little streets, alleys and squares of this town are decorated with beautiful arrangements of flowers and local produce by more than 100 exhibitors.The 11th century church is also decorated, but the heart of the festival is the chateau, where the basement rooms are transformed by a talented local florist according to the theme for the year – this year it’s L’Amour des Jardins, or The Love of Gardens.The village of St-Jean-de-Côle claims to be the most beautiful village in France, so don’t miss this chance to see it at its finest.You can also stock up with everything you need for your own garden, with tradesmen offering a huge variety of plants and garden decorations. Entry is €4, €2 for concessions, and free for under 14s, village residents, and ladies named after flowers! www.ville-saint-jean-de-cole.fr www.floralies-saintjean.fr
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Pick of the rest in the Dordogne May 27 Fête des Bâtons – As part of the Printemps des Bastides festival, the village of Saint-Laurent-des-Bâtons is hosting a day full of fun and activities all based around the bâton or stick! Throughout the day travel back in time and to different countries such as Switzerland and Spain to discover the different uses and forms of the simple stick.The day starts with a ramble around the hiking path of the area, then at 10.00 woodworking artisans and artists will demonstrate their skills. Also throughout the day will be archery demonstrations, acrobats, cane combat demonstrations, traditional wooden games, competitions and aperitifs and food.The day of festivities ends with a traditional Occitan live group. For more information visit www.fete-des-batons.com
PÉRIGORD POURPRE, Bergerac Area, FAMILY May 31-June 4 Foire de Bergerac – Bergerac annual trade fair has had a complete overhaul this year. It is now free for all visitors and will stay open late on three of the five days. There will be many activities, including a fête with music and food. At the time of going to press the program was still being finalised. For more information Call 05 53 03 31 61 or visit www.foire-bergerac.com PÉRIGORD POURPRE, Bergerac Area, MUSIC May 9-13 Jazz Pourpre – Bergerac rings to the sound of blue notes during this annual festival. Gigs take place at selected venues across town including a specially erected big-top at Place Gambetta. For a programme of events go to www.jazzpourpre.com PÉRIGORD POURPRE, Queyssac, DANCE May 25, 26, 27 Argentinian Tango Festival – The pretty village of Queyssac invites everyone to their second tango festival for three days of dancing, demonstrations, lessons, open air milongas and much more. For the full program Call 06 25 48 36 87 or visit www.tangoaqui.com PÉRIGORD BLANC, Périgueux, MUSIC May 24 Tribute to Nirvana - Twelve local groups take to the
stage to pay tribute to Nirvana. Each group will play between one to three songs, some staying faithful to the original songs while others will play their own take on them. An evening full of atmosphere and nostalgia at the Sans Reserve, 192 Route d'Angoulême. Call 05 53 06 12 73 or visit www.sans-reserve.org PÉRIGORD VERT, La-Coquille, ART All month Sur les chemins de Saint-Jacques.The Dordogne is crossed by the pilgrim routes known as Les Chemins de Saint Jaques de Compostelle. Both routes and pilgrims can be recognised by the scallop shells either embedded in the ground or worn. Shell in French is La Coquille so it is quite apt that such an exhibition should take place there.This exhibition allows you to discover these routes and the heritage they have brought to the region. Point Information La Coquille Call 05 53 55 23 62 PÉRIGORD VERT, Négrondes May 27 Spare parts fair, 08.00-18.00 – If you need some spare parts for your car, motorbike or bicycle then go along to Négronde to hunt out the piece you need.Vintage cars will also be on display. Call 05 53 55 12 50
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May 12 Nuit des Cathédrales, Saint Front Cathedral – This the first time the cathedral has taken part in the European event, Night of the Cathedrals. Cathedrals all over the country will open their doors for an evening of cultural and spiritual events. During the evening in Périgueux there will be an organ concert, a talk about the cathedral’s architecture, a conference about the mysteries of the cathedral and singing by the Ensemble Vocal de Périgueux. Call 05 53 06 48 10 or visit www.nuit-des-cathedrales.org
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May 12 Féstival de la Vallée – Created by La Fabrique cultural centre in Saint-Astier in 1994 the festival has gone from strength to strength ever since.Working alongside the Ligue de l'Enseignement and various other partners, every year the festival is organised around a theme which influences the choice of shows that come from all corners of France and even Europe, the menus and village decorations. For one month, life in the valley of the Isle revolves around the festival. It is a place where locals are not only spectators but also actors, thanks to their creative involvement in the decorations and some shows.Travelling from village to village, it offers something different in each place. This year it starts on May 16 in Neuvic then follows on with May 17 - Saint-Astier, May 19 Saint Aquilin, June 1 - Saint-Léon-sur-L’Isle, June 2 - Chantérac, June 8 - Saint-Germain-du-Salembre and the grand finale will be in Saint-Astier on June 9. For more information and details of each event visit www.lavallee.info
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May 26-27 Festival BriKaBrak - This festival was started by a group of people who realised that people living in rural areas didn’t have much choice in terms of quality cultural events.They got together to try and offer events all year round ,with the highlight being a festival once a year.The festival tries to promote local artists and is run entirely by volunteers. This year sees musicians, jugglers, cabaret and an aerial circus amongst some of the acts. Prices are €10 and €5 for the under 12. Day passes can also be bought. Visit www.festival-brikabrak.fr
May 12 - 13 Artistic walk around the medieval village – With each step, stop at a different door and between each door discover a different artist and their universe. A walk full of surprises. Saturday, 14.00-18.30 followed by a musical aperitif, meal, concert and torch lit show. Sunday walk 15.00-18.00. Call 05 53 29 51 21
Sarlat FAMILY May 1 - 13 Festival Arts en Folie. Sarlat’s streets will come alive with street shows for the annual arts festival. Alongside these shows will be exhibitions, concerts and workshops in all corners of the town. Open to all and free for the majority of events this is a major event on Sarlat’s calendar.Visit: www.sarlat-tourisme.com
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All month Arthur, the 4D Adventure, Futuroscope – Turn into a Minimoy and help save Arthur in this attraction at Futuroscope, which has just received the TEA award for Outstanding achievement in the “Best Attractions” category.This is the first attraction in France to win the coveted award - a great way to mark Futuroscope’s 25th birthday! The attraction, created by film director Luc Besson and based on the Arthur and the Minimoys trilogy, is the park’s most popular show, combining a 3D animated film, a motion simulator and multi-sensory physical effects. For a great family day out, it’s worth travelling a bit further afield, and there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained at Futuroscope. See the website for details of attractions, opening times, prices, and great short break offers. en.futuroscope.com
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IF YOU have a young baby it is not always easy to meet other young families, as there are fewer mother- baby groups than in the UK. But a walking group has been set up near Sarlat for families with young babies. It was the idea of a mother who moved into the area and wanted to go out with her baby girl, 19-month-old Juline, but did not want to go on her own. Amelie-Ann Fumat already belonged to the group for mothers and babies Voie Lactée, so set up her new initiative as a sub-group. She has been amazed by the response: She said: “I think there are a lot of mothers who are alone and bored at home, and who want to get out and do something. Normally about 10 of us go out at a time.” She tries to organise about three outings a month. If you want to join in, you can contact her via a Facebook page Rando-portage-poussette or by email: aafumat@gmailcom or call 06 46 86 25 91.
