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Résidence de l’océan La Tranche sur mer - Vendée The holiday estate “L’Ocean” situated along the Atlantic coast in the Vendée is of high standard in the colonial style. Thanks to its exceptional location in La Tranche sur Mer, you have direct access to a fine sandy beach as well as many entertaining places and activities nearby. The estate offers a private heated swimming pool and a large solarium terrace with sea views.

Résidence Les Jardins de l’Amirauté Les Sables d’Olonne - Vendée

Whether you are on a family holiday or getting together with friends, you will find everything you need for an unforgettable holiday at the Résidence Les Jardins de l’Amirauté**. We are on the wonderful Côte de Lumière, just 2 kms from the nearest beach, 300m from the marina and an ideal starting point for trips out to discover the pleasures of the Vendée Region. Our well-equipped apartments have a sun-drenched terrace or balcony, and you are welcome to relax in our outdoor heated pool.

Résidence les Terrasses de Pentrez Saint-Nic - Pentrez - Bretagne The holiday estate “Les Terrasses de Pentrez Plage” offers good standard, well equipped flats or houses to rent for 4 to 6 people. The holiday estate offers a magnificent view of the Atlantic. After a day on the beach you can relax by the covered heated swimming pool…

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Will you pay less tax this year? France has a reputation for being a high tax country, so reforms that could reduce taxation are very welcome. The Finance Law for 2018 introduced two significant changes, which particularly affect those with higher investment income and/or wealth.

tax with the flat tax. In this case, you can opt to use the progressive rates of income tax instead (as you did last year), plus 17.2% social charges. Beware, however, that once you make this election it applies to all your income; you cannot, for example, pay income tax on your interest and the flat tax on your capital gains. When it comes to selling shares, the tax relief for holding them for a number of years is no longer available under the flat tax system. The relief now only applies if you opt for the income tax rates, and only for shares bought prior to 2018. The flat tax does not apply to rental income, or real estate gains. Assurance-vie The flat tax does apply to assurance-vie policies, but only where the policy was set up after September 26, 2017 (and withdrawals occurred after January 1, 2018). If your policy was set up before September 27, you can opt for the old fixed rate system. For any top-ups after this date, the proportion of the gain element relating to the top-up will be subject to the 30% flat tax. The allowance for policies held for more than eight years stays in place for all policies (€4,600 for individuals and €9,200 for married/PACS couples). Wealth tax now only applies to real estate assets

What do these reforms mean for you? Income tax and social charges First the bad news (though it is not too bad). Social charges have increased by 1.7% for all types of income. So the rates for this year are 9.7% for employment income; 17.2% for investment income; and 9.1% for pension income (you are exempt for pension income if you have Form S1 or do not have access to the French healthcare system). The income tax rates remain the same as last year, though the income bands have increased slightly with inflation. New flat tax for interest, dividends, capital gains on the sale of shares and securities Over recent years you will have been paying income tax on your investment income, but now a brand new tax has been introduced. Officially called the Prélèvement Forfaitaire Unique (PFU), it is more commonly referred to as the ‘flat tax’. The same rate applies to everyone, regardless of how much you earn. The rate is 30%, and the good news is that this includes both income tax and social charges. Whereas this could be a significant tax saving for higher earners, if you have smaller investments you may pay more


The second big change was the wealth tax reform. Impôt sur la Fortune (ISF) which applied to your household’s total wealth (including property, investments, jewelry, art etc) was repealed and from January 1, 2018 replaced by a new real estate wealth tax – Impôt sur la Fortune Immobilière (IFI). This means that your savings and investments (including assurance-vie policies) are no longer liable to wealth tax, regardless of the total value. The exception is for financial assets of a real estate nature. These reforms make this an excellent time to review your tax planning. Establish what the changes mean for you and whether you should re-structure your assets to take full advantage. Seek personalised, specialist advice to ensure your tax planning is designed around your circumstances and objectives, and you are not paying any more tax than necessary. The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual is advised to seek personalised advice. With thanks to Bradley Warden Blevins Franks 05 49 75 07 24 bradley.warden@blevinsfranks.com www.blevinsfranks.com

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Major tax reforms in France. How do they affect you? 2018 has seen the introduction of some interesting tax cuts for investment assets and income, including assurance-vie policies. Find out how you can make the most of these tax reforms. Blevins Franks specialises in reducing tax on invested capital, pensions, wealth and inheritance.

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Personal civil liability insurance In France, it is important to be covered for civil liability or third party liability (responsabilité civile vie privée). This cover is normally included in a French household policy called Multirisque Habitation. But people often don’t know exactly what they are covered for. For example, you are rarely covered with a holiday home, or you could be a tenant and you have never been asked for your insurance certificate, or your policy could be cancelled for non-payment. The responsabilité civile vie privée part of your policy covers the material and physical accidental damages caused to third parties by the subscriber and family members who normally reside at the property. For example, when you break your neighbour’s favourite and rather expensive vase. If it was broken accidentally, it can be covered.

The scope of cover can be extremely extensive and could be worldwide, giving you cover even on your Mexican holiday, for example. It can include damages caused during a sport or leisure activity. If your son breaks a neighbour’s window with his football or your daughter is out riding her bike and crashes into someone’s car, for example. Family members could also be covered while at school or during a training course, while babysitting or using DIY or gardening equipment, including lawnmowers, where a stone

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Business, Finance & Legal # request a certificate or attestation proving you have the necessary insurance. This can mean that if you have booked into a gite or B&B or hotel in France your insurance cover goes with you. You would need to ask your insurer to provide you with an attestation Villégiature. Likewise, if you are renting out your property, lending your property or have family members or friends staying with you, it is important to check your guests have their own thirdparty liability insurance or can be covered by your company. What is not covered? It is likely any professional activities would be excluded, as well as some ‘high risk’ sporting activities, firearms, boats over a certain size, dangerous breeds of dogs, equipment rental etc. Again, when in doubt check with your insurance agent.

might be thrown up and hit a window or a car. Damages caused by domestic animals are also likely to be covered, including the family dog biting a neighbour, or running across the road and causing an accident. Short-term holiday rental accommodation is also usually covered. Indeed, the landlord or letting agent may wish to establish you are adequately covered before allowing you access. If in doubt of the transferability of your third-party liability insurance, check with your company and if necessary

For your peace of mind, you should establish with your insurer: 1: You are covered. 2: What the ceiling limits are. 3: What the exclusions are. 4: That your leisure and sporting activities are adequately catered for. 5: That you are covered while abroad and for what duration. 6: If your guests and rentals are covered. Then request they make any necessary adjustments to your policy! With thanks to Léna Eaton Generali Insurance Tel: 02 97 40 80 20. Email: arradon@agence.generali.fr www.french-insurance.com


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Divorce, separation and family law advice Woolley & Co specialise in English divorce and family law for British expats.

