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Re: A higher levef of French needed to take Nationality

Yes, to me it is all about being disenfranchised.  I'm beginning to realise how the sufragettes felt when I watch this current president and his hangers on and can't do much about it.  Yes, I know that many people don't believe a vote counts for a lot - certainly not a lone one, but if we all felt that way then I dread to think who'd end up in charge.  I will now descend from my (other) soap box.
"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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Re: A higher levef of French needed to take Nationality

Coops you've reminded me of a tale told by a friend who couldn't get her income tax sorted while she was living and working in the USA.
Remembering her history and trying to get her form noticed she wrote "No taxation without representation" in large letters across the top of it.
Very shortly afterwards she received a visit from two very earnest young men in grey suits and her tax was quickly sorted out. She still didn't get a vote though.

Hoddy

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Re: A higher levef of French needed to take Nationality

 Hoddy wrote:
Coops you've reminded me of a tale told by a friend who couldn't get her income tax sorted while she was living and working in the USA. Remembering her history and trying to get her form noticed she wrote "No taxation without representation" in large letters across the top of it. Very shortly afterwards she received a visit from two very earnest young men in grey suits and her tax was quickly sorted out. She still didn't get a vote though. Hoddy


This is how I feel about having to pay tax on my pension in the UK when I am no longer allowed to vote on how that money is spent

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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Re: A higher levef of French needed to take Nationality

 NormanH wrote:


From 2012 people wishing to take French (and presumably dual) Nationality will have to show a higher level of French:



Well there you go... shows how little I know as I thought I would have to lose my British Nationality if I wanted to have a French one.  I never realised you could have a dual Nationality - no idea why, I think I just assumed that was the case. 

And coops you're so right - you never know when you'll really need to understand the language well.  When I was having my treatment my french improved no end - but mainly because I had a decent enough knowledge before hand.  My french is far from perfect but people were happy to correct me and just generally talking improved my understanding ... I used to have two, hour long, physio sessions a week  and we talked about everything and anything.... if I'd had none or very little french I think this would have been a nightmare and I feel so sorry for folks in that situation.  It would be a very scary and isolating time and I can see why lots of people chose to return to the UK in such circumstances (if they're able).

Certainly when I was learning french I used to think I have to be able to converse and help my son at school - I never considered that I may be ill... it is something that folks should consider.

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