You will have to join the association Voie Lactee to be part of the walking group. This association organises workshops about breast-feeding, carrying your baby in a sling and massage. It meets every other Monday at 9.30 to 12.30 in the Salle Joséphine Baker at Le Columbier in Sarlat. It costs €20 to join for the year. There are also centres where parents, grandparents or carers can meet with their babies. In Sarlat, 1,2,3 Soleil is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. Call 05 53 30 29 81. At Bergerac, Les Petits Cailloux in the rue des Conferences in the old town is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. It costs 20 cents. No need to sign up. Just come along. Tel. no: 05 53 61 66 72. At Thiviers, Ribambelle is open from 9.30 to 12.00 every Friday during the school term, call l 05 55 15 55. At Brantome Boucle d’Or is open on Fridays during term time from 9.00 to 12.00, call 05 53 05 71 17.
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Fly high at funfair FAMILY
Until June 3 – The Foire du Trône is a massive late spring funfair on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes, with rides galore, including a giant ferris wheel and all the usual stalls. A flat-rate pass (€29.99) buys access to the 10 big rides and other discounts. Open daily from 12.00 to midnight (1.00 on Saturdays). Metro Liberté (line 8) or 87 bus from Gare de Lyon. foiredutrone.com
French take on top Broadway puppet show Until May 27 – Sesame Street meets South Park in this musical comedy, which sees human actors performing and singing alongside puppets. The French interpretation is based on the phenomenally successful Broadway and West End shows and runs until the end of this month.Théâtre Bobino, Rue de la Gaîté (14e). Metro Gaîté (13) or Edgar-Quinet (6). €27 to €80. www.avenueq.fr
Art events opened Suburban swing at Rare exposure for Degas nude works May 11-14 – The edgy, working class eastern Paris district of Belleville (pictured) hosts its annual artists’ open house event, offering the chance of a glimpse into the lives and work of local artists. More than 200 artists work in the free event, daily from 14.00 to 21.00, with studio tours, discussions and other activities. All mediums are represented, including painting, sculpture, street art, photography and video for the expected 50,000 visitors. www.ateliers-artistes-belleville.org
Versailles jazz fest
May 9-15 – Less than half an hour on the train from the centre of Paris, Versailles will host more than a dozen concerts, in a wide range of venues from restaurants to the town’s main market square, featuring established and up-and-coming French jazz, soul and choral performers. Some concerts are free, others range from €13 to €31. www.versaillesjazzfestival.eu
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May 22 to June 10 – The best tennis players in the world will compete through seven gruelling rounds for the French Open title over a fortnight, and almost half a million fans are expected to flock to Roland Garros stadium on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne to cheer them along. Spanish star Rafael Nadal (pictured) was last year’s champion in the men’s tournament, and Na Li from China picked up the women’s singles trophy. Tickets range from €17 to €169 depending on your choice of days and courts. Metro Michel-Ange Auteuil or Michel-Ange Molitor (line 9), or Porte d’Auteuil (10).
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EXHIBITION Until June 17 – Since Australian photographer Helmut Newton’s death in 2004, there has been no retrospective of his work in France, even though he did much of his work here, particularly for the French edition of Vogue. A new exhibition at the beautiful Grand Palais aims to fix that – and show that Newton was much more than just a fashion photographer. Bringing together more than 200 of his provocative photographs, mostly original or vintage prints made under Newton’s supervision, the exhibition also includes press records, and a film made by his wife, June. Open daily, 10.00-22.00, except Tuesdays and May 1. Open late on May 19 for the Nuit des Musées. Grand Palais, Metro Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (1, 13) €11, concessions €8. www.rmngp.fr
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Until July 1 – The Musée d’Orsay hosts the first major French retrospective of Edgar Degas’ work in almost a quarter of a century. Organised in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, it focuses on the artist’s depictions of nude models throughout the course of his long career. It features several works that rarely see the light of day because of preservation issues. Open daily, 9.30-18.00, late night on Thursdays, closed Mondays and May 1. Metro Musée d’Orsay (RER C) or Solférino (12). €9, concessions €6.50. www.musee-orsay.fr
Glorious golf courses that w With hundreds of golf courses in France of all shapes, sizes and for all abilities, how do you know where to start? RAY CLANCY shares some tips on picking the right course, and the right gear to accompany your golfing trip WITH its varied landscape and topography, France is ideal golfing country and today there are more than 550 golf courses which cater for everyone from beginners to advanced. Such a variety means, however, that you need to choose your course carefully to get the best of a day’s golf, as the terrain can vary widely. By the sea in Normandy there are links courses (which are quite exposed) and inland in the Dordogne, for example, you can find courses with wooded areas and more protection from the wind. One of the most vital considerations for many golfers in France is the 19th hole. Indeed, former French professional golf champion Daniel Lefèvre reckons it is one of the most important points to consider when trying a new course or when going on holiday. “It is always agreeable to try out and enjoy the restaurant and bar facilities in the clubhouse. If you are on holiday it also gives you the chance to try some local specialities,” he says. “I also recommend looking at the culture and history of a course. It can be an opportunity for golfers and their families to discover a new area.” Some golf courses are famous for their food. An example is the Château des Vigiers near Bergerac in the Dordogne. There is a formal restaurant, a brasserie and a club bar which also serves snacks. The château dates
Golf gear fashion: the new black WHEN it comes to fashion on the golf course, black is the colour for 2012 – not just graphite shafts and driver crowns but, increasingly, clubfaces to match. Of course, black, gunmetal and other dusky finishes are not new, but what started out with a few anti-glare wedges has turned into a fully fledged fashion statement available as standard this season. Most bigger clubs have their own shops with the very latest gear.
