Letters in February 2017



Regarding Le Pen’s refusal to testify: If Fillon can be forced to respond and more, why can’t she be forced as well? Not fair!


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Thank you very much for Ronnie Smith’s well articulated and accurate views re the French Presidential Election sofa.

Great piece!


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Mr. Smith may find that he ought to have included a photo of Hamon and some mention of his campaign. I was quite shocked by this omission, having lived in France for a very long time, being bilingual and well integrated into French society.


I am afraid that I may shock Maureen Johnson once more when I confirm that I do not think I ought to have written more about M. Benoit Hamon in my summary of the French Presidential election, published last week in Languedoc Living.

I suspect many readers will agree that the piece is quite long enough as it stands and I decided to focus on the candidates who, at the time of writing, appear to have the best chance of progressing to the second round of voting. I have nothing against M.Hamon just as I am personally indifferent to the campaigns of Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron and Francois Fillon but two of those three are more likely to figure in the run to the line.

Ronnie Smith

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We read the daily digest every day and love the range of stories. We always trust the accuracy so we feel the need to point out that Ryanair flies to Glasgow international from Carcassonne not Glasgow Prestwick as reported.


Thanks for pointing this out Brian, we corrected the article.

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Very pleased to hear about the award for the water, but La Verniere is actually in the commune of Les Aires, south of the Orb, although rumour has it that Lamalou-les Basins would love to have it!


Indeed, if you read the local press and see the vidoes, Lamalou-les-Bains has now ‘adopted’ Les Aires as their own, having snubbed them for many years! We made it clear in the article that the water is owned by Les Aires, thanks for pointing this out Jemma.

French nationality

Your article “Tips for getting french nationality” Feb 18 has a few errors and needs updating.

1. See appropriate links at https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/N111 for latest information.

2. Applying for nationality is not free – one has to submit ‘timbres fiscales’ to the value of €55.

3. One does not necessarily apply to one’s prefecture, e.g. for those living in the Lot and a few of the surrounding departments one applies to the prefecture in Toulouse. Links from the above website will direct one to the appropriate prefecture.

4. It seems that the procedure has been streamlined a bit since the beginning of 2017 as one initially sends one’s dossier to the appropriate prefecture for checking before arranging an interview. This saves a lot of bother and time. For example, I had to have two interviews as my first dossier was incomplete. TIP – Those who are naturalised Brits (or naturalised elsewhere) should provide their naturalisation document, as one’s P/P is not seen as sufficient proof of citizenship (I was told at my first interview!).

5. One does not have to have a certificate of proficiency in the language if one is over 60, although one is obviously interviewed in French and is “tested” in this way.

6. Important to note that the British and French currently allow dual nationality.

7. Its important to check the official website (above) regularly as procedures can change – as it did my case.


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On the subject of obtaining French Nationality – in Béziers there is a legal firm called Maison René Cassin, who offer a free vetting service for applications, the aim being to ensure that the documents are complete, and increase the chances of acceptance of the dossier. By appointment: 04 67 76 04 91. They are near the Béziers hospital, 6 rue Serge Gousseault.