I just learned this and wanted to share... gay marriage is almost-sort-of legal in France! A Pact Civil de Solidarité (or PaCS) is a civil union between two people of any sex who wish to combine their debts, contracts and assets. A PaCS is not available between: family members, those who are already married or PaCSed, nonresidents of France and those under 18.
Couples can file taxes jointly after three years, may collect inheritance and social security benefits, can share health benefits, and must share a common residence. Partners can not jointly file for adoption, however one partner can file for single-parent adoption. A nonresident can not gain residency through a PaCS, only though marriage. A PaCS ends when one partner dies, or after a three month waiting period if one partner requests it. A PaCS also ends if one partner gets married.
I searched around but I couldn't find any information on whether or not one partner is allowed to make power-of-attorney decisions should the other partner become unable to make those decisions for herself... if anyone knows please let me know. I'm also not sure if one partner shares the burden of all the other partner's past debts, or if couples only share debts incurred while PaCSed.
In French, "pacser" has become a verb, as in "Voulez-vous pacser avec moi?" or "Les femmes se pacsent." Un Pacte de Civil Solidarité is not equal to marriage, but it's an important step toward equality. If only the US would do the same.
Has anyone ever been to footcandy.com? Well if you haven't I definitely recommend checking it out. They have a great selection of designer shoes and handbags on sale. For example there's this thing that's called Carolyn's closest that has amazingly discounted things like these Givenchy's shoes for $250, which is insanely low for Givenchy shoes.
Here's the link for Carolyn's Closest! Enjoy!
I have been thinking a lot about France lately.
I get my fix by going to this little french cafe near work.
They make the best french press coffee and the chocolate croissant is out of this world.
Who has been to France latley? and where is the best place to go?
Bonjour France! I am taking a trip with 2 of my besties to France but we are already lost. It's going to be at the end of May and we want to fly into Paris and travel all around. We only have 7 days and we want to see the south of France too. Are we asking too much? We totally want to get a rental car and drive but we dont want to be too rushed with our time limit. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm open to all. I'm excited but i dont want to overwhelm myself or my friends. Please please help :)
Hi everybody, my husband (he is French) and I are going to France next week to stay with his family and I need to think of something to offer my mother-in-law and sister-in-law (she is 29). I have visited them one other time 2 1/2 years ago and (shame on me) came empty handed. I really don't want to do that again! They live in the south of France (Perpignan) but everything I think about offering them, I feel like they can get better quality in France! Please...ANY suggestions would be great!
Mother knows best: "My daughter is living a true love story," Carla Bruni's mother, Marisa Borini, tells France's Le Parisien for its front page Sunday, about the ex-supermodel's relationship with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Adds the potential mother-in-law: "I think that she could very well end up with Nicolas."
Earlier this month, Borini told Italian news outlets that her daughter had received a marital proposal from Sarkozy – with a New Year's acceptance deadline.
In Sunday's exclusive interview with Le Parisien, the self-described "very Italian mamma" apparently raised the stakes, saying she participated in pre-vacation discussions with the couple concerning how they envision Bruni's future role.
"If Carla becomes the first lady of France, she'll have to keep space and time for herself to write," says her mom. "She needs to write her poems, compose music, record her albums. The same with her other obligations she may have, she'll need to arrange her time."
As for Sarkozy, says the prospective mother-of-the-bride, "I think that the President of the Republic doesn't just see the beautiful girl in her and that he has great respect for her artistic side. We've already spoken about that together and he's totally in agreement."
Rumors of a Christmas Day engagement have flourished since Wednesday, when Bruni toured Luxor's Valley of the Kings wearing a previously unseen pink diamond solitaire ring on her left hand.
A Rapid Romance
Press speculation concerning the new adornment (estimated worth, $20,000) has only flourished since the couple disappeared behind a security shield, Thursday. (Security on the private vacation, enforced by Egyptian Army units, has been extreme and caused hospitalization of at least one French news agency staff photographer.)
To say the couple's rapid romance has been a coup de foudre (stroke of lightning) is an understatement. The 52-year-old Sarkozy, divorced from his second wife Cecilia in mid-October, has been inseparable from Bruni, 39, since Nov. 23, when he met the former supermodel-turned-singer-songwriter at a Paris dinner party.
Very visibly involved in development of the couple's month-old relationship is her mother, who chaperoned their outings to Versailles and Disneyland Paris, as well as accompanied Sarkozy to the Vatican this month. Borini did not, however, join the twosome in Egypt, sources tell PEOPLE, and is currently caring for Bruni's 6-year old son Aurelian in the ski resort of Mergeve.
It is expected that Sarkozy and Bruni ("Sarkozni"?) will return from Cairo Monday before heading to the Alps to spend New Year's skiing with family.
Élysées Palace press officers have consistently refuse to comment on Sarkozy's personal life.
Hey all in this group!
I just wanted to say salut!
I'm living in Paris right now and could not be happier, I am loving to winter coming, the rain falling, but I hope that this group will be an outlet for speaking about what I am doing over here. Please don't hesitate to ask me questions if you are planning on visiting and traveling in France or in Paris. I know a lot about the country, my family is from Saumur, about 4 hrs south of Paris and it really is an amazing country and culture!
More blogs to come!
I am going to France for the first time in my life!! I'm going to Paris for 3 days at the end of October (from there I'm going to Ireland for 7 days). I'm so excited - I cannot wait! What are some necessities I should pack so I don't look like a gauche American?
My fiance and I at the Eiffel Tower in July 2007