Demand for French family breaks remains strong Final 2011 sales figures from The Hoseasons Group reveal bookings for France finished at three times the volume they were 10 years ago. ACCORDING to those 2011 sales, Brittany, Normandy and the Dordogne are the most popular regions for UK holidaymakers; with families, by a ratio of 3:1, the biggest fans. And it is therefore no surprise to learn that three per cent of breaks included a pet, and longer durations of 14 nights+ accounted for 40% of all bookings. The final statistics also show that UK holidaymakers to France don't plan too far ahead with 36 per cent of them making a booking within three months of arrival at their chosen holiday property. France has been a popular choice for British family holidays for gener-
ations due to its accessibility, alluring culture, world beating wines and sublime food. And a self-catering holiday in France still represents great value for holidaymakers as well as fantastic opportunity for holiday home owners. Simon Law, VP Property at The Hoseasons Group, commented: "Our booking figures for renowned brands like cottages4you and French Country Cottages clearly show that France continues to be one of the most popular European destinations, particularly with our database of holidaymakers which is one of the largest in the industry.
"For property owners, these figures underline the importance of choosing the right partner to market your holiday home and our owners are secure from the start knowing that they are working with a British holiday letting agency that is fully licenced and bonded to operate in France. "In addition, owners have access to a full agency service from our Head Office on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales as well as support from a team of 15 bilingual regional managers based across France. And of course, superb marketing underwritten by a group budget of
£27million is what drives the allimportant bookings". Gerald and Victoire de Maleville are a great example of owners working very successfully with the Hoseasons Group. In 2010, they secured 34 weeks of bookings and in 2011 sales were up by as much as 18 per cent. Husband and wife team Gerald and Victoire started renting out holiday cottages as a way to restore some of the beautiful buildings inherited from Gerald's parents and for him, the properties have become a business. In 2007 he decided to take a three year break from his job as commercial development director at Moet and Chandon to concentrate on the renovation project and has big plans for self-catering in the
Dordogne. Gerald was the architect behind the renovations and personally oversaw the building work, whilst his wife Victoire, who has an excellent eye for colour and design, took care of the decoration and furnishings as well as adding the final touches to ensure perfection. To date, the couple have renovated four properties within the Sarlat area of the Dordogne and each has been beautifully restored, combining classic architectural features with modern fittings and quality furnishings. Gerald said: "The general standard of the properties has to be high for today's holidaymaker. They are looking for a home from home, with the facilities they would expect in their own residence. We take great
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Tech tips: best golf gadgets THE MOST novel introduction in equipment, according to Golf Today, Europe’s leading online golf resource, is the Adams Speedline 9064LS where the shaft length can be varied by sliding different-sized metal spacers into the hosel section and compensating for the change in swing weight by switching a colour-coded sole screw. It claims to give an ideal trade-off between the speed advantages of a longer shaft and the control benefits of a shorter one. NEW technology is fast-moving in the golf world and GPS technology in particular has reached a new level for 2012. New gadgets give detailed green mapping features offering distance to mid-green ridges and they come pre-programmed with tens of thousands of courses, with all data revisions and software upgrades downloadable free of charge. OTHER glamorous gadgets include the Insight iTrainer, a box that clips onto the shaft of your club and delivers instant analysis on swing shape and club face angle as well as various dynamic data. Then to get in trim there is golf ’s answer to the treadmill, a pulley based home exercise unit for developing swing strength.
This beautiful course on the outskirts of Biarritz in the Basque country provides stunning views – but if you are a first-timer and want something less exposed and more easygoing, try an inland course in a wooded area which will offer more protection from the elements
back to 1597 and it offers gourmet golf packages with spa facilities. The golf course is suitable for beginners and advanced players. In the busy summer months, booking in advance is essential and it is worth checking to see if certain days of the week are members only. Mr Lefèvre also recommends choosing a course according to your style of play. He says: “There is no point in picking a wooded course if you don’t like trees around the fairways and likewise a links course can be too flat and windy for some players.” He adds that it is also worth considering the distance to get to the golf course and the difficulty level. “For beginners I recommend a good nine-hole course or one of the easier 18-hole courses without lots of trees and water. The aim should be to enjoy your day,” he explains. For example, Saint Laurent in Brittany, which has hosted both the French professional championship and the National Open, has fairways that weave through an oak and pine forest, but the trees are well spaced and offer protection from the wind. It has been named as one of the nation’s top 40 courses and is suited to players of all standards. There is a nine-hole course as well. Both Normandy and Brittany have some spectacular courses and some much soughtafter clubhouses. Golf d’Omaha Beach is on the shore close to one of the famous D-Day landing beaches of the Second World War. It is popular with Americans, as is Cicé-Blossac in Brittany where the greens and tees are built
For beginners I recommend a good nine-hole course or one of the easier 18-hole courses without lots of trees and water. The aim should be to enjoy your day Daniel Lefèvre
French professional golf champion upon sand so are very fast draining and therefore playable throughout the year. One of the most chic is the Golf Barrière de Deauville, while Champ de Bataille is regarded as one of Normandy’s best. For beautiful views it is hard not to beat Golf d’Etretat on the North coast of Normandy, which looks over the famous cliffs. A lot of golf courses in France are more environmentally friendly in terms of using recycled water for the greens but also in terms of protecting local flora and fauna. Courses have been sympathetically developed to make the most of the spectacular natural surroundings and you are just as likely to see an ancient standing stone on the golf course as off it.