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Divorce from France: What are my options? The laws of divorce in France Under EU law, once you have become an ‘habitual resident’ (which is open to interpretation by a Judge) you can obtain a divorce through the France courts. A divorce can be granted by either a joint submission by both parties stating that the marriage has broken down and they both wish for a dissolution, or by one party alleging intolerable behaviour, adultery or the fact that the parties have been separated for six years. In all cases, the parties must file a statement of full agreement reached about matrimonial property and assets, finances, custody of and access to children, and much more. The parties will have to appear before a judge, who may then grant an interim separation order. There then follows a ‘probationary period’ of up to nine months and the parties then go back to court to see if the judge will grant a permanent dissolution. Using the English courts to get a divorce from France In most circumstances, you can divorce in England if you are ‘domiciled’ in England and Wales. Domicile is a somewhat obscure legal concept but means, basically, that England and Wales is legally your ‘home country’ and, so long as you have not formally and fully integrated into your new country of residence, having cut all ties with England never to return, that gives the English courts the jurisdiction to grant you a divorce. Even if you have lived in a different country for many years, it does not in most cases mean that, in law, you are no longer considered to be domiciled in England. If you opt for an English divorce: • The parties do not usually need to appear in court. • The divorce process takes around 16 weeks or so. • The court does not need to deal with matrimonial property or finances in order to grant a divorce. • The court does not need to consider custody issues in order to finalise the divorce (in fact the concept of ‘custody’ has been abolished in the UK). Applying first is essential It may be to your advantage to divorce in England but better, perhaps, for your spouse if matters were dealt with under French law. The general position is that, where you have the choice to divorce in France or in England – which many expat couples living in France will have – the courts of both

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Beware! They walk among us. And they have the vote! When you’ve saved hard-earned cash for that dream holiday, you want everything to be just perfect. Some people, however, have quite unbelievable expectations when they leave the country. It’s as if they don’t quite realise they are actually in a foreign land or that, actually, the world doesn’t revolve round them. Here are just a few crazy complaints received by travel operators...

• On my holiday to Goa, in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like • Although the brochure said that there was a fully-equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers. spicy food. • They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It • I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local was very distracting for my husband, who just wanted to relax. convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts. • We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the • We booked the honeymoon suite and in the WC there taxi drivers as they were all Spanish. were two toilets side by side. With no walls separating them! • The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything There is nothing at all romantic about that. when we returned to our room. • It took us nine hours to fly home from • We could not enjoy the tour as our ‘We could not enjoy Jamaica to England. It took the Americans guide was too ugly. You can’t be expected only three hours to get home. This seems unfair. to admire a beautiful view when you are the tour as our staring at a face like his. • I compared the size of our one-bedroom • There was no sign telling you that you guide was too ugly’ suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller. shouldn’t get on the hot air balloon ride if you’re afraid of heights. • The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort.’ We’re • The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. wait longer for service. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would • The local women were too beautiful. It made me feel bad have made our holiday more fun. about myself. • We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. • When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish Your brochure shows the sand as white, but it was more people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food yellow. was Spanish. No-one told us that there would be so many • The street signs weren’t in English. I don’t understand how foreigners. anyone can get around. • We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was • It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close no air-conditioning. in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ • The animals at the zoo looked very sad and it made our time - this should be banned. children cry. Can’t they train them to smile? No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The • • You told us there was a rooftop pool, but above us was children were scared. just another room. To advertise in Le Mini'mag please call 02 99 91 59 77


# Food & Entertainment


≈ Pep up your picnic ≈

Sandwiches with curled-up corners and soggy sausage rolls? Nah! Here are a few ideas to liven up those lazy sunny afternoons with friends

Tandoori chicken skewers

Potato and spinach frittata



• 500g chicken breasts • 2 pots Greek yoghurt • 3 tbsp Tandoori Masala spice mix • Wooden skewers

• 500g potatoes, peeled and sliced • 1 red onion, sliced • 2/3 tbsp olive oil • 400g bag fresh spinach • 8 eggs • Salt and pepper, to taste

METHOD 1: Soak skewers in water for an hour to help stop them burning when cooking. 2: Cut chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and set aside. Mix yoghurt and spices together and add the chicken. Cover and chill for 24 hours. 3: Skewer the chicken and cook in the oven (or on a BBQ) for 20-30 minutes. Leave to cool and then place in the fridge in a sealed container until the picnic.

METHOD 1: In a saucepan boil the potatoes until they start to soften. In a frying pan lightly fry the onion until soft, then add the potatoes and cook until they start to brown. Add the spinach and salt and pepper. 2: Turn the pan up high and add the beaten eggs. Move around to ensure vegetables are distributed evenly. Cook on a low-medium heat until the bottom starts to brown. 3: Place under a grill for 1-2 minutes to brown the top. Leave to cool and slice to serve. If you have a skillet pan, you can place it into a hot oven for the final cook. Serves four.

Mediterranean salad in a jar Serving in a jar makes it easy for a picnic. They don’t have to be fancy mason jars, just ones you’ve used and sterilised INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cucumber, cut in to thick slices • 1 red or orange pepper, cut into squares or slices • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved • 1/2 red onion, chopped • 1/2 cup of black pitted olives • 100g feta cheese, crumbled • 1/2 romaine or iceberg lettuce Dressing • 1 pinch salt and pepper • 2 tbsp olive oil • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar or cider vinegar • 1 tsp French mustard • Juice of half a lemon • 1 tbsp of fresh oregano or 1 level tsp of dried

METHOD Layer vegetables and cheese into your jars. Mix dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad. Refrigerate until needed. Serves four


Banoffee pie in a jar INGREDIENTS • 1 x 397g tin condensed milk • 2 bananas • 100ml whipped cream Biscuit base • 125g of crushed digestive biscuits • 50g melted butter

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General Charles de Gaulle once said: ‘How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?’ If he thought he had a problem then,

what about now when numbers are into the 4000plus range? We are spoilt for choice, but there are always little gems to be found...

Say cheese!

