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    bubbles1
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    @manouche wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

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    @yorkiedownsouthwest wrote:

    Go on – tell me that’s not said by folk over here – I’ve certainly heard it … and indeed subscribe to it.

    Lord preserve us from coming to live here and having to play Brit bingo!

    I’m going for a lie-down now! :)

    Stuart

    Totally unfair judgement. Without in anyway wanting to appear racist, I see no Wembley, Southall, Slough, Bradford, or Leeds etc etc, just a few French villages that have a fair smatterings of Brits, of which, none of the villages have changed their “Frenchness”
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    Not been to Eymet recently then?

    Anyway, it isn’t the scale of something that matters, it’s the attitude that counts.

    Not for 12 years but sometime around 20 years ago, we thought of buying a house there, as it is a lovely town in a lovely part of the Dordogne. So I am not surprised that some Brits have ended up there.

    I saw a reportage on France 1 a few years ago on Eymet. They said that it had been taken over by the British and it was a fact that there were more British People living there than French. Hardly a smattering.

    After the said programme me and OH went over there to have a nose round, as you do, and it is a pretty town, it was a shame it was so dirty. Dont know why but there was litter all over the place and loads of dog poo around. We asked the local baker if there had been a fete or something the day before and he said NO and asked why we had enquired. This was about 5 years or so ago and we havent been back.

    Having said that, it they are happy living in “Little Britian” living an English life here in France fine by me. NIMBY :lol:


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    I said a “fair smattering” and you have taken it out of context. It was said as such in comparison to the English towns and their immigrants.

    A friend who still lives close to Eymet told me not that long ago that he was told there was around 300, or so Brits, that lived full time and more with second homes out of around 2700 inhabitants. Whether that is still so, I cannot say but certainly it wasn’t more Brits than French then but then like the BBC, there is of course a poetic licence for TF1 to enhance a programme in the “best” way it can to make it newsworthy.

    As for dog poo, it seems it’s a feature in much of France to be honest.

    What did the baker answer, when you told him why you had asked?


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    @manouche wrote:


    As for dog poo, it seems it’s a feature in much of France to be honest.

    Agreed! We get very strange looks from the French when we use dog poo bags to clear up after ours.

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    My French OH said that there seemed to be a lot of litter around the main square and the Baker just shrugged his shoulders and hoped we would come back!


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    What! and he didn’t blow a raspberry?


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    Why should he!


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    Well he shrugged his shoulders didn’t he, so the natural thing is to pair it up with a raspberry………….


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    @manouche wrote:

    A friend who still lives close to Eymet told me not that long ago that he was told there was around 300, or so Brits, that lived full time and more with second homes out of around 2700 inhabitants. Whether that is still so, I cannot say but certainly it wasn’t more Brits than French then but then like the BBC, there is of course a poetic licence for TF1 to enhance a programme in the “best” way it can to make it newsworthy.

    And yet a French property website (trying to convince people that Eymet is not a Brit ghetto) says,

    “Eymet is a village of around 2,700 inhabitants. About 900 of them are British. “

    A third doesn’t seem to me to be a smattering.


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    When looking for property in France in 2007 we visited some friends living near Eymet. They introduced us to an agent who proudly announced to us that the inhabitants of Eymet were 25% Brits in the winter and 45% in the summer.

    Funny, but none of the properties appealed after hearing that :lol:


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    @kathyc wrote:

    @manouche wrote:

    A friend who still lives close to Eymet told me not that long ago that he was told there was around 300, or so Brits, that lived full time and more with second homes out of around 2700 inhabitants. Whether that is still so, I cannot say but certainly it wasn’t more Brits than French then but then like the BBC, there is of course a poetic licence for TF1 to enhance a programme in the “best” way it can to make it newsworthy.

    And yet a French property website (trying to convince people that Eymet is not a Brit ghetto) says,

    “Eymet is a village of around 2,700 inhabitants. About 900 of them are British. “

    A third doesn’t seem to me to be a smattering.

    Nine hundred!! Is there no one on here that lives in Eymet and can tell us their side and perhaps what the reality of living in Eymet is all about? You know, something about the 900 mentioned who live there, do they all pile into Eymet regularly and have taken the “Frenchness” of the town away?

    Still never mind, the inverted snobbery that Brits can show never fails to amaze me. If a place is lovely, it will attract people to holiday and even live there. Many folks prefer to live where they know there will be “life” not everyone wants to live in an area, where not only no other Brits live but no one at all.