Sun, fun and good exercise BOB KNIGHT has been playing golf in France for about 20 years.He says it is a great sport. “It is a great leveler, because it is the only sport where men and women can compete on equal terms and where a grandfather can give his grandson a good Golfer Bob Knight game.” He says the South West of France is possibly the best place to play in Europe. “We have such a good climate. What could be better than being in the open air for five hours, with people you like and doing an activity you enjoy? “The social life is also very important, especially for the senior members, who have more time, and less stress. It is the perfect way to keep healthy.” Golf has a reputation for being expensive, but Bob says it’s not if you are a regular player. “At first you do have to put money up front for equipment, but you can get all of that locally in Decathlon stores with the same quality you find in the UK. You then have to pay to join the club, but if you play a lot, it’s not expensive. You can easily play twice a week – about a hundred times in a year – and then it’s just as cheap, as say doing an aqua gym class.” He says you can start at any age. “My mother took up golf when she was 50 and went on to get holes in one and was the captain of her club. You do need an eye for the ball, and I think it’s a good idea to have a few lessons, but if you have the motivation you will succeed." There are plenty of clubs in the region. There are seven in the Dordogne and Bob plays at the Souillac Country Club just over the border in the Lot. This year, you can discover all 7 golf clubs in the Department with a free “Golf Pass Dordogne” which gives you up to 30% off the green fees of the participating clubs. It is valid for two months and for two visits to each club. Get one at the clubs or apply online at www.golf-dordogne-perigord.com The seven clubs in the Dordogne are: Golf des Vigiers 27 hole - 05 53 61 50 33 Golf de la Marterie 18 hole - 05 53 05 61 00 Golf de Lolivarie 18 hole - 05 53 30 22 69 Golf de Perigueux 18 hole - 05 53 53 02 35 Golf des Merles 9 hole - 05 53 63 13 42 Golf d’Essendieras 9 hole - 05 53 55 34 34 Golf de la Forge 9 hole - 05 53 31 99 76 The Souillac Country Club is not included in the Golf Pass because it is in the Lot. It is 18 hole - 05 65 27 56 00.
NG FEATURE pride in making sure we fit the best quality bathrooms, kitchens and decorate the properties to be modern, comfortable and welcoming, whilst retaining the relaxing atmosphere and traditional features of these wonderful buildings. Victoire added: "The Dordogne has good summer weather and offers holidaymakers many activities. As Francophiles will know, there are lots of historical places to visit nearby including the medieval city of Sarlat with its famous twiceweekly market, many ancient châteaux including Castelnaud, Beynac and the ancient town of Domme known as the 'Acropolis of the Dordogne' with its quaint streets, boutiques and restaurants. There are also lots of places for walking and cycling but it is especially good fun to hire a canoe at nearby Vitrac and drift gently down the river stopping off at one of the
many pebble beaches to enjoy a lazy picnic or to swim in the Dordogne’s clear and unpolluted waters. "We chose French Country Cottages when they were recommended to us by a satisfied owner. The Dordogne is very popular with English visitors, so it seemed sensible to choose a company that could market our properties to such a wide audience and secure bookings on our behalf. We've had some great photography taken to show the properties at their best both online and through the brochures, which are great for getting our properties seen by thousands of potential customers." Simon continued, "Like Gerald and Victoire, those who travel to the country regularly or who already own a property there are always so passionate about what it has to offer and we are actively encouraging Francophiles to share their experi-
ences via the France Fan Club blog. Launched in February 2012, we hope this will provide a forum for fans of France to exchange tips and share their fondest family holiday memories, inspiring more families to enjoy all that France has to offer." With a major property recruitment programme underway, the 2012 portfolio is the strongest yet, carefully selected by a skilled team of holiday letting specialists. Property owners considering letting their holiday home can find more information at www.rentmycottage.com or www.je-loue-ma-maison.com; if you prefer to call then dial (+ 44) (0) 1282 845541 and ask for either David or James who will be happy to chat through your options in either English or French! To get involved in the France Fan Club, simply send your tips and memories to email@example.com
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HAVE you ever noticed how some words simply do not translate? It is especially common with words which do not have any exact equivalent in the other language. When this happens, the foreign word is often simply absorbed, like sushi or bungalow, which have become part of standard English. Something similar has happened with charcuterie – there is not an obvious translation. Some dictionaries suggest “pork butcher”, or even delicatessen, a word imported from the German. But these hardly do the word justice, and to really understand what the word charcuterie means we have to dig a little bit into its history. Its roots are to be found in the old French chair cuite, which translates as “cooked meat”, and this points to the first distinction between the charcutier and the boucher, who, of course, sells raw meat. It is the skill and artistry of the charcutier which produces the astonishing range of cooked, salted and dried meats,
mostly derived from pork, and which include such delicacies as pâté, rillette, and sausages of every type imaginable. This whole trade was based upon the requirements of food hygiene, in the days long before the invention of commercial refrigeration, since pork is a meat which spoils very quickly after slaughter. To avoid cross-contamination between the slaughterhouses, butcheries, charcuteries and fisheries, they were all physically separated in France during the Middle Ages, in a move which the charcutiers resisted fiercely at the time, since they lost control of the slaughter and supply of their own raw materials. But in the long term, this added competition led them to fight for survival, and the vigour of the present market is in no small measure the result of their success.
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1 A MAN in Pérols, Languedoc, is suing fast-food giant KFC after finding what item in his Tower chicken burger?
7 THE DOG star of which French film has been given a special invite to the White House for a dinner with President Obama?
2 HOW many candidates were there in the first round of the French presidential elections?
8 ACCORDING to a recent survey by recruitment firm Apec, which is the best region in France to live in?
3 WHAT French vegetable has been at the centre of a price fixing scandal? 4 WHICH well-known French actor has agreed to play Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a movie – but only because he does not like him?
9 WHAT French product are farmers in the Hérault feeding their cows in a bid to make them happier, and their meat more of a delicacy?
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Rich nutty grains that make a lovely loaf
Quick spelt bread
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After winning the first BBC MasterChef in 1990, JOAN BUNTING was soon writing a food column and doing local radio for the BBC. Now she has retired and moved permanently to her home in France, but she is still keen to tell readers about good food
This bread keeps well for 2-3 days and is delicious with cheese or toasted. It is suitable for some wheat-intolerant people INGREDIENTS 750g épeautre flour 1 packet easy blend yeast (lévure de boulanger – found in the same section as flour etc in small sachets)
ate soft brown bread with a nutty flavour and texture quite unlike any I had tasted in France. Chef told us that he had made it with épeautre flour. Now that I knew what to look for, épeautre grains and flour popped up all over the place: supermarkets, markets and specialist épiceries. I still assumed it was exclusively Provençal. But a couple of years later, in the UK, the link was made. I was sent a sample of flour, produced from an ancient grain called spelt. As chance would have it, I had that morning also discovered an English reference to épeautre. Over the years, the rise in popularity of organic (bio) and whole foods has seen the availability of spelt/épeautre grain and flour in many health-food shops and supermarkets throughout France and the UK.