•• Boulette d’Avesnes ••

It would be difficult to mistake this cheese for anything else. Its cone shape, brick-red colour and pronounced smell makes it stand out from the crowd. Boulette d’Avesnes is volcanic in both shape and flavour!

between 200g and 300g depending upon the producer. After being shaped, it is dyed with annatto (a natural colouring) or covered with paprika. Both fermier and industriel cheeses have bright red rinds, which are natural in the case of farmhouse cheeses but often tinted in factory-made products. Maturation takes at least three months in humid, brick-built cellars with paved terracotta floors, during which time the cheeses are regularly washed, usually with beer.

It gets its name from the village in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, near the Belgian border, where it originated. It was mentioned for the first time in the writings of the Abbey of Maroilles around 1760. Its nickname is suppositoire du diable (the devil’s suppository) and legend has it the miners who once populated the region would rest it on wooden boards above their windows to dry it out and make an already powerful taste even stronger. There are two versions of this particular cheese, using either raw or pasteurised milk from either Holstein or Flamande cows. The authentic fermier version is made by heating buttermilk (the residual milk remaining after the manufacture of butter) and draining and seasoning the resulting solids with herbs and spices including parsley, pepper, tarragon and cloves. The mixture is then kneaded to a smooth paste, handmoulded into small balls (hence the name) or cones which are around 6-8cms at the base and 10cms tall and weighing

The industriel version is ripened in the same way, but unripened Maroilles curds are used as a base rather than buttermilk solids. You’ll need to hang on to your hat when you take a bite of Boulette d’Avesnes, as there’s a serious blast of of both heat and smokiness. Spicy, peppery and pungent with quite a persistent aftertaste of tarragon. The inside can be of a doughy consistency, but it can also be creamy and smooth. When eaten young, it’s delicious after a meal with just some bread and a glass of Beaujolais or a good pint of hoppy ale. It marries well with confit of mirabelles or a drizzle of honey. It’s also excellent in a crusty sandwich.

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Can’t quite plaice the name? If you’ve ever wandered through a French fish market, or stopped to check out the fish counter at your local supermarket, you’ll probably be like most of us – utterly confused at what’s in front of your eyes. It’s not the wierd and wonderful piscatorial panorama that assaults the senses, more the difficulty trying to understand exactly what is what. We’ve tried to be as efishient as possible and come up with the definitive guide to French-English fish names so you can sort out your colin from your cabillaud, your lieu jaune from your lieu noir and your pangas from your poisson pané. It’s often the case in France – and also in the UK for that matter – that a fish can have more than one name, often depending on what part of the country you are in. But don’t worry too much if you get your flet mixed up with your flétan, or even your flétan noir. You don’t have to be an affishionado, just enjoy the opportunaty to show off how profishient you are with fish names!

A ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Abadèche rouge – Type of sea bass Abusseau – Type of sea smelt Aigle de mer – Skate Aiglefin/Eglefin – Haddock Aiguillat – Dogfish/Rock salmon/Huss Ailes de raie – Skate wings Albacore – Yellowfin tuna Alose – Allis shad (herring family) Anchois – Anchovy Anguille – Eel Anguille de mer – Conger eel Athérine – Sand smelt Auxide – Frigate tuna/Frigate mackerel

B ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bar – Bass/Sea bass/Grouper Bar tacheté – Spotted sea bass Barbillon – Barbel Barbote – Catfish Barbue – Brill Barracuda/Becume – Barracuda Baudroie – Angler fish/Monkfish Beryx – Red bream Bogues - Bream Boilier – Sailfish Bonite – Atlantic bonito Bar Bonite a ventre raye – Skipjack (striped) tuna Bonitou (melva) – Bullet tuna Brème – Bream


Brochet – Pike Brocheton – Young pike Brochet de la mer – Barracuda

C ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Cabillaud (pêchée ANE) – Atlantic cod/Codling Cabillaud (pêchée Océan Pacifique) – Pacific cod/Gray cod Capelan de Méditerranée – Mediterranean Poor Cod Capitaine – Emperor fish Cardine – Megrim Carpe – Carp Carrelet – Plaice Céteau – Wedge sole Chein – Dogfish Carpe Chinchard – Atlantic horse mackerel Colin – Alaskan pollock/European hake/Coley/Coalfish Colas fil – Crimson jobfish/Crimson snapper Congre – Conger Coryphene – Mahi-mahi/Common dolphinfish Coutelas – Frostfish/Silver scabbardfish

D ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Darnes de poisson – Fish steak Dorade – Sea bream Dorade commune – Red bream Dorade grise (griset) – Black sea bream Dorade royale – Gilt-head bream Dorade sébaste – Rose fish/Deepwater redfish

E ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eperlan – European smelt Equille – Great sand eel Emissole – Dogfish/Huss Espadon – Swordfish Esturgeon – Sturgeon Exocet – Flying fish


F ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fanfre noir – Black sea bass Flet – European flounder Flétan – Atlantic halibut Flétan noir – Greenland halibut Friture – Whitebait

G ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Germon – Albacore tuna Grande castagnole (hirondelle) – Atlantic pomfret Grande sebaste – Atlantic perch Grondin – Gurnard Grondin gris – Grey gurnard Grondin perlon – Tub gurnard Grondin rouge – Red gurnard

H ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Haddock – Haddock (usually smoked) Hareng – Herring

J ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jean-Doré – John Dory Joël – Big-scale sand smelt Julienne – Common ling/Sea burbot

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Food & Entertainment # L ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lançon – Sand eel Lieu jaune – Pollock Lieu noir – Coley/Coalfish Limande – Common dab Limande sole – Lemon sole Lingue – Ling/Common ling Lingue bleue – Blue ling Lompe – Lumpfish/Lumpsucker Lotte – Angler fish/Monkfish Loup – Catfish/Rockfish Loup de mer – Atlantic wolf fish/ Bass/Sea bass


M ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mâchoiron – Catfish Maigre – Meagre/Drum fish/Salmon bass Makaire – Marlin Maquereau – Atlantic mackerel Maquereau espagnol – Chub mackerel/ Pacific mackerel Marlin – Sailfish/Billfish/Blue Marlin Merlan/Merlin – Whiting/Silver hake Merlan bleu – Blue whiting Merlin de ligne - Whiting Merlu – European hake Merlu a longue queue - Hoki Mérou – Dusky grouper/Yellowbelly rock cod/ Yellowbelly grouper Mérou moucheté – White-blotched grouper Morue (pêchée ANE) – Atlantic cod/Codling Morue (pêchée ANO) – Pacific cod/Gray cod Mostelle – Greater forkbeard/Forkbeard Morue – Salted cod Mulet – Thicklip grey mullet/ Golden grey mullet/Thinlip mullet/ Leaping mullet/Flathead grey mullet/Common mullet/Grey mullet Muge – Mullet

O ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Omble chevalier – Arctic char Oreille de mer - Abalone Orphie – Garfish/Needle fish

P ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pageot – Common pandora/Red sea bream Pageot acarné – Axillary sea bream Pangas – Pangas catfish/Vietnamese river cobbler/White catfish Pagra à points bleus – Blue spotted sea bream Pagre commun – Red porgy Perche – Perch Perche du Nil – Nile perch Petite friture – Whitebait Pilchard – Pilchard Plie – European plaice Pilchard

Poisson – Fish Poisson ombre – Grayling Poisson pané – Fish fingers Poisson-sabre – Cutlass fish Poisson pané Poisson volant – Flying fish Prêtre – Sand smelt/Big scale sand smelt/ Mediterranean sand smelt

R ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rascasse – Black scorpion fish/Blackbelly rosefish/Slender rockfish/Spiny scorpion fish Raie - Skate Requin - Shark Rouget – Red mullet/West African goatfish/ Spotted goatfish Rouget barbet – Red mullet/Striped red mullet Roussette – Small spotted catshark/Sandy dogfish/Lesser spotted dogfish/Nursehound/ Greater spotted dogfish/Bull huss

S ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saint-Pierre – John Dory Saithe – Coalfish/Coley Sandre – Zander/Pike-perch Sar – Sargo/White sea bream/Common twobanded sea bream Sar commun – White sea bream/Sargo Sabre d’argent – Frostfish/Silver scabbardfish Sardine – European pilchard Sauclet – Mediterranean sand smelt Saumon/Saumon atlantique – Atlantic salmon Saumon Kéta du Pacifique (Chum) – Chum salmon/Pacific salmon Saumon argenté du Pacifique (Coho) – Coho salmon/Pacific salmon Saumon royal du Pacifique (King) – Chinook salmon/Pacific salmon Saumon rose de Pacifique (pink) – Pink salmon/Humpback salmon Saumon rouge du Pacifique (sockeye) – Sockeye salmon/Red salmon Saumonette d’émissole – Dogfish/Rock salmon/Starry smooth-hound/Speckled smooth-hound/Common smooth-hound Saupe – Salema porgy/Dreamfish/Cow bream

Scorpène - Scorpionfish Sébaste – Red bream Sébaste du Pacifique – Pacific Ocean perch Silure - Catfish Sole – Comon sole Sole blonde - Sand sole Sole commune – Dover sole Sole perdrix – Thickback sole/Bastard sole/ Lucky sole Sole tropicale – Tongue sole Spirlin – Chub Sprat – European sprat

T ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tacaud – Whiting/Pouting Tacaud Norvégian – Norway pouting Tambour – Croaker/Drumegian Tanche – Tench Tassergal – Bluefish Thon albacore – Yellowfin tuna Thon germon – Albacore Thonine – Little tunny Thon – Tuna Thon rouge – Bluefin tuna Tilapia – Nile tilapia Tombe – Gurnard Trigle – Gurnard Truite – Rainbow trout Tassergal Truite arc en ciel – Rainbow trout Truite fario – Brown trout Turbot – Turbot

V ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vielle – Ballan wrasse Vivaneau à queue jaune – Yellowtail snapper Vivaneau bourgeois – Emperor red snapper Vivaneau de mangrove – Mangrove red snapper Vivaneau job – Green jobfish Vivaneau maori – Blubberlip snapper Vivaneau rouge – Southern red snapper Vivaneau têtu – Humphead snapper/ Blood-red snapper Vive – Greater weever Voilier – Sailfish/Billfish/Blue Marlin

Handy phrases for the fish counter Bonjour, je voudrais [un poisson] s’il vous plaît. Good morning, I would like to buy (a fish), please. Bonjour, je vais vous prendre un flétan s’il vous plaît. Good morning, I would like a halibut, please. Est-ce que vous pouvez me le préparer s’il vous plaît? Can you clean the fish for me, please? In France, this expression covers scaling, gutting and deboning the fish. And you’ll usually be presented with the fish head.

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From a simple and satisfying pasta with grilled artichokes to a fillet of cod over bright pea purée, these dishes show off the best of fresh produce available this time of the year

Sautéd cod with pea cream purée


Buttery cod is accented with a creamy pea purée and crushed mustard seeds INGREDIENTS • 1kg boneless, skinless cod fillets, cut into 5cm chunks • 1 tbsp mustard seeds, lightly crushed • 4 tbsp unsalted butter • 2 shallots, finely chopped • 3½ cups fresh or frozen, thawed peas • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste • 2/3 cup of half-and-half half * █ Do you have a recipe • 2 tbsp olive oil you’d like to share? The more • Roughly chopped dill to garnish * You can replace one cup of half-and-half with 1 tbsp of melted butter plus enough milk to equal one cup.

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1: Sprinkle cod evenly with mustard seeds and marinate in the fridge for two hours. 2: Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until soft. Add peas, a of cup water and salt and pepper. Cover partially with lid and cook until sauce is reduced (about ten minutes). Set sauce aside and keep warm. 3: Purée ¾ cup of the peas, half-and-half and salt and pepper in a food processor. Transfer to a saucepan and keep warm over a low heat. 4: Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cod and cook, turning once, until golden brown (about four minutes). Season with salt. 5: Divide pea purée among six serving plates and top with cod. Spoon over the sauce and garnish with dill. Serves six.

Spaghetti with grilledi artichokes Grilled lemon chicken salad If you’ve never thrown fresh lemons on the grill, try it. The slight edge of burning intensifies their tartness and they look great

Baby artichokes dressed with olive oil and garlic take centre stage in this lemony dish METHOD 1: Put artichokes, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and six cups water in a large saucepan. Boil, reduce heat and simmer until crisp-tender (about five minutes). Drain artichokes, transfer to a bowl, toss with 4 tbsp oil and salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Place artichokes cut side down on grill pan and cook until tender (about six minutes per side). Return grilled artichokes to the bowl, cover with clingfilm and set aside. 2: Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and add pasta. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente (about six minutes). Drain pasta, reserving one cup of the pasta water, and set aside. Heat the remaining oil and 3 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chilli flakes and garlic and cook, stirring, until garlic is soft. Add remaining lemon juice along with zest, cooked pasta, and ½ cup parmesan and toss together, adding reserved pasta water as needed to create a smooth sauce. Stir in remaining butter and parsley and season with salt and pepper. 3: To serve, divide pasta evenly between four bowls and top with artichokes. Garnish with parmesan and parsley. Serves four.


