You may wonder what the connection is, but the infamous Fourniret trial coincided with the time of year when everyone has to give in their tax forms and the courthouse is almost directly opposite the ‘impots’ building.
We went to give in our papers, crossing fingers that all was properly filled in, and were confronted by police and barriers.
“We only want to leave our forms,” I said, waving the wad of blue papers.
We were told we couldn’t park but if Bear stayed behind the wheel I could go in to drop them off.
We drove cautiously past the collection of TV vans and more police and pulled up outside the ‘impots’ building. All the car parking spaces were cordoned off so I leapt out of the car hoping it would be easy to find the correct ‘postbox’ inside.
No, this year, there were two boxes marked ‘Secteur 1’ and ‘Secteur 2’ instead of the usual four boxes labelled with the areas.
Despite the difficulty of access there was a queue at the Acceuil so I waited hopefully at the ‘quick’ desk where a woman was deep in conversation.
Eventually the chap in front of me interrupted to ask which box he should use and so I took advantage of the pause to chip in and ask as well.
“Put it in the blue box” he said.
I posted the papers and hurried outside. A policeman was watching Bear but I jumped in the car and we were off before he approached. We were not allowed to go back the way we had come so we had to find another way out of town.
They usually ask you to return your tax forms before the due date but I reckon there will be loads of people who have waited until the end of the trial before attempting to deliver theirs. Otherwise, they may use the option of doing it online. This gives an extra week’s grace and also a tax rebate the first time you register.