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ON THE high plateau, below Mont Ventoux, the Romans left a legacy every bit as interesting as their architecture – spelt grains that supplied the flour thought to have been the original ingredient of macaroni. The Romans knew that on thin, stony soils in a savage climate a variety of wheat called triticum spelta flourishes far better than other grains, and the first written reference dates back to 301AD. Many years ago, we had hare civet accompanied by what I thought was brown rice. The grains were deliciously nutty and chewy, a perfect foil for the rich meat. Madame explained it was épeautre, a traditional grain grown on the plateau and used in Provençal cooking centuries before rice was grown in the Camargue. In another restaurant, we
2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp salt 500ml warm water
METHOD Mix the flour with the salt and yeast, then stir in the oil. Add water to make a firm, but not too stiff dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Return to an oiled bowl, cover and leave in a warm place to double in size. Knead briefly again then
divide into two pieces and form into cigar shapes or put it into a loaf tin. Either slash the top or sprinkle with some crushed grains. Cover again and leave to prove and set the oven to 220°C When doubled in size, bake the loaves in the pre-heated oven until they sound hollow when tapped on the base.
WHICH WINE SHOULD I DRINK WITH THIS? The nutty taste of épeautre goes well with red wines. Or, if you are enjoying it with cheese, try a Sauternes (white)
Helpful tips to ward off harmful ticks
THE PET care industry in France is worth an eye-watering €125m each year. Much of this is spent during the spring and summer seasons, when the annual pet budget is taken up with the preventative treatment of fleas and ticks. Ticks (tiques) are one of the major hazards for pet owners who live in the French countryside or close to rural areas. They are small parasites that feed off other animals’ blood. Disease can be transmitted through the blood from the bite of an infected tick – therefore it is prudent to use preventive treatment against them. The onset of tick fever can be rapid and often prove fatal for your pet. Symptoms include fever, blood in the urine, weight loss, lethargy
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You should discuss the most appropriate form of treatment with a vet remove the tick by the head. Be warned: try not to crush the body or leave any parts embedded within your animal’s skin as it is these areas that can carry the disease. After removal, clean the area with an alcohol solution. There are various preventative treatments on the market for sale in supermarkets and online, and prices vary enormously. While it is tempting to buy the cheapest products, it is sensible to discuss with your vet
the most appropriate treatment for your pet, according to where you live and local outbreaks of disease. Direct application products such as Frontline and Advantix need to be used every month. Tick and flea collars are another option, but may not be appropriate for use in conjunction with certain other treatments, so consult your vet first. Check your pet’s weight so you know to use the exact strength of drugs too.
Another nuisance comes from fleas (puces). There are almost 2,000 species of them, and unfortunately one of the biggest disadvantages in having pets is the fact that they are an ideal breeding ground for them. If you are not vigilant, within days, you could be host to a full-blown flea infestation. If your pet is scratching or you notice flea bites on your arms and legs after being in contact with your animal then you need to treat them immediately. You can get rid of fleas temporarily with a flea comb – drown the fleas captured within the comb by ensuring you have an adjacent bowl of hot soapy water. Unfortunately, combing out fleas is a temporary measure. The advice on preventative products for ticks is also relevant for fleas. If your infected pet is in contact with your home furnishings you will need to treat these too. Conventional products are available from homeware (bricolage) stores. However, once a flea infestation in your home is under control, it might take a couple more treatments to kill the remaining fleas and those that go on to hatch.
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Machinery company launches hire service Whether you want a new driveway or to landscape your garden, you can hire the equipment you need from Maxima Five years ago April and Max Higginson set up SARL Maxima with just one machine for sale. The company grew little by little and today employs five members of staff. While this family-run business is renowned for the sale of its high quality plant and machinery equipment, such as hydraulic hammers, augers, undercarriage parts, pins and bushes, buckets and tracks, last year it launched a range of hire machines and accessories which is proving to be very popular with both French- and English-speaking customers. “By using our hire service, customers can do the job they need doing in their own time and in their own way,” said Max. “Anything to do with groundworks
is so very expensive in France that a lot of money can be saved by doing the work yourself.” It is the quality of the machinery, its availability and the company’s advice service that makes it stand out head and shoulders above the competition. “Our customers say that we are prepared to go the extra mile and it’s true,” said Max. “If someone hasn’t used a particular machine before we’re happy to take the time to ensure customers have the right equipment and are confident operating it.” Between them the Maxima team speak English, French, Polish and German, so are able to help a wide range of customers. The fleet of hire machines
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Nursery offers impressive plant selection From bamboos to hardy succulents, the Pépinière du Lac des Joncs is renowned for its diverse range of plants WILLY De Wilde has been running the Pépinière du Lac des Joncs, at Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin between Perigueux and Sarlat, since 2004. Since then the business has gone from strength to strength. It offers a large variety of unusual perennial plants, all of which have been cultivated in the company’s nursery, and so are fully adapted to the local climate. It is the wide choice of plants and tremendous experience and advice offered by Willy that keeps bringing customers back for more. “We see a lot of repeat business and gain new customers regularly through word of mouth,” said Willy.
“Our customers are a wide variety of nationalities, including English, French, Dutch and German.” The nursery offers over 350 species of plants and varieties of ornamental grasses, as well as 120 bamboos, 150 hemerocallis, 200 hardy succulents, 60 hederas and 50 hostas, as well as aquatic plants and a substantial selection of other perennials. “All our plants have been studied in natural conditions, enabling us to provide our customers with detailed information on their needs and requirements,” said Willy. “Whatever the nature of the project you may have in mind, we
can advise you on your choice of plants and how to highlight their unique aspects in combination with others.” Willy often attends local and national plant shows. In May some of the events he will be attending include: Printanière de la Brande à Fouleix in the Dordogne on 5 May, the Fête du Sambucus à Saucats in the Gironde on 6 May, the Fête des plantes d’Abbay-Nouvelle in the Lot on 20 May and the Fête des plantes de St Nicolas de La Grave in the Tarn-etGaronne on 27 May. “I am planning to attend many shows in May, June and throughout the autumn,” added Willy. The nursery is open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm. However, as Willy attends many events it is advisable to make contact before visiting. For more information visit the company’s website, call or send an email.
