Useful Information

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

17

Police (Gendarme)

Fire (Pompier)

18

Medical (Samu)

15

If you are calling from a mobile you should dial the single European emergency number

112

Pound to euro exchange rate
for your 2016 tax return

£1 = €1.2578

(Source: The Connexion newspaper - April 2017)

EDF English Speaking Helpline: 05 56 17 40 70

French Telecom English Speaking Helpline: 09 69 36 39 00

French Health Insurance (L'Assurance Maladie) Mon-Fri 9-6pm
English Speaking Helpline: 0811 36 36 46

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR RIGHT-HAND

DRIVE BRITISH CAR IN FRANCE

Dechetteries - LOT

Dechetterie Address Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Cahors Route de Montcuq 46000 Cahors 8h00-12h00 13h30-18h30 Closed am 13h30-18h30 8h00-12h00 13h30-18h30 8h00-12h00 13h30-18h30 8h00-12h00 13h30-18h30 9h00-12h00 13h30-18h00
Catus Les Matalines 46150 Catus Closed am 13h30-17h30 9h00-12h00 13h30-17h30 9h00-12h00 Closed pm 9h00-12h00 13h30-17h30 9h00-12h00 13h30-17h30 9h00-12h00 13h30-17h30
Cazals Zone artisanale 46250 Montclera Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed all day 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm
Gourdon Les Hermissens Sud 46300 Gourdon Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-17h00
Labastide-Murat Cote Barou D32 46240 Labastide-Murat Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed all day 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 14h00-17h00
Luzech St Marc 46140 Luzech Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm 9h00-12h00 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm
Martel Zone artisanale 46600 Martel Closed all day Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm
Moncuq Combecave D4 46800 Moncuq Closed all day 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm
Payrac Les Champs 46350 Loupiac Closed all day 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm
Puy L'Eveque Ancienne gare La Paganie 46700 Puy L'Eveque Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 13h30-18h00 9h00-12h00 13h30-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 9h00-12h00 13h30-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-17h00
St Germain du Bel Air Les Combis 46310 St Germain du Bel Air Closed all day 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 9h00-12h00 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm
Salviac Nivelle RD 2 46340 Salviac Closed all day Closed am 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 14h00-17h00
Souillac Combe de Nouzies 46200 Lachapelle-Auzac Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-18h00 Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 14h00-17h00
Vayrac Censol 46110 Betaille Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed all day Closed am 14h00-18h00 9h00-12h00 Closed pm Closed am 14h00-17h00

Markets

Entries marked with an asterisk (*) are high season only, typically farmers markets but with additional stalls to cater for the influx of visitors. If I haven't included your local market, simply drop me a line and I'll update it.

Monday

Assier (1st & 3rd Monday of each month) / Labastide-Murate (2nd&4th Monday of each month) *Souillac

Tuesday

Beauregard / Betaille / Brive / Catus / Cenac / Fumel / Gourdon (1st & 3rd of the month) /Gramat / Lacapelle-Marival / Lalbenque / Puy-L'Eveque / Salviac / Villeneuve-sur-Lot

Wednesday

Cahors / Bergerac/ *Livernon pm / Luzech / Martel / Payrac / Perigueux / Sarlat / *St-Cirq-Lapopie / *Souillac

Thursday

Beauregard / Brive / Domme/ Eymet / *Gourdon / Lalinde / Monpazier / Mercues / *Montcuq / Vayrac

Friday

Fumel / Gramat / Prayssac / St-Germain-du-Bel-Air / Salviac / Souillac

Saturday

Beauregard / Bergerac / Brive / Cahors / Carjarc (pm) / Duravel / Figeac / Gourdon / Martel / Puy-L'Eveque / Sarlat / St-Cere / Vayrac / Villeneuve-sur-Lot / Villefranche-du-Perigord

Sunday

Albas / Castlenau-Montratier / Cazals / Daglan / Fumel / Gramat / *Labastide-Murat / Lacapelle-Marical / Lalbenque / Moncuq / *Prayssac / St. Cyprien / St-*Germain-du-Bel-Air / Le Vigan

Source from French Entree.com

Useful numbers for health cover queries:

When applying for the “E” forms there is no longer one information or issuing authority in the UK.

The E121: Retirement or long-term Incapacity Benefit
For enquiries regarding entitlement to the E121, registration in France etc call Overseas Medical Benefits Telephone 0044 (0)191 2181999 between 8.00-17.00. (UK time). To make an application for issue call the International Pension Centre on 0044 (0)191 218777 between 8.00 and 18.00 UK time.

The E106: Early retirement
For both enquiries and the issue of the E106 call Overseas Medical Benefits only. Telephone 0044 (0) 191 2181999 between 8.00 and 17.00.

Workers: For information and application for issue call Inland Revenue on 0044 191 2037010

The E109: For information and application for issue call Inland Revenue on 0044 191 2037010

Holders of the E106 who have been refused a CEAM (French equivalent of the UK’s European Health Insurance Card – EHIC) should make an application to the UK authority enclosing a photocopy of their E106(s)

The address and telephone number is:
EHIC Applications
PO Box 1115
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1SW
Tel: 0044 191 203 55555

Source from www.connexionfrance.com

What do you do if you have a car accident?

