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  • I agree that this is a complicated landscape. My point is that it is stupid that the self-employed should pay proportionally more per head than the employed and, I guess, by extension, that working people who are […]

  • And AEs pay less than individuals set up as companies who aren’t allowed to be AEs. Too complicated by far!!!

  • Precisely. The inability to call a tax a tax is quite astonishing. And yes, I am also paying several times over for my healthcare – via Eadred and via regular employment… And I am perfectly happy to pay a […]

  • Yes, you are right, Frank. Teaching should not be paid in classroom hours because it’s impossible to do well without loads of prep… But yes, there is your pension…

  • That’s it: I want to pay my share, and I am happy that we should pay more as a family if we earn more. However, paying more just because I am self-employed is really rather frustrating. And we can afford it, […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 5 days, 8 hours ago

    No! Brazil cannot have more bureaucracy than France! ARGHARGH. I’m glad you like my franglais. It is my most comfortable medium! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 5 days, 8 hours ago

    It did, thank you, which is just as well because the thought of getting her to consume cranberry juice was making me slightly panicky. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 5 days, 8 hours ago

    Thank you Alan! I have not been quite as consistent as I would have liked to have been lately. But I am remedying that today. Much love to you.

  • He has been hailed around the world as the President who will, enfin, rescue the French economy from mounting unemployment and ballooning costs for employers. In many parts of France, however, Emmanuel Macron’s p […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    You have got it made!!!!! I have no complaints on quality but my goodness, think how EXCELLENT the health care could be if the system made a few simple efficiency improvements…

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    She is thanks, but yes, presumably the doctor doesn’t have the specific wee stick training…?

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    You’re quite right to distinguish between the routine and the non-emergency niggle. Anything medium term and you really have to want it to get there in the end. It amazes me how so many French people survive being […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Oh my goodness! They required lesson plans! What a stress. No wonder lesson plans are unvarying in France… Thanks for stopping by.

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 1 month ago

    Hello and thanks for reading. Yes, I think that when it is something serious the system is great, but for anything more routine it’s a bit of a faff frankly. And how French people can be quite so addicted to […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 1 month ago

    Thank you Anne. You are absolutely right and I have heard many sad things about the NHS since I left, and even before I left I had to be on the phone at 7am to get an emergency appointment with my GP for the same […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 1 month ago

    Oh yes. Group therapy!

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 1 month ago

    I think we went through this, too… you need a copy of your marriage certificate dated within six months, plus your a copy of birth certificate (ditto), plus a note of explanation. Then you might still have to […]

  • Emily commented on the post, Step by step 1 month ago

    She is better, thanks. (I should add “nobody has been harmed in the making of this post” to the bottom each time…).

  • You’re quite right Phoebe, that there is no reason to live somewhere and bash it all the time. I think living in another country is a strange experience: you love it, possibly even more because you are not OF it, […]

  • Emily wrote a new post, Step by step 1 month ago

    Many of the friends I have made since moving to France have the good fortune not to work. Despite this, when I see them, they are usually a bit speed, and sometimes quite stressée. Don’t get me wrong: I number am […]

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