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Bathroom business expands into kitchens Kitchens and Bathrooms in France will help you find your dream bathroom or kitchen at affordable prices SALON2BAINS, (Kitchens and Bathrooms in France), the highly successful bathroom retailer, is expanding into the world of kitchens to supply quality British kitchens at affordable British prices. Following the opening of the 300m2 showroom in Périgueux two years ago, and now with a team of seven, this recent expansion was inevitable. “We have a very mixed client base, from French to British, and Dutch to American, and we have even exported to Switzerland, but what our clients have in common is that they want top quality products at an affordable price,” said Managing Director Konrad Sobanski. “While quality kitchens are available in France, we feel that the prices are too
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Lack of maintenance can turn pools green very quickly MANY things can cause algae to form in swimming pools. Lack of maintenance and a hot spell are enough to turn the water from blue to green in the space of a few days. Follow these steps and soon the green gunge will be gone. The first thing to do is to get into the pool and brush off as much of the algae as possible. Next check the pH levels – they should be between 7.2 and 7.6. High pH levels affect how well the chlorine works so it is important to get the balance right. Once you have assured the levels are correct, turn on the pool filter and add a chlorine based shock treatment that can be bought from DIY stores. Follow the instructions on the box for dosage. You should leave the pool filter running 24 hours a day. If after 12 to 24 hours there does not seem to be much improvement, add a second dose of shock treatment and repeat as many times as needed until all the algae have died (they should be white or greyish in colour when dead). Be careful when using the shock treatment. Always put the water in the recipient first and add the chemicals afterwards, never do it the other way round. The next job is to clean all the dead algae out of the pool. Start by vacuuming the pool. Try not to let too much of the algae get trapped inside the filter. Thoroughly clean the pool filter to ensure no algae has lodged itself inside. Finish by testing the chemical levels in the pool. To keep the algae away it is advisable to add an anti algae pool chemical once a week. General maintenance of swimming pools To maintain a clean swimming pool all year round it is necessary to pay careful attention to the chlorine levels. They should never fall below 1.0ppm. Chlorine kills both algae and harmful bacteria. Daily: If the pool is used intensively in summer then it is good to check pH levels every day. To raise the pH levels, add sodium carbonate. To lower the pH levels add sodium bisulphate taking care to dose according to the recommendations on the box. Once a week: Skim out any dead leaves or debris that may have fallen in. If not using an automatic pool sweep, vacuum the pool weekly to remove any debris that has settled on the bottom. Brush the sides and bottom of the pool. Clean dirt marks from around the water line especially if sun tan lotion is being used. To do this, use a chlorine-compatible tile and liner cleaner. Once a fortnight: The longer the pool water is filtered the cleaner the water is, so try to keep the filter running continuously when people are using the pool. It is important to clean out the filter at least once a fortnight. Once a month: Check alkalinity and calcium hardness.
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WHAT easier way to welcome spring into your home than with flowers? This month you are spoilt for choice. Garden roses have started coming, as have a few of the long tulips, aquilegia, lilacs and bluebells. While blues and greens give a room a sense of calm and tranquillity, vibrant reds and orange are more dynamic, and pinks and lavenders set a romantic scene. Current trends in flower-arranging include monobotanic (all one type of flower) and monochromatic (all one colour). For a contemporary look, put the flowers in groups of uneven numbers instead of dotting them around. But for an English country garden look, mix lots of textures and foliage. When arranging, the largest and darkest flowers tend to be placed near the base of the arrangement, whereas smaller and lighter ones are put towards the edges. Put the more open flowers at the base – do not stick them at the top of the bunch as it looks unnatural. Try experimenting with different shapes, textures and colours to bring out certain flowers – placing all your flowers facing forwards can look a bit dull. Little arrangements of just one flower have their place, too, and can be striking. Lilies of the valley bunched in apéritif glasses look lovely when placed three in a row in separate glasses, for example. On a practical note, when choosing flowers, ask your florist for the freshest varieties in stock and pick ones that show a bit of colour. If you are bringing
The size of the arrangement should fit the size of the area – small flowers on a huge table will get lost
Red and orange flowers can give a dynamic, vibrant look to an arrangement any of your own flowers in, cut them in the morning before 8.00 or late at night. When the flowers are cut during the day and have had the sun on them then it is too late and they just do not last as well. Make sure that the vases are spotless and remove leaves that will be under the water in the vase as they will rot. I advise leaving the flowers in a bucket with water in a cool place before doing anything with them for a couple of hours. Cut the stems at an angle, as it gives them a greater surface area from which to drink. To keep your flowers for as long as possible, change the water every few days, and make sure that the arrangement is not placed in a room where it is getting a lot of heat or draught, as the flowers will wilt quickly. When it comes to where to place your
flowers, the size of the arrangement should fit the size of the area – small flowers on a huge table will get lost. However, if you plan on putting the arrangement on the dining room table, do not have it so high that guests can't speak to those across from them. There are lots of different, sometimes unusual, ways of presenting them. I recommend going to brocantes to find items – old bottles, little tea glasses, old cafetières, pottery – you do not have to buy a glass vase for it. Things you have already got can also work. The flowers just have to be cut proportionally to the jar. Claire Chalkley runs Les Couronnes Sauvages florists in Brittany (www.lescouronnessauvages.com). Interview by Rebecca Lawn
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AS THE garden really gets into its stride, and everything is bursting with life, the main job in May is simply keeping up with it. Keep adding manure to everything, water if necessary and keep a beady eye out for fungal infections and pesty insects. It is much easier to treat any outbreaks if you catch them early. Tie up any climbing and trailing plants, and re-pot any root bound plants, if not already done. The first roses should be out now and if you cut some for the house, there are various ways of making them last longer. First, make sure the vase is clean. Put it through the dishwasher, or scrub in hot soapy water. Also make sure your secateurs are clean. Wipe them with bleach or alcohol to make sure they are not carrying bacteria. Water the roses thoroughly the night before you plan to cut them and then do so the next morning. Chose buds which are just beginning to unfurl, and make a diagonal cut. Floral preservatives in the water can work wonders, but if your cut flowers are in a direct sunlight or in a very hot place, they will not last long, whatever you do, so place them somewhere cool, and if you have time, wash the vase, change the water and re-cut the stems every day. Lawns need to be aerated so that water drains away properly and so that both air and water can reach the roots. To do this, chose a dry day and either use a mechanical aerator or a garden fork – just thrust it into the lawn at intervals. Once you have been over the whole lawn, you can sow extra grass seed if necessary. This procedure might leave your lawn looking a bit dishevelled at first but give it a few weeks and it will be much more lush and verdant than before. Aeration is particularly important if you notice puddles forming on your lawn when it rains. Flowerbeds need to be weeded constantly and going over the ground with a hoe will also do wonders. Water in the evening, otherwise the water will simply evaporate and be wasted. In the kitchen garden, use shallow water trenches to save water and discourage weeds. During May, a kitchen garden will thank you for every minute you spend there. Now is the time to plant out everything you started in seed trays, and it certainly is not too late to add another helping of manure. Harvest peas and lettuce, and replant various varieties of salad, a few every day so that you can enjoy them all summer long. May is a good time to start a herb garden – establishing sage, origano and rosemary plants is easy this month. Parsley will grow from seed, and coriander should do well in partial shade. Plant out leaks and onion sets, a second batch of carrots and perhaps even some more potatoes. Organic gardeners swear by marigolds in a kitchen garden for keeping aphids away.
