My wife and I have lived in this town for two years. A short time after arriving and settling in, I went to the Mairie and asked if it might be possible to greet the mayor and to introduce ourselves as newcomers. I was told the Mayor did not receive visitors.
My wife and I have shopped locally and used French local artisans and shops exclusively since settling in. We are well known in town and very well received everywhere,. I speak passable French and use it when out and about. I am on good terms with neighbours, and try to be helpful always. I supported my elderly neighbours when he got shingles, drove him to medical appointments in a neighbouring town, and put his eye drops and ointment in six times a day for several weeks.
We attend local events frequently , and attend neighbours funerals, contributing to wreaths and expressions of condolence. I use the library and donate items to local charities for recycling. I’ve participated in discussions on Alzheimers disease.
I get the impression that the mayor is not bothered to get to know us. I’ve shook his hand at remembrance day ceremonies in town, which I attend in solidarity with local ex-combattants (I’m 80). But he’s never showed any personal interest in us. He may be very busy, he has been Mayor for many years and clearly runs the commune very efficiently and in a public-spirited fashion. Maybe he’s biding his time, as is reasonable. We live in the same street, about 500 metres from each others’ seuils.
i did send an email in late summer addressed to the Mayor and expressing our appreciation of the efforts the local gardening team had made to beautify the town (Ville Fleurie ***). I had no acknowledgment, not that one was necessary, but it would have been welcome.