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Name: Sam
Gender: Male
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Current location: Aix-en-Provence
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 16,937

About Me

Moved to France in September of 2018 after buying our apartment in 2017 after the debacle of the election. We're glad to be here, but we continue to be involved with what's happening in the US.

Journal Archives

James Baldwin in a 1979 20/20 segment that was never aired.

“Nobody wants a writer until he’s dead.”


Here's part of the transcribed interview -

“White people go around, it seems to me, with a very carefully suppressed terror of Black people—a tremendous uneasiness,” Baldwin said. “They don’t know what the Black face hides. They’re sure it’s hiding something. What it’s hiding is American history. What it’s hiding is what white people know they have done, and are doing. White people know very well one thing; it’s the only thing they have to know. They know this; everything else, they’ll say, is a lie. They know they would not like to be Black here. They know that...and they’re telling me lies. They’re telling me and my children nothing but lies.”

Anyone going to watch France vs Germany? Here's a link. Allez les Bleus!

So, for football fans, here's a link to the match between Les Bleus and Allemagne starting soon!


Actually we're in Aix-en-Provence, only three hours south of Lyon.

We're doing well.
On July 13th it will be four years since we got the keys to our flat in Aix and on 5 September three years that we've been here 'definitivement'.

Driving licenses exchanged and our French 'Permis de Conduire' are good for fifteen years. Carte Vitale's, so we're covered under the French system, and CDS Temporaire(renewable every year).

In September 2023 I will be asking to become French 'par decret'. The process will take anywhere from a year to two years. I will have to speak French to a B1 level (via a test), provide proof of means, proof of integration(What are the symbols of France? What is 'laicite? Why do you want to be French? French friends? Community activities? Etc, etc), criminal background check, birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, application forms, photos, tax returns, a visit from the Gendarmes, an interview, and some other stuff.

I know several people who have done it. It's not that tough, except that it takes perseverance, but since I want to be able to vote here, I'm determined.

Doesn't mean I lose my American citizenship, just that I'll have a French birth certificate and a second passport.
Posted by GoneOffShore | Sat Jun 5, 2021, 03:45 PM (0 replies)
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