As you probably already know, you must always carry your driving documents including driving licence, carte gris and insurance certificate with you in the car in France.

Should you be unlucky enough to be involved in an accident there are certain procedures you must do. Firstly, if nobody is injured and both parties agree on the facts you are not obliged to call the police.

Your Insurance Company will have issued you with a Constat Amiable d'Acident or Accident Report sheet, which by law you must also have in the car at all times. For an English version of the form click here (sourced from Eric Blair Network website). This is basically an outline of the accident and is not a statement of blame.

It should include the location of the accident; the names and addresses of both drivers; any witness names; all the licence details and the details of the other driver's insurer.

However, if you are in any doubt as to what has been written by the other party then do not sign it. Call the police on 112 or 17 - they will hopefully be able to clarify the situation.

Do you live in France and are you travelling abroad this summer?

If you live in France and are travelling abroad this summer then you will need a Carte Europeenne d'Assurance Maladie (CEAM) - which replaced the E111 back in 2004. To order your CEAM card click here and go to the 'vos demandes' section or alternatively call 3646 or pop into your local CPAM office who will issue you one free of charge.

This will provide you with reciprocal health cover throughout the EU so in the unfortunate circumstances where you might need to see a doctor, pharmacy or hospital you will not have to pay anything, or anything you do pay will be reimbursed by that country's social security fund. If you forget your card or forget to ask for a refund while you are there, you should get your costs reimbursed by CPAM when you return but make sure you keep all your receipts. Then you will need to submit them with the S3125 form available at www.ameli.fr

If you live in France but receive a UK state pension or long-term incapacity benefit you still are covered by UK NHS through an EHIC card which is free via the website www.ehic.org.uk

It's also worth checking your top-up health cover (Assurance Maladie) as often it will state that additional medical insurance may be necessary to cover unexpected costs.

Source: Connextions May 2012

FREE GARDEN COMPOST

You probably already know, but for those of you who don't your local Dechetterie has free garden compost from time to time throughout the year. I know that Salviac and Cazals have a load at the moment (July 2012).

From what I can gather it's recylced garden waste which has been heat treated to kill off any bugs. It may not be the best compost in the world but it's FREE! Allegedly you are allowed 3 cubic metres a year and I use it to mulch my beds to help retain water and keep the weeds down.

VERY CHEAP COMPOSTER & RECYCLING BINS IN THE LOT

In order to help encourage people to recycle, the powers that be in the Lot (sorry...don't know about the Dordogne - if you know if it's the same please let me know) have a special offer for you.

For just €20 you can get:
1 x 320 litre compost bin
2 x 50 recycling bins
1 x 10 litre kitchen waste bin

I can vouch for their quality and I think you'll agree they're a lot cheaper than the high street. It's very simple to get hold of these. Simplete click here to download the order form.

Complete it and either take it into your local Tresor Public with a cheque for €20 or post it off with the form to: SYDED du Lot, Commande Composteur, Les Matalines, 46150, Catus.

The kit will be delivered to your nearest Dechetterie where you can collect it in a couple of weeks. It would be rude not to take advantage of this great offer!

Compost bins

For more information about recyling in this region click here

Need Something Sharpening?

I'm reliably informed that Pole Vert in Gourdon sharpens blades etc but a few people have also recommended Lot Affutage in Cazals. They sharpen everything from chainsaws to kitchen knives.

They're located on the D13 between Cazals and Gindou on the left hand side before the road climbs up to Gindou

How To Look After You Septic Tanks

I've just had to had my septic tank emptied and to my horror, this 3-year old tank was completely backed up and blocked. I'd religiously been putting the expensive sachets of Eparcyl down the toilet every week but this had not broken the contents down properly.

Mr.Septic Tank Man – Denis Gilles, told me the tank had never been set up properly when it was started 3 years ago. Once he’d thoroughly vacuumed out everything I needed to fill it full of water again and then put in ‘Bio 7 Choc’ in (available in Pole Vert and Frans Bonhomme). This will help to rapidly restart your newly cleaned out tank by releasing billions of bacteria. The dosage depends on the size of the tank, so always read the label. If you have a problem of very smelly gases coming from your vent pipes, chances are your tank isn’t working properly either…and I’ve been reliably informed that after a clear-out Bio 7 Choc will help with that as well.

And finally…instead of paying a small fortune for Eparcyl, simply get some natural yoghurt and keep it out of the fridge…then once the sides start to bed out, wash 2 small tubs down the sink – this contains more than enough live bacteria to help break down the contents. If you need advice or want your tank emptied then give Denis Gilles a call on 05 65 37 68 21. He doesn’t speak any English but is a top bloke and does a thorough job…and quite frankly earns every penny! Or take a look at his website: www.bouriane-vidange-service.com

bio choc 7