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Rich French leaving the country for the U.K.?

Wealthy French people are looking to London as a refuge from fresh taxes on high earners pledged by François Hollande – new elected president .

The “soak the rich” rhetoric that has punctuated the presidential campaign has prompted a sharp rise in the numbers weighing a move across the Channel, according to London-based wealth managers, lawyers and property agents specialising in French clients.

François Hollande wants to impose a tax rate of 75 per cent on income above €1m and at the launch of his bid in January said: “My true adversary in this battle has no name, no face, no party … It is the world of finance.”…

London’s status as an international finance hub as well as its proximity to France make it a natural choice for French professionals rattled by the campaign’s hostile mood towards the wealthy. Enclaves of French expatriates are firmly established in areas such as Belgravia and South Kensington, close to the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, a popular secondary school.

The departure of France’s business people, entrepreneurs and the young for opportunities overseas is not a new phenomenon. When Nicolas Sarkozy visited London in 2007 he called for its French residents to return to a reformed France under his presidency. But the trend has been accelerated by the victory in Sunday’s decisive second round of the presidential election.


Cliff Korman & The Brazilian Tinge music – ¨Migrations¨

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Disc cover of "Migrations" by Cliff Korman and The Brazilian Tinge

Cliff Korman & The Brazilian Tinge
Planet Arts 200321 (2004)
Time: 55’10”

Musical Watercolor

Reviewed by Egídio Leitão
December 2004

An accomplished jazz pianist and highly regarded educator who trained with Roland Hanna, Kenny Barron, and Ron Carter, Cliff Korman has developed numerous projects featuring Brazilian and American musicians for more than 20 years.

Migrations is Korman’s new album and another example of his long involvement with Brazilian music and, in particular, with choro. Working with Korman in Migrations we have the Brazilian Tinge, a dream team of musicians. Featured in this album are Billy Drewes (clarinet, sax), Luis Bonilla (trombone), Rob Curto (accordion), Andy Eulau (bass), Henrique Cazes (cavaquinho), Marcello Gonçalves (7-string acoustic guitar), Vanderlei Pereira (drums), Café (percussion), Beto Cazes (percussion), Cida Moreira (voice) and a chorus comprised of Murí Costa, Jane Balzana, Eduardo Ferrer, Malu von Krüger, Eliza Lacerda and Juliana Rubim. Arranging all music and on piano we have Cliff Korman, the force behind Migrations.

The title and title tune, as well as the cover design, are inspired by the great Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s photo exposition by that name, for which Cliff was invited to perform. From the liner notes, Cliff explains: “‘Migrations’ tapped into underlying currents of my forcibly displaced immigrant family: uprooting, survival, and transformation. . . double identity. . . aspects of my identity as a jazz player and the ways in which that manifests itself through Brazilian music.”


“Migrant” of Maxine Trottier – illustrated book for children

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author Maxine Trottier
illustrator Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher: Groundwood
Page count: 40 pp.

Lyrical prose and creative illustrations speak to the imaginations of young children, communicating some of the hardships and disappointments that Anna and her family experience. A detailed author’s note speaks to the wisdom of parents and teachers, helping them to further teach young learners about the rights of migrant workers to decent working and living conditions. Separating this work from other children’s books about migration and work is the focus on Mexico’s Mennonite community and the issues faced by some of its members in Canada and Mexico.

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