INGREDIENTS • 450g (about ten) baby artichokes with stems, trimmed and halved lengthwise, tough outer leaves discarded • Zest and juice of one lemon • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste • 225g spaghetti • 4 tbsp unsalted butter • 1/4 tsp crushed red chilli flakes • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

1: Grate 2 tsp of lemon rinds. Halve lemons cross-wise and reserve. Combine rind, oregano, canola oil and garlic in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. 2: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper. Add chicken to pan and cook for five minutes each side or until done. Add lemon halves to pan, cut sides down and cook for four minutes. Remove chicken and lemons from pan. Cut chicken into slices. 3: Coat asparagus and spring onions with cooking spray and add to pan. Cook until charred and tender, tuning occasionally, Cut asparagus and green onions into 5cm pieces. 4: Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, olive oil and vinegar in a large bowl. Add asparagus, green onions and rocket and toss together. Serve with the chicken and lemon halves. Serves four.

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INGREDIENTS • 2 medium lemons • 1½ tbsp chopped fresh oregano • 1½ tbsp canola oil (or peanut oil) • 2 tsp minced garlic • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts • Cooking spray • 3/4 tsp salt, divided • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided • 450g thin asparagus • 8 spring onions, trimmed • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 ½ tbsp white wine vinegar • 1 small packet of rocket



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It’s all in the name... Packaging is vital in the war to attract customers, so you might think a food company would go that extra mile to make sure their product name isn’t ridiculed or enough to turn people away. Some of these are obvious translation failures – surely that hot drink isn’t straight from a public toilet? – so if you ever see one of these foods, give it a try. You won’t be an immoral woman just because you eat Soup for Sluts!









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Bel Air Homes - About us Bel Air Homes is a fully French registered and insured estate agency, and a member of FNAIM (Fédération Nationale de l’Immobilier), the national association of estate agents. We offer our clients a full bilingual estate agency service in English, or French. We are not property finders, or a property portal. Every property in our sales portfolio has been visited by us so that we can take a full range of photos, and gather the relevant information to enable us to prepare a description. Vendors benefit from our proactive marketing campaign, advice, and help, which is all absolutely FREE. We do not ask for exclusivity when selling a property, as we believe that exclusivity only limits the exposure of a property to potential buyers. Local and international potential buyers searching for property in Brittany cannot miss our publicity, wherever they are in the world! Buyers benefit from our low commission rate, plus our experience and knowledge of the local property market, from the moment they first contact us. We help all the way through the buying process, from the selection of suitable properties according to search criteria, to viewings, negotiations, and sales contracts. We can also help with structural surveys, mortgages, setting up bank accounts, subscribing to insurance, connecting to services, creating accounts with the utility companies, and good deals on currency exchange if required. By responding to all questions from vendors, buyers, notaires, and helping wherever necessary, we aim to make the process of buying and selling properties as trouble-free and smooth as possible for our clients.

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# Property

When image is everything Many expats in France are considering selling their property or are already actively on the market, some using estate agents, some Notaires and others going it alone. Whichever route they choose, says Dan Newton, there’s no denying that projecting the right image of your home is paramount. Everyone selling their home wants to do it in the shortest possible time and at a good price, but there’s no easy answer to what the best way is. Back in the late Eighties, when the English first started to show an software creates a 3D interest in property in Matterport as if you were actually there Brittany, the job was a lot easier than it is now. Advertising was limited and there was no Internet. When the fax machine came out, we thought it was a godsend, until you tried to fax a photo and just got a large blotch. We got around that by doing line drawings of each house! Technology and marketing techniques move on, of course, and are now a major part of selling your house, and therefore important in your choice of agent, notary, etc. Imagery is not just the photos themselves, but encapsulates setting the scene, the different photo techniques and virtual imaging. These days anyone selling a property in the UK or the States is accustomed to having professional quality photos, drone shots, floorplans, virtual tours etc. Gone are the days of just grabbing a few quick shots with your smartphone or compact camera. For the photos, professionals now use wide-angle lenses to allow you to see more of a room, as opposed to perhaps an artistic view of a vase of flowers. For UK and USAspec photos, professionals also use a technique called High Dynamic Range. It involves taking several shots at different exposures, then blending them together to have an image closer to the human eye perception, in that there are no bright or dark areas, no burnout or shadowy corners. There is also drone photography, which is more complicated in France because you need a costly licence to use one, but drones can be a great addition to more conventional advertising by getting that shot of a house you can’t get on the ground or by filming the property in its own environment. Virtual tours have become very popular over the past few years. Until recently they were composed of very wide-angle photos with lots of distortion, or computer-generated 3D images that never really did a property justice. This has


immersive tour of the property so you can move around

recently changed with the arrival on the French market of Matterport. These cameras are designed to scan the interior of your home. The software stitches all of the still images together and creates a 3D immersive tour of the home. It literally scans your property so you can move around as if you were actually there. Unfortunately, getting such ‘imagery’ done for your property is not that easy. I don’t know of any notary that uses any of the above techniques. Then there are the agents themselves and, to be honest, many don’t even have a DSLR camera, let alone a wide-angle lens. Saying that, however, any agent that does pay attention to his photos will generally show an interest in the other imaging techniques. And obviously, if you want to do your own marketing you’ll know what you are capable of. Fortunately, there are a few companies in France that can provide these services at a reasonable price – around €70-€150 for a photo shoot, €250-€450 for a virtual tour and around €350 for a drone shot. Obviously, I wouldn’t necessarily advise anyone to get all of these done, but I would insist on getting a photo shoot if your chosen agent doesn’t do it or you don’t have the necessary skills. There are many companies, like OuiFlash, Myphotoagency or Meero, offering a photo shoot service. There are some agents that do use these techniques and can save you a great deal of money, so it’s well worth checking out with any eventual agent which services they provide. With thanks to Dan Newton Agence Newton 09 82 35 70 69 www.agencenewton.com

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Lucky lady or seriously bad omen? Stewardess and nurse Violet Jessop was 21 when she joined the White Star Line’s ship Olympic in 1910 and was on board a year later when it collided with HMS Hawke. Both ships were badly damaged but made it back to port and Violet escaped injury. A couple of years later, the company was recruiting for crew aboard its unsinkable ship, Titanic. In 1912, it struck an iceberg and sank with the loss of more than 1500 lives, but Violet escaped in a lifeboat.

