My son made these snowmen and it reminded me of this painting.
French Food Traditions
Au Vieux Fournil is at it again. Their Galette du Rois this year have fèves that are reproductions of old postcards of La Roche sur Foron. Last year it was photos of the town this year it’s ten yesteryear postcards. The fèves show how La Roche sur Foron has and hasn’t changed.
The Clearstream verdict is in (see October 2009 Newsletter 'Clearstream Affair'). Former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was found not guilty of manipulating the Clearstream investigation to harm French President Nicolas Sarkozy. De Villepin, even if he has never held elected office is seen as a possible rival to Sarkozy in the 2012 Presidential elections. Without even saying he is running some polls show de Villepin getting about 8% of the vote. In the same polls Sarkozy is running at about 30%. That’s a big difference but it’s possible the Sarkozy vs. de Villepin dual could divide the right. Ever since the 2002 Presidential election the right has taken advantage of a divided left. Sarkozy vs. de Villepin could shatter, if not destroy that advantage. The fact that de Villepin was found not guilty is seen as a defeat for Sarkozy and puts de Villepin back in the spotlight.
Never too Early
With taxes that is. If you want to get the jump on your tax filing I work with two American accountants – Barron Harper and Liz Zitzow who specialize in serving the American expatriate community, in France or other countries. I also work with two accounting firms - Property Tax International and French Tax Online who can help with your French returns. Property Tax International offers a special for American in France readers. Barron Harper has articles on Americans in France.
B&B/Gîte in Normandy, France: The Haven is a small English-run guest house in rural Normandy, France, offering B&B and Gîte (Self-Catering) accommodation. We have renovated an attractive old stone farmhouse, to provide comfortable accommodation, whilst retaining many of the original features. The house is in an elevated and peaceful setting, south-facing, with an acre of garden and beautiful views. It is situated on the outskirts of a small hamlet, in unspoiled, rolling countryside, halfway between St Lo and Mont St Michel. The nearest market town is Villedieu-les-Poeles, less than 15 minutes drive away, and the Normandy Landing Beaches are about an hours drive away.