Saturday, November 28, 2009

Patience - French style

After yesterday's rant about French bureaucracy, how about this one. As a result of a nationwide upgrade, last February my mate Bryan was asked to return his Carte Vitale (medical card) in exchange for one with his photograph on it.

The other week we both went into CPAM in Nimes to see if it had been lost (the usual excuse with French bureaucracy). The receptionist checked the details, identified where the problem was and just shrugged her shoulders (French style) and said that there was nothing that could be done. It was just a question of waiting.

He has just received the replacement, nine months and two days later. With twenty five percent of the working population working for the state, it beggars belief.

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