You’d think she might have had enough of ships by that time, but no. Just before World War One, she joined the Titanic’s sister ship, Britannic, as a nurse. You can guess what happened next. While in the Aegean Sea, the Britannic hit a mine planted by a German U-boat and quickly started to sink. No lifeboat was available this time, so Violet jumped overboard. ‘I leapt into the water but was sucked under the ship’s keel, which struck my head. I escaped but years later, when I went to my doctor because of a lot of headaches, he discovered I had once sustained a fracture of the skull.’ Violet went on to work on cruise ships for years without further mishaps and finally died in 1971 of heart failure at the ripe old age of 84.

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A California Highway Patrol officer arrested a driver after a brief chase and charged him with drunk driving. The officer’s suspicions were aroused when he saw the car tootling down the highway with half of a traffic light pole – including the lights – lying across its bonnet. The driver had hit the pole and just kept on driving. When questioned by the cop about the pole, the driver said: ‘It came with the car when I bought it.’ There’s a rare genetic condition, often referred to as Ondine’s Curse, in which the affected person completely stops breathing and could die any time they fall asleep. The condition is also known as congenital central hypoventilation syndrome, or CCHS, and is a rare, extreme form of sleep apnea. Treatment involves the use of a ventilator connected to a tracheostomy tube at the front of the throat whenever the affected individual goes to sleep, even during naps. Ondine’s Curse is named after a mythical story about a heartbroken water nymph who curses her unfaithful husband to stop breathing should he ever fall asleep again.

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Life in France: Living a dream Many of us move to France in search of a new adventure, be it for work, love, retirement or a complete change of lifestyle. The move is, however, a major life change.

• If you come to France with your partner, spending more time together than you are maybe used to can bring extra stress. Find ways to keep the relationship in good shape, such as making time for date nights. Don’t lose sight of your shared dream, but be honest with each other if the dream is turning into a nightmare for one of you. • If you move here with children, understand that their process of acculturation needs to take its own time, especially if they are older and had to leave friends behind, or if they are having to change school and language at a critical time in their education. Most of

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In my work as a long-experienced mental health counsellor and psychotherapist, I see many immigrants from the UK, USA and similar countries, who are dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, crisis, relationship problems and general adjustment concerns. Often, they have given up successful careers to make the move and find the transition hard on France is a beautiful country, steeped in many levels. rich culture and history, that offers the opportunity for a fresh start. But moving I also work with mixed-nationality here means we become outsiders who couples where a non-French person are trying to get established in a foreign has moved here for love and then country where we may not speak the finds himself or herself plunged into language well enough. French life with a French spouse and in-laws, and starts to feel increasingly France is as famous for its bureaucracy isolated and lacking in self-confidence. and frustratingly rigid rules as it is for In addition to all those challenges, many its wine and baguettes. Somewhere Brits in France have had to learn to live along the way, among the stress of with constant anxiety about their future adjustment and missing folks back status after Brexit. home, your renovation starts to go over budget, while you are living in chaos and Here are some quick self-care tips to battling with everyday problems such as help if you are finding the adjustment settling the kids in school and waiting for to life in France more challenging than that elusive Carte Vitale. expected:

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them ultimately make the transition much better than we do as adults. Give your kids constant reassurance and support during the transition and don’t be hurt if they ultimately decide to return to the ‘home country’ once their formal education is finished. Whatever you may be struggling with in terms of your psychological and emotional adjustment to life in France, if you find your well-being or significant relationships are being affected, then seek help. There are experienced mental health professionals here, such as myself, who can work with you in person or via video link such as Skype. Counselling is a confidential space with an objective person who is trained to help you get to the core of your problems and find the solutions that work for you. With thanks to: Julie Askew, PhD (Dr Jules) Counsellor and psychotherapist Email: dr.julieaskew@gmail.com www.drjules.com

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# Assistance

It’s not the same in English! Living in a foreign land has its ups and downs and it’s no different here in France. The bureaucracy is a given, but language differences can also put a strain on everyday life. But every now and then something happens to put a smile on your face – whether it be an English face or a French one – as Valérie Roger points out. Working with the English language has always been my dream and now I’m fortunate to work with English people every day, helping them navigate the vagaries of the French system. And never a day goes by without some aspect of the language barrier making me laugh. I quickly learned that the English sense of humour is one which is very much part of the way you Brits communicate. Sarcasm, dry comments and the power of a raised eyebrow were all so alien to me when I first started doing this job that I didn’t know whether to be offended or amused. I was definitely confused!

But it’s the accidental results of people trying to translate something literally that have the most hilarious effects – for example, when a recent client had a problem with a plumber who had put a pipe into a wall from the ceiling above and then forgotten to continue it down to the outlet on the ground floor. The wall had been plastered and water began pouring into the wall from above. The result was an encounter between an understandably furious client and a typically laid-back plumber who had no intention of rectifying his mistake without payment. As far as he was concerned, he had done what he’d been asked to do and the fact something had got missing ‘in translation’ was the client’s fault and she should pay. When I arrived at the house, my client was, to put it mildly, incandescent with rage. As I walked up to her, I heard her scream at the plumber: “Je demande que vous me donniez une pipe et je ne paie pas un seul centime pour cela!’ The plumber froze, bouche bée (open-mouthed) and continued to stare in disbelief as she repeated her request – only much louder this time. She thought she had asked for him to install the pipe but, thanks to French slang, she had asked for free oral sex. At this point, a considerable crowd suddenly appeared around her, with plenty of people offering comments on how the plumber should proceed! Needless to say, after suggesting to the plumber that he might like to join the client and myself for coffee to resolve the situation – and explaining to my client that she had not actually got her point across – I managed to impress upon the plumber that it would be much better for his reputation if he just did the work and accepted it was his fault. As he was left with a story about the ‘crazy English’ to dine out on, he finally agreed. It was only much later I told my client what she had actually asked for…

However, as the years went by I soon realised there are just as many things about the ways in which the French communicate that cause no end of trouble to a native English speaker – namely French idioms and also the importance of pronunciation. I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has told me that they have got a sore bum (mal au cul, the French slang word for ass), when they really meant to say a sore throat (mal au cou). Or when they tried to tell me their name (‘mon nom est...’ ) when they were actually telling me about ‘their man’ by running the words ‘mon’ and ‘nom’ together and pronouncing the last consonant of ‘nom’ to make ‘mon homme…’.