Spring is the perfect time of year to experiment with some flower-arranging. Expert CLAIRE CHALKLEY shares some recommended tips and techniques
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Keeping it simple: a monobotanic arrangement of tulips
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More details on all these properties - and how to contact the seller directly - can be found in the property for sale section of www.connexionfrance.com Simply enter the code under each home to find out more PROPERTIES IN DORDOGNE
Eymet 2 bedroomed stone house with kitchen, living room, dining room and bathroom as well as garden with a shed. The house is set on the outskirts of a charming bastide town.
Montpon-Ménestérol Detached house in the Dordogne with large brick-built barn plus two open barns, workshop, winery and piggery. There is potential for extending into the large roof space.
Mussidan 3 bedroomed, very spacious, clean, bright and airy home ready to move in now. The house has its own well, a small orchard and mature trees that provide complete privacy.
ENERGY RATING = E
ENERGY RATING = G
Piégut-Pluviers This 3 bedroomed property, built in 2009, offers a large land area of 6000m² and a beautiful 1100m² pond.
Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière A 3 bedroomed home located in the Périgord Vert region ready to move in to. The property benefits from oil-fired central heating. There is also an insert woodburner installed.
Saint-Vincent-Jalmoutiers Charming 5 bedroomed village house in excellent condition, benefiting from a sitting room and an additional reception room leading to the beautiful flower-filled garden.
ENERGY RATING = D
ENERGY RATING = E
Lalinde Renovated barn from the 1700's situated above a beautiful village with fantastic views from every window. The renovation is bright, airy and modern with stone walls and beams.
Near Hautefort A 2 bedroomed stone-built home dating from 1841. Character features include some exposed roof timbers and fireplaces. Kitchen/living/dining, bathroom, and 2 bedrooms.
Le Bugue Set in a lovely countryside location, this restored house with swimming pool sits in a quiet are of the Périgord Noir. Reversible central heating, garage, swimming pool.
ENERGY RATING = G
ENERGY RATING = E
Verteillac Entering the light and airy hall there is a beautiful wooden staircase leading to the first floor and to the first of 2 bedrooms with a shower room. There is also a study/bedroom at ground level.
Lalinde A modern craftsman built 3/4 bedroom house with swimming pool. Notable features include the high-quality oak fittings throughout and the very spacious open-plan living area.
Villefranche-de-Lonchat A pretty, detached house, set in over 3 acres of mature gardens and meadow with swimming pool, renovated to a very high standard, with beautiful exposed beams and original stone walls.
ENERGY RATING = D
ENERGY RATING = E
Eymet This beautifully-renovated stone farmhouse is set on the hillside of the Dropt river valley not more than 10 kms from the Bastide town of Eymet in the Dordogne.
Jumilhac-le-Grand This stone-built 4 bedroomed 'Périgourdine' home with parcel of land is located in the Périgord Vert region. Flexible living areas providing possibility of gîte/ chambre d'hôtes opportunity.
Monestier This interesting property consists of 2 large stone houses, one of which has been divided into a gîte, an apartment, a large dining room and sitting room.
ENERGY RATING = G
ENERGY RATING = D
ENERGY RATING = D
ENERGY RATING = G
ENERGY RATING = D
ENERGY RATING = E
ENERGY RATING = E
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PROPERTIES AROUND FRANCE
Domfront, Orne This charming bungalow is set in a garden and comes with a garage. The property comprises of an entrance hall, a fitted kitchen, living room, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.
Merdrignac, Côtes-d'Armor House close to amenities, situated in central Brittany. Living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry, WC. Full basement with 1 car garage, boiler room.
ENERGY RATING = Not given
€186,000 Hérault Charming fully-renovated and furnished village house with 95 m² living space including 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with a nice and sunny terrace. Well located in the a very quiet alley. ENERGY RATING = Not given
Saint-Jean-de-Daye, Manche Two fully-renovated houses with further scope for increase in living space. Set in a peaceful location with views over the marais, yet within only 2-3kms of shops and swimming pool.
Loudéac, Côtes-d'Armor A large Breton house which comprises a hall, kitchen and amnage team, a large living room and dining room with beautiful granite fireplace, 8 bedrooms, bathroom and shower, attic. ENERGY RATING = E
Béziers, Hérault The house is well-maintained and in a good condition. Entrance giving access to the living room, and the kitchen with French doors to the covered terrace. 4 bedrooms, bathroom.
Guingamp, Côtes-d'Armor Set in an acre of landscaped gardens and offering complete privacy, is this 5 bedroomed exceptionally spacious detached house.
ENERGY RATING = D
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Firfol, Calvados Detached brick and tiled property, built in 1800, situated on the edge of a town, with a wooded garden area of 4.94 acres with a selection of columbage outbuildings.
Céret, Pyrénées Orientales Beautiful country house with 4 bedrooms or two 2 bedroomed flats with a large garden and stone shed. Land leading to a river with stunning views of the mountains.
ENERGY RATING = Not given
Évreux, Eure Beautiful 4 bedroomed “Maison de Maitre” with gardens of 800m², a 3 bedroomed gîte, fully equipped and ready for immediate rental – plus a 1 bedroom apartment.
Mortain, Manche This beautiful small château is set in parkland, formal gardens and paddocks. Both wings of the château were built in 1591. The complete history of the château is available.
ENERGY RATING = D
Magalas, Hérault The villa has an interiordesigned living area, fully fitted kitchen, master suite and 3 bedrooms. Reversible air-conditionning. Garden, pool, pool house, and 2 impressive terrace areas.
Fougères, Ille-et-Vilaine At the end of a rural lane, this superb property offers not only an idyllic setting with heated indoor swimming pool, but also proven revenue courtesy of the two charming holiday cottages.
ENERGY RATING = Not given
Le Bec-Hellouin, Eure These two properties are situated in a pretty wooded hamlet immediately above Le Bec Hellouin, officially recognised as one of the prettiest villages in France. 7 bedrooms.