    Not my cup of tea, I personally don’t give a monkeys what people live where I have moved, in fact, in all our moves, I never thought to ask the Immo or Notaire of the towns/communes make up and how many Brits made up that number but there you go, obviously it counts for some. I wonder if they ever thought that they didn’t have to mix with Brits or anyone else if they didn’t want to :lol:


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    http://www.lexpress.fr/styles/voyage/eymet_485229.html

    Eymet, 2 672 âmes………………..
    En réalité, ils sont peut-être 200 ou 300 résidents permanents.

    This is from 2008, so things must have changed drastically, according to some figures being “reported” on here.

    Yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice…………. :lol:


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    @manouche wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    @manouche wrote:

    Nine hundred!! Is there no one on here that lives in Eymet and can tell us their side and perhaps what the reality of living in Eymet is all about? You know, something about the 900 mentioned who live there, do they all pile into Eymet regularly and have taken the “Frenchness” of the town away?

    I have stayed a couple of times with a friend in a village a few miles from Eymet, in his commune 40% of the population is British.

    Pretty much wherever I went in and around Eymet, shops, builders merchants, town market etc you could always hear English being spoken, it wasnt overpowering but for me who may hear one English voice a year it made my ears prick up.

    Overall I found it a charming place, I could almost say multi-cultural, bi-cultural at least and a tolerant ambience infinitely preferable to where I live.

    The French there are so used to hearing English or broken French spoken that they have developed a very good ear and the means to communicate with simple speech and gestes, I witnessed a guy in a builders merchant that was speaking fairly confidently in French, he looked to have been there a long long time but he didnt use any tenses and used the infinitive form of every verb, he was tolerated and understood though which really impressed me.


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    @manouche wrote:

    @kathyc wrote:

    @manouche wrote:

    A friend who still lives close to Eymet told me not that long ago that he was told there was around 300, or so Brits, that lived full time and more with second homes out of around 2700 inhabitants. Whether that is still so, I cannot say but certainly it wasn’t more Brits than French then but then like the BBC, there is of course a poetic licence for TF1 to enhance a programme in the “best” way it can to make it newsworthy.

    And yet a French property website (trying to convince people that Eymet is not a Brit ghetto) says,

    “Eymet is a village of around 2,700 inhabitants. About 900 of them are British. “

    A third doesn’t seem to me to be a smattering.

    Nine hundred!! Is there no one on here that lives in Eymet and can tell us their side and perhaps what the reality of living in Eymet is all about? You know, something about the 900 mentioned who live there, do they all pile into Eymet regularly and have taken the “Frenchness” of the town away?

    Still never mind, the inverted snobbery that Brits can show never fails to amaze me. If a place is lovely, it will attract people to holiday and even live there. Many folks prefer to live where they know there will be “life” not everyone wants to live in an area, where not only no other Brits live but no one at all.

    Not my cup of tea, I personally don’t give a monkeys what people live where I have moved, in fact, in all our moves, I never thought to ask the Immo or Notaire of the towns/communes make up and how many Brits made up that number but there you go, obviously it counts for some. I wonder if they ever thought that they didn’t have to mix with Brits or anyone else if they didn’t want to :lol:

    Why is it inverted snobbery not to want to live in an area with lots of Brits?

    If I’d wanted that I’d have stayed in the UK.


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    @kathyc wrote:


    Why is it inverted snobbery not to want to live in an area with lots of Brits?

    If I’d wanted that I’d have stayed in the UK.

    The point of coming to live in France is the love of its country, surely? I know we did.

    So to my mind it matters not a jot what the Nationality of the people is that I might speak with. I am living in France, so to me, that was the first reason and then we will speak to people we want to, be they Brits, or not.

    Nothing to do with your bizarre statement that if you had wanted to speak to a lot of Brits you would have stayed in the UK. You moved to France, hopefully due to your love of the place and then you wish only French to be around and not many Brits. Does it make it “more” French then, if there are no Brits about?

    No one said you should live in, or even near Eymet. My point is that there are people who look down their noses at those who live in Eymet, merely because supposedly there are too many of them. So frankly yes, I do place that in the inverted snobbery bracket.


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    French people and the French way of life is surely the love of which you speak Manouche.

    I can’t speak for Kathy, although I suspect we feel the same way, but for me to mix in an overwhelming degree with British people intent on maintaining their British way of life is not experiencing or enjoying the French way.

    Nothing to do with snobbery, inverted or otherwise.


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