I love the English. Instead of being embarrassed, she embraced the comedy in true English fashion and made sure all her friends got to hear about it. As far as she was concerned she got what she wanted in the end – and that’s all that mattered! Note: If you find yourself in the same situation as my client, ask for a tuyau and not a pipe! Better still, give me a call first. With thanks to Valérie Roger SOS Anglo 09 71 42 90 51 valerie@sosanglo.com www.sosanglo.com

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Tablets and phones Q: What is a tablet? A: It’s a touch-screen device that comes in various sizes, from around 6in to 12in and is available with three main operating systems. Q: What is the best tablet or phone to buy? A: Often it comes down to price or personal preference. Apple: Expensive devices, good app store and regulated. Android: A price range for everyone. The app store is huge but unregulated. Windows 10: The tablet can do the same things as your PC. App store has poor content. Many people have a Windows-based computer and then buy an iPad and an Android phone. This can lead to confusion! Q: What are the differences between different brands of tablets and phones? A: The biggest is price, then personal preference. With phones, there is budget, mid-range and high-end/contract. Budget are mainly Androids and a few Windows 10 ones around €100. Mid-range are Android, Windows 10 and refurbished iPhones, at around €300. High-end/contract phones are around €600-plus and will be the latest models of Android, Windows 10 and iPhones. Price is not the best way to tell which phone is best, though there are some good budget phones. Check reviews. What do you want your phone for? All smart phones can make calls, text, email, web-browse and message. Some do it better than others, so it can be personal


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Finishing Touches / Beauty # LPG: Manufactured by Endermologie – the world leaders in slimming and body care – this is a totally different kind of machine to the Ionithermie. The LPG works by sucking the skin and loosening the fat cells. That reactivates those cells and transforms them into toxins, which are then eliminated through the body. One downside is that you have to wear a rather un-sexy outfit that helps to grab the skin and prevent bruising! The two machines are similar in one aspect, however. They both eliminate body fat and toxins through sweat. Sessions on slimming machines like these can come at a price. They work out at roughly €550 for ten sessions, which should include various home-care products like slimming creams. It’s not cheap, but the results are there for all to see. I have had clients lose up to 12cms from around their waist after just one course! As I mentioned earlier, with a slimming machine you are more likely to lose centimetres rather than weight. For weight loss I recommend a healthy lifestyle and good eating. I’m not saying diet, just eat better and get plenty of exercise. Have you tried Zumba? I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I

went to a class – so many ladies of all shapes and sizes shaking their booty! Not only do you sweat big-time, but you also have fun. If dancing’s not your thing, don’t worry. There are loads of different classes around for things like indoor sports or swimming or running. Ask at your local community centre or gymnasium and they’ll find the activity that best suits you. Once you have finished your slimming machine course, it doesn’t end there. You should always follow up at least once a month with either another session on the machine or by using those home-care products. It’s also a mental thing. If you are paying out hard-earned cash you will be careful. But once the course is finished it can be so easy to lapse back into how things were before. So carry on slimming. Don’t switch off the machine! With thanks to Kirsty Dixon Un brin de beauté Email: kirstydixon7@hotmail.com Tel: 02 33 60 95 32/ 06 76 47 71 59 www.unbrindebeaute-brecey.com

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# Sports & Leasure / Motoring

French Classics

Citroën DS (1955-1975)

A magic carpet ride In 1955, Ford had the Zodiac Mk1 and Austin the A90 Westminster. Then Citroën unveiled the DS and those conventionally engineered big saloons were instantly rendered obsolete. As well is its aerodynamic and futuristic looks, the DS was technically innovative and remained in production for 20 years. When it first started rolling off the production line it was hailed as one of the most advanced models of its time, shocking and impressing onlookers in equal measure. It was front-wheel drive (a novelty at the time) and featured hydro-pneumatic self-levelling suspension (start the car and feel it rise elegantly into position, with the ride height adjustable from inside) and power assistance for the steering and brakes. The height-adjustable system allowed a tyre to be changed without using a jack. Ensuring the best possible contact with the road helped it grip well – something proven when the Citroën twice won the famous Monte Carlo Rally, in 1959 with an ID19 and in 1966 with a DS21. There were disc front brakes and rack-and-pinion steering and road-holding was exceptional for the time as well; a driving experience so smooth it was like being on a magic carpet. Plus an oh-so-sleek design and eye-catching details. Nothing on the market could compete. The Citroën’s complexity meant it was expensive to manufacture, so three years after the DS’s launch Citroën introduced a simplified and less expensive model – the ID – to sell alongside the DS, which did away with some of the technology. The ID19 was a DS19 without the hydraulic steering, brakes or gearbox, a detuned engine, simplified braking and a less luxurious interior – cloth trim rather than leather, for example. All DS and ID models had a four-cylinder engine and came in 1911cc (carried over from the Traction Avant), 1985cc, 2175cc and 2347cc options with either four-speed or five-speed gearboxes. Some came with a conventional transmission

Citroën DS Chapron from 1961


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and others with a hydraulically actuated gearchange. The DS models ranged in power from the DS19 (75bhp and 86mph), to the DS20(103bhp, 105mph), DS21 (109bhp, 115mph) to the DS23 Efi (141bhp, 119mph). The DS was built at Slough for the UK market from 1956, with a few special features like leather seats, a wooden dashboard and Lucas electrics. Just over 8000 cars were built there before the end of 1964. Paris-built cars were finished at Slough during 1965 and then, after April 1966, the cars were imported fully built from Paris, or occasionally from the Brussels factory.

cabriolets produced by French coachbuilder Henri Chapron. In 2015, a 1967 DS21 example fetched £146,297 at auction and today sellers ask for £160,000-plus. The Citroën DS remains one of the most extraordinary cars ever built and still turns heads today. It was nicknamed the Goddess (Déesse) and that was entirely justified because its spaceship looks made it seem to be from another world. No other car looked like a DS, drove like a DS or attracted attention like a DS. And the same can be said today, more than 60 years on.

From 1967, the original ‘frog’s-eye’ headlamps gave way to quad lamps behind glass and these swivelled with the steering to light the way round corners. Prices can vary tremendously. A typical non-runner can start from between £5000 and £10,000. Working cars start from around £10,000 and climb to around £25,000 depending on condition, though nut-and-bolt restorations can fetch much more. The rarer Break (estate) models are around £20,000 for a clean example. Most valuable are the Décapotable

Citroën DS Pallas

The great escape The DS’s famous ride quality remained the same even with a punctured tyre – as French President Charles de Gaulle found out during an assassination attempt in Paris in 1962. As the presidential Citroën DS sped through the capital’s streets, 12 gunmen opened fire with a hail of bullets, killing two motor cycle bodyguards, shattering the car’s rear window and puncturing all four tyres. The car went into a frontwheel skid but the chauffeur managed to control it and escape, all thanks to the car’s superior suspension system. De Gaulle and his wife were unhurt.

