Please don't fret. I've been working really hard in France this month teaching extra English classes so you will have the money that you need to buy the brand new 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV that you've been dreaming of ever since you grew tired of your 2006 model.
[Note to Americans Living in France:
The French are on to us!
Yesterday a French engineer informed me during the midst of a political discussion that Americans come to France to work so that they can send money back to their families in the U.S. This, of course, is a problem for the French economy because the money being earned here isn't being spent here.
I found this "fact" shocking as my French husband took a 50% pay cut when he moved from the U.S. back to France, and I literally make the same hourly rate (adjusted for inflation and conversion) teaching English in France that I made in 1984 cleaning my neighbor's condo. Moreover, anytime we've run low on cash, we've transferred money from our U.S. account to our French one (money that was earned in the U.S.) I've also heard other French complain about Brits and Americans (and/or American investment firms) buying apartments in Paris, thereby pricing the locals out of the market. So which is it?!?
Either way, if he or one of his French family members would like my job as an English teacher, they can have it because I'm not earning enough to send money back to the States or purchase an apartment in Paris.]