Info Post – December 15th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

635 days since

1st lockdown in March 2020



Fluctuat nec mergitur

✏️ SIMULATOR to find out how long to keep papers

You wonder how long you have to keep your bank account statements, your electricity or gas bills, the receipts used for your tax return? What are the documents to keep throughout your life? A new simulator available on tells you how long to keep documents in your current life: insurance, bank, family, taxes, housing, work, vehicle, health…


✏️ ESTIMATE THE VALUE OF A PROPERTY with the “Property Value Request” application

Quite an interesting tool (in French but easy to handle)



✏️ FRANCE 🇫🇷

On Tuesday 14 December, 63,405 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in 24 hours.

The rate of positive tests was 6.7%.

There are currently 14,819 Covid-19 patients hospitalised (+1,179 in 24 hours), including 2,792 in intensive care.

In 24 hours, 158 people have died in hospital from Covid. The total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic is 120,800.

Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 52,349,285 people have received at least one injection, 15,893,348 people have received a booster dose.

▫️ SEASONAL PIC of the week


Wine labels, what do they have to say?

In French but fairly easy to understand

AOC v AOP labels


This designation is older than the AOP. Established as early as 1935 by a decree-law, the AOC was originally intended to promote products from a given area and to combat fraud. Today, the AOC is still used to designate products whose production process has been carried out according to know-how in a defined geographical area. The know-how is recognised and recorded by approved bodies under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture. These skills are based on the interactions between the physical and biological data specific to an environment and the activities of a human community. These interactions give the product its originality and typicality.

France is not the only European country to have developed these labels. Their equivalents are called, for example, PDO in the United Kingdom (protected designation of origin) or DOP in Italy (denominazione d’origine protetta).

On product packaging, with the exception of wines, consumers can no longer read the AOC label. It has disappeared since 1 January 2012.


In 1992, in an effort to harmonise national protection systems for controlled designations, the European Community adopted the AOP label. This is a transposition at European level of the registered designations of origin issued by the Member States. The AOP label concerns only dairy and food products.

In 2008, the AOP label logo was created and since 1 May 2009, it has been compulsory on the packaging of products that benefit from the designation. Thus, the AOP replaces the AOC. For European consumers, the identification of products is guaranteed by the label, recognisable by its logo. As for producers, they are better protected against fraud at European level.

Since 1 January 2012, the law stipulates that the AOC label must no longer appear on the packaging of the products concerned. It has been definitively replaced by the AOP term.

Note: wines are still allowed to bear the AOC label.


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