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# Sports & Leasure / Gardening

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Admittedly they are not usually the flashiest of performers, but from pots on windowsills, to an old wheelbarrow or cartwheel filled with herbs, to a living tapestry of herbs in a border wafting scent and full of insects, or a field of lavender in flower, herb gardening takes some beating. In my garden, culinary herbs predominate. With the strains of Scarborough Fair in my head, I can pick to my heart’s content. Parsley (persil ): Sow seed in spring and pick leaves regularly. It may survive mild winters, but will usually self-seed. Sage (sauge): Perennial and available in several colours. Rosemary (romarin): A hardy perennial which is already in flower. And thyme (thym): A hardy perennial which comes with a range of different scents.

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Sports & Leasure / Gardening # You now already have sufficient herbs to make a bouquet garni, a standard of French cuisine traditionally made with parsley, thyme and bayleaf (feuille de laurier), but other herbs can be added. Other useful hardy culinary herbs include chervil (cerfeuil), a perennial propagated from seed; tarragon (estragon), a perennial from cuttings; savory (sarriette), a perennial; and oregano/marjoram (marjolaine). Particularly if lamb is on the menu, you ought to have mint (menthe). It’s a hardy perennial, the varieties of which have so many different scents and flavours (spearmint is traditional for the sauce). However, mint comes with a warning: common varieties are ‘thugs’ which will attempt to take over your garden (or the world!).

A herb garden will generally attract a range of butterflies as well as other beneficial insects, with dill (aneth), oregano (origan), thyme, borage (bourrache), catmint (cataire), chives (ciboulette), hyssop (hysope) and lavender (lavande) all being popular. Most of the herbs already mentioned are beefriendly as well, and you could add monarda (monarde ecarlate) as its common name is bee balm, as well as feverfew (grande camomille) – a self-seeder with garden domination tendencies – and lemon balm (mélisse).

A couple of annual culinary herbs that deserve a mention are basil (basilic) where purple and green go well together, and coriander (coriandre). Give the latter a bit of shade for its leaves, but make things hot and dry for its seeds. Both basil and coriander are easily raised from seed sown in the spring. Fennel (fenouil) - the herb not the vegetable – has a tendency to self-seed almost invasively. It’s another recommended culinary perennial in both purple and green but, perhaps even more important, it is a preferred host plant for swallowtail butterflies.

The latter two also come under the heading of ‘medicinal herbs’ and herbs have been used, for example, in Ayurvedic medicine in India for 3000 years for teas, tinctures, creams, gargles, syrups and sweets. I’m a keen gardener and cook, but not a herbalist, so more qualified advice should be sought if your interest lies there.

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Enter the dragon…

Migrant Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna mixta)

Flying insects can, quite literally, be a real pain. Wasps and bees sting, mosquitoes bite and flies… well, they do just about anything disgusting. But there’s something quite magical about dragonflies and damselflies... Walk along a river bank, or beside a lake or even a garden pond on a sunny day and you’re almost certain to be rewarded with the spectacular sight of a dragonfly or damselfly. These amazing insects have a long history and modern species are almost identical to ancestors that flew over prehistoric forests some 300 million years ago. Some were real giants, with wingspans of up to 70cm! Today’s species are tiny by comparison, but are still large and spectacular enough to capture the attention. Riveting to watch, their iridescent bodies and acrobatic skills provide a fascinating spectacle. Of all the aquatic insects, dragonflies and damselflies are surely the best known. A few are instantly recognisable, but there are 100 or so species in France and some of them are now very rare. Often referred to collectively as just ‘dragonflies’, damselflies (Zygoptera) and dragonflies (Anisoptera) are two distinct groups of the insect order known as Odonata, meaning ‘toothed jaws’. At first glance they seem very similar – delicate wings, long body and big eyes – but on closer inspection a few key characteristics will help you tell them apart. Dragonflies are generally larger than damselflies, are stronger fliers and can often be found well away from water. Their hind wings are usually shorter and wider than the front wings and at rest the wings are held open, much like an aeroplane. They have large eyes – occupying most of the head – that are very close together, often touching. Damselflies are small, delicate-looking, with a weak flight and often stay close to water. Their hind wings and >>p46

Common emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa)

Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)

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<<p45 front wings are roughly the same size and shape and at rest they are held closed along the body (except for the Emerald damselfly, which holds its wings half-open). The eyes are always separated, never touching, and positioned on either side of the head. These creatures of the sun may be seen on any warm day between April and October, but most commonly at the height of summer. The distinctive colours of the adults make it relatively easy to tell one species from another. However, their colours change as they mature. When dragonflies and damselflies first emerge from the water, most have very muted colours and it can take several days before they gain their brilliant adult appearance. Common blue damselflies, for example, are often a pale pinkish-brown rather than sky-blue when they first appear as adults. Most of a dragonfly’s or damselfly’s life – perhaps as much as 95% of it – is spent in the water. The eggs, which are usually laid underwater, develop into larvae from which flying adult insects eventually emerge. The whole process may be completed within six months, but for most species it takes one or two years. In contrast to the larvae, the adults are generally short-lived. While in the water, the larvae undergo a series of moults as they grow. Once a larva is ready to become an adult, it leaves the water by crawling up a plant stem or twig and then undergoes its final moult – the skin of the larva splitting to release the winged adult. You may find these discarded skin casts, called ‘exuviae’, on vegetation by the edge of your pond: clear evidence that dragonflies and Emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator) damselflies have bred there. Once the young adults have matured and gained their full colours – a process which may take a couple of weeks – the male and female are ready to breed. Males use claspers at the end of their bodies to grab a female and the couples fly in tandem while they mate. After mating, the female lays her eggs, either alone or while still in tandem with the male. The females of some species deposit eggs directly into the water, while others insert individual eggs into leaves, stalks or pieces of rotting wood that may be floating on the water surface. Depending on the species, the eggs hatch after few weeks or months. After transforming from an underwater nymph to flying adult – but before becoming sexually mature – young adults may spend a week or more away from the water. During this period, the larger dragonfly species can travel several kilometres away to feed on flying insects. This is the reason you might see dragonflies in your garden even if you don’t have a pond nearby. The Odonata definitely don’t die of old age. They live just long enough to mature and reproduce. Small damselflies live only for a couple of weeks as flying adults, while larger dragonflies can fly for three or four weeks but seldom for longer than a few months. Many die from accidents or predation. Odonata are unable to hunt in poor weather and large numbers simply starve during those times.

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Mini mag 48p 04 2018  

Magazine in English for North West France

Mini mag 48p 04 2018  

Magazine in English for North West France