Near Carcassonne, Aude Stunning restored mill with main 3 bedroomed property plus 2 independent gîtes. Garden with stream. Swimming pool. Sold fully furnished. Quiet and private.
ENERGY RATING = D
Dinan, Côtes-d'Armor Beautifully-renovated longère with 2 large reception rooms and 5 bedrooms. Second renovated house with living room, kitchen and 3 bedrooms. Ideal as a gîte.
Saint-Lô, Manche This elegant detached ‘Maison de Maître’ with several outbuildings, is a former notary's house and office. It is located in a charming village with all amenities within walking distance.
ENERGY RATING = E
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ENERGY RATING = C & D
Cléguérec, Morbihan Set in a small quiet hamlet, this pleasant, private, renovated house, offers 4 double bedrooms, a lounge/living room with fireplace and insert and fitted/equipped kitchen giving.
Percy, Manche Set in beautiful countryside, close to shops, amenities, beaches and motorway links, this modernly restored farmhouse has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and gas central heating.
Hérault Stone village home offering 3 bedrooms and 2 shower rooms/ WCs, equipped kitchen, courtyard on ground floor, and handsome 'escargot' staircase. Many original elements.
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ENERGY RATING = D
ENERGY RATING = D
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Lots to consider when moving your UK business
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My family and I have just moved to France and I want to get my computer consultancy business set up under the French system. I’m not sure where to start – I’ve heard so many conflicting pieces of information; I estimate that I will keep most of my UK clients and want to win some new French clients. My sales in 2011 were £75,000. THE first step is to actually register the business – and its now that you need to consider the best business structure. You do not mention if you had a UK Ltd company, or if you were running a husband and wife partnership. If you did trade through a UK Ltd company, it may be practical and commercial to keep that going, as you will then be able to keep your UK business bank account and give your clients a seamless transition. If you were self-employed, you need to change where you were registered, as under EU social security rules, your business has to be declared in the place you are habitually resident. HMRC.gov.uk provides a wealth of information about the options available to you to work abroad – you need to go to the section http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/international/ni-abroad.htm Getting the structure right for the French business from day one will help avoid headaches later. If you set up a SARL (the equivalent of a limited company) you can opt to tax your business under the family income tax rules – so instead of paying corporation tax on your profits you pay income tax instead. This can give you a lower tax bill, as in France you get personal allowances for your wife and children. If you opt for the corporation tax regime, you can benefit from a 15% reduced rate if the majority of shares are owned by you personally, otherwise corporation tax is 33.3%. Your French business will need to be registered formally with the authorities, and you will be given a SIRET number. With sales of £75,000 you will need to be registered for TVA in France, but for any UK VAT registered clients you will be able to zero-rate the sale. The other critical factor in terms of costs for running your business in France is the business social charges (national insurance), which for your type of business will be around 38% of earnings – see URSSAF for current rates and further information on creating a consultancy business in France – www.urssaf.fr//profil/independants/index.html
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Showing our visitors the best of Dordogne
I think the Dordogne has enormous potential, which I am very enthusiastic about.
The Dordogne has a new Director of Tourism. Christophe Gravier said it was a “super challenge” for him to work in the number one department in France for rural tourism. And he said that the British living here play a key role in the success of the tourist industry. JANE HANKS spoke to him. What attracted you to come and work in the Dordogne? The Dordogne has special qualities which have made it the leading department in terms of both its turnover and amount of accommodation for “interior” tourism – that is to say for departments which don’t have access to a coastline. Firstly, it is one of the rare departments with a real brand image. People have a perception of what the Dordogne is and are attracted by it. The image is very important – just as with any other product on sale. Secondly, it has an enormous accommodation capacity. There are 100,000 beds available in hotels,
campsites and gîtes, plus a further 200,000 in second homes, which also bring in visitors to the region. There is also a rich variety of types and quality of accommodation. For example there is the whole range of campsites, from one star to five stars. Thirdly, the Dordogne is now easily accessible via Bergerac Airport which, with its 14 destinations, is very important. The A89 has also opened up the area. Fourthly, there is an immense richness in the number and quality of tourist sites, with its remarkable châteaux, museums and caves. The Dordogne has 190 sites –more sites than any other department.
La-Roque-Gageac, one of the most beautiful villages in Dordogne What do you think needs to be done for tourism here? The most important challenge is to keep our visitors faithful to the region, to make sure that they’ll come back. We must also work to attract new clients. This year we are going to set up a study to see what type of person comes here and what they want from a holiday, so as to better anticipate their needs. Between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors, French and foreign, will be given questionnaires so that we can draw up a profile of our clients and find out what they like. It will take place from early summer through to the autumn. Once we have the results we will be able to see what needs developing. You have told me what the strong points are – what are the weak points? I do think we need to develop the Dordogne as an attractive destination for families. To that end I think we need more activities and work-
shops for children in our tourist sites. We need to involve them more in visits – for example, hands-on activities in the museums, making sure there is something for children to do when they visit a farm. They are ambassadors for the future, and if they have a good time now, hopefully they’ll come back when they’re older.
tions – I know that you often have a quiet smile at the way some of our texts are written!! Are you happy to be here? I am extremely happy to be in the Dordogne. I think it presents a superb challenge – and I think the Dordogne has enormous potential, which I am very enthusiastic about.
How important are the British to tourism in the Dordogne? The British living here have an important role to play in tourism and as such, make a valid contribution to the local economy. They bring in visitors to the region and act as ambassadors for the Dordogne. The British represent by far the majority of our foreign holidaymakers. We need to have better communication with the British to make sure they keep coming. We need to adapt our websites for our UK clientele – and put them into English. I am also aware that we need better transla-
Who visits, and where they come from
Economy Turnover: €1,400,000,000 26 million nights spent by tourists in the Dordogne French spend on average €46.5 a day per person Foreigners spend on average €66.3 a day per person
Camping 428,000 campers. 2.9 million nights. Up 1.11 % compared to 2010 56.5% French 43.5% foreigners - 65% Dutch, 19.7% UK, 7.8% Belgian Average stay – seven days
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The tourist figures for the 2011 season have been published by the Committee for Tourism in the Department. The key ones are as follows:
Hotels 1.05 million nights, up 6% compared to 2010 77% French 23% foreign – 25% UK, 14% Belgian, 13% USA, 10% Spanish Average stay 1.8 days
Tourist Sites Visits up by 8.5% compared to 2010 Parc de Marqueyssac – 190,000 visitors La Roque Saint Christophe – 177,000 visitors Lascaux II – 250,000 visitors