Photo: Notre Dame de Paris
What is a numero vert ?
Or what are the functions of a notaire? Here are
the answers to these and other questions about French words or names
beginning with N.
Carte Navigo - The
electronic smart-card system used for travel concessions on the public
transport systems of the Ile de France (Paris) region. Navigo cards can
be applied for free online. Alternatively, "Navigo
discovery) cards can be purchased for 5 € at metro stations
approved points of sale. A passport-style photo is required. Anyone can
apply for a card, there are no local residence requirements. The card
can then be credited for weekly, monthly or annual use, providing
ticketless transport on all or parts of the Ile de France public
transport network (buses, metro, RER, suburban trains). In September
2009, a week's pass for travel in zones 1 and 2 cost 17.20 Euros, a
month's pass covering zones 1-4 cost 91.70 €. Navigo fully
replaced the Paris Carte Orange
travel cards in 2010. The system is similar to London's Oyster card
system, though cheaper.
NF label on a product means that it
complies with French standards. See AFNOR.
a raft of tax avoidance mechanisms designed to allow those
high income to pay little or no income tax, thanks to careful
investment in a range of fiscally attractive niches, including
investment in French overseas territories, small firms,
property for rent, the French cinema, and many more. The reduction of niches fiscales is
seen in 2011 as one of the means of bringing down France's massive
mountain of debt.
de poule : expression sometimes seen on roadsigns in France,
translating litterally 'hen's nests', but
meaning that there are potholes in the road.
: Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse
Parisienne : NMPP , former name, until
2009, of Prestalis .
northernmost region of France, and after the Ile de France
(Paris) region, the most populated. The region lies between Belgium,
the North Sea/Channel coast, and Picardy. Capital Lille. See Nord Pas de Calais
Paris mainline railway terminus, serving destinations in
northern and northeast France, including Amiens, Lille and
Valenciennes. It is also the Paris terminus for Eurostar services to
London, and Thalys high-speed services to Brussels, Amsterdam and
beyond. See rail
: historic region in the middle of Northern France, between Brittany
and Picardy. Today, the historic area of Normandy is divided into two
administrative regions, Basse Normandie (capital Caen) and Haute
Normandie (capital Rouen). For further details see Normandy regional guide
people with considerable power or influence in local affairs, either
through election or through connections. See Elites.
A notaire is a type of solicitor or notary, whose function is to
formalise procedures, usually on behalf of private individuals; these
include conveyancing (buying and selling property), the drawing up of
wills and testaments, drawing up contracts of marriage. Notaries are
self-employed professionals, holding public office.
Nicole : Born
1947, former leader (1992 - 2002) of the large CFDT
Trade Union, the first woman to attain such a senior position in the
world of French trade unionism. As a union leader, she was
remarkably open to dialogue, and as such was considered as weak by more
Dame de Paris :
the cathedral of Paris, one of the finest mediaeval gothic cathedrals
in the world, located on the Ile de la Cité, in the heart of
called Nounous or Gardes d'enfants, are unofficial child minders, not
officially recognized but allowed to look after babies in theuir or the
Nouvel Observateur :
Nouvelle Calédonie: French
overseas territory in the south Pacific
November 11th , le Onze novembre
: Armistice day (World War I), a national holiday in France.
Energie) : one
of the first, and now one of the biggest, private music radio stations
France. NRJ was founded in 1991, immediately following the
liberalisation of broadcasting by the newly elected president
azur : National
phone number for which all calls are charged at local rates (the
difference being paid by the company or the organisation, not the
Numéro vert (green
number). A toll-free phone number, usually starting with
prefix 0800. Other special rate phone numbers include the
(0801 or 0810), charged at local rate, and numéro indigo
0803 or 0830) charged at premium rates.
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