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Francis Kelly

Well I suppose the inclusion of these five tropical departements would be fair if the data was weighted - say for population. Anybody know how the statistics are processed?

Michael Hardcastle

This is so ridiculous it would be laughable if it were not so serious for those of us who live in mainland France (which is our right).

Craig McGinty

Many thanks for the comments, at the moment I've not found any detailed information on how they worked out the temperature difference, beyond the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia saying it used data from the last 29 years.

Also see:
UK government says it will save £30m a year from changing expat entitlement to Winter Fuel Payments
http://www.thisfrenchlife.com/thisfrenchlife/2013/07/uk-government-says-it-will-save-30m-a-year-from-changing-expat-entitlement-to-winter-fuel-payments.html

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