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What’s this symbol in Europe that looks a bit like an upside-down V, or ⩘?

It's the number one, with a left-hand stroke, and is not uncommon in European countries, including France. This from Wikipedia on Regional Handwriting Variation, (including the illustration): The ...
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What’s this symbol in Europe that looks a bit like an upside-down V, or ⩘?

It's just the number "one". It's not a French specificity, in continental Europe (and in most countries with (Continental) European influence) we (almost) never handwrite the number "1" as "I" like ...
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What does the sign on the bathroom door in a French airplane read when there is someone using it?

The internal decoration of an aircraft can vary even within one company. You may see bilingual signs, English-only signs, symbol combined with word(s), or symbol-only signs. From personal experience, ...
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French street language in mugging situation

I got mugged when living in France. The phrase I remember them using during that experience was "vide les poches" (empty your pockets). However, I'd agree with the comments on the original question, ...
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What does the sign on the bathroom door in a French airplane read when there is someone using it?

Not quite an answer, but more of a frame challenge: I think this question hinges on a missunderstanding on how gendered nouns (and following from that: adjectives) work in romance languages. The form ...
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How does one make friends alone in Paris?

Given that you're a jazz pianist, one fun (and Paris-specific) way to make friends could be to play one of the many pianos available in public places. Those would be, e.g., all major train stations ...
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What’s this symbol in Europe that looks a bit like an upside-down V, or ⩘?

Because the writing of numbers varies between anglophone and continental countries, I have written down the different variation of numbers I myself encountered in Europe (The third 6 is a write error):...
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I got a little yellow sticker on top right corner of my french identity card, saying 102 A?

This is probably a batch or sequence number. This is used before the delivery to sort the cards.
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What does the sign on the bathroom door in a French airplane read when there is someone using it?

I certainly don’t pay much attention to that, but I’m pretty confident they actually use the English wording “occupied”, in red, or just red. Very subjectively I would say it used to be “occupied” and ...
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What’s this symbol in Europe that looks a bit like an upside-down V, or ⩘?

This PDF looks to me like standard French school-writing. Here's an copy-and-paste of what it says the hand-written numbers should look like: So you're seeing a (quite well-formed) 1 -- the ...
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How does one make friends alone in Paris?

I, too, am an introvert, and when I was younger, I moved to the US whilst knowing nearly no-one there. I play trombone, so I took my instrument, and pretty much the first thing I did was find ...
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How do I know if my visa application is approved

Does this mean my application has been rejected, has processed without the requested document? It certainly doesn't mean that your application has been rejected. It does seem as though they are ...
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What does the sign on the bathroom door in a French airplane read when there is someone using it?

For an airline, it's typically just going to either say "Occupied" in English or else use a symbol and avoid words entirely. I don't recall Air France being different in this regard on my ...
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How does one make friends alone in Paris?

You could try meeting people through Meetup, for example there are lots of music-related Meetup groups in Paris but there will also be others related to art, politics and philosophy.
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I have a French residence permit. Do I need a visa if I transit in the UK?

The UK government has an excellent tool(click here) to see if you need a visa. I did a check on a citizenship that usually requires a visa to transit in the UK and will not be leaving the airport. ...
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