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Wanting Their Cake…
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Wanting their Cake…

Phew! So the French presidential elections have reached a conclusion and I for one can breathe a sigh of relief.

For one thing, my life can get back to normal (whatever normal is). The reason being that although I’m not really a politically motivated person, my other half is and she’s been hell to live with recently.

She has good cause as, although being born in France, she is descended from an intriguing mountain dwelling tribe in Algeria and what with Sarkozy’s recent attitudes towards foreigners she’s been imagining all sorts of threats to her future existence here.

Here’s another thing: N. Sarkozy’s xenophobia doesn’t limit itself to North Africans and the like. I get the impression that he doesn’t like anyone who isn’t pure thorough-bred Francais (which is pretty rich, bearing his own background in mind).

People like me for instance.

Wanting their cake and eating it. Or, as the French say: “Wanting the butter and the price of the butter”. By this I mean that “Sarko” had promised that no foreigners would have the right to vote in French elections no matter what their residential circumstances were in this country.

Now hang on a minute! It seems that the French authorities are quite willing (and able) to extract whatever kind of tax they can from me but won’t give me the right to have a say in the matter.

What’s wrong with this picture? Well, it’s totally one-sided isn’t it? I’ve only just managed recently to win the right to a Carte Vitale after five years (to the day, I believe) of administration back and forth, endless interviews and appointments.

My original point was that I had invested my miniscule inheritance of 120 thousand euros into the French economy but that just seemed to wind them up the wrong way – bad mistake.

This vital card gives me basic rights to health and social security etc. Before this, I was a non-entity; invalid and non-existent (except from the tax-extraction point of view of course).

As I said, I’m not a political animal and my French isn’t that good so have had to rely on my girlfriend’s interpretation of things which is definitely not unbiased!

However, I have been closely following the run up with the English slant on things, in an attempt of getting the (presumed) impartial opinion from BBC Radio 4 and it seemed that although a close-run thing, it was in favour of Francois Hollande being the eventual victor.

Well, close-run it was and victor he was so it remains to be seen how the future pans out.

Now then, can someone please pass me a small slice of that cake, preferably with a morsel of butter on it.


Street Talk

You can have your cake and eat it too? Cool!

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  about 1 decade ago

Your title had me flashing to the article CAKE some one said, I understand the sentiments as explained in the article, it sounds to me you should leave things in your other half's hands and let her handle your situation. The next French revolution may not be so far off.

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  about 1 decade ago

I think you may be right there Rob, "Let them eat cake!"

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for all your comments, I'm thinking of putting a sort of Anglo/French website together.

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  about 1 decade ago

Like that idea Kim. Interesting concept!

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  about 1 decade ago

Enjoyed your article Kim, I think I'm with Heather on this one!

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Haha, vive la France! My niece, a francophile, recently traveled to France with her intended for the purpose of finding a farm in southern France and thus making an investment in real estate. Well, after talking to a few natives and foreign residents, she changed her mind 180 degrees. She said as rough as things are in the states these days, we still have more say over our properties. The political climate in the US these days is electric. Can't avoid politics even if you want to because of all the crazy legislation. Big election coming up. We'll see. You can always come here to live next. Language is no barrier. Thanks for the fascinating article Kim.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the offer Joan, may well do!

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  about 1 decade ago

At least you won't have to listen to the politics for a while. We (Americans) are stick with the daily rhetoric until November. I enjoyed the article.

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  about 1 decade ago

Poor you John and bon courage as they say here!

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  about 1 decade ago

Aaaahhh... the French. The only country I traveled to in Europe that made me feel awkward to be an English speaker. They're a breed unto themselves the world over it seems.

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  about 1 decade ago

Hi Heather and Penny, personally I feel a bit sorry for the French, being bombarded with so much English specially on the Internet although I believe the French-Canadians are trying harder to cling onto their language but for how much longer? Thanks for your comments.

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  about 1 decade ago

I must say that having a Canadian husband I was refraining from mentioning them.....

  
  about 1 decade ago
AnnMarie  

Although it seems rather unfair to expect you to contribute with no vote I wish the US was more rigid along those lines...like if you don't contribute you shouldn't get a vote!

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  about 1 decade ago

Or icing? Best wishes learning French! THanks for an update on your corner. Interesting...

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  about 1 decade ago

Or even jam, or jelly I think you call it... just make sure it's strawberry flavoured!

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  about 1 decade ago

Dont even want to start talking politics Kim. I say we all fire them, move to an island in the south pacific, and start all over!!

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  about 1 decade ago

I don't normally get into politics either Wayne but just occasionally...and I agree with your sentiments entirely. An old joke: "What do you call a hundred politicians at the bottom of the sea?" A: "A good start!" Nuff said my friend.

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  about 1 decade ago
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