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Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

Red 2CV in France

The Happy Car

After two days of trawling through the phone book, I have found a MOT garage that will carry out a contrôle technique without a certificat de conformité.

The 2CV is booked in for tomorrow… but first I must repair the rear view mirror… it has just fallen off!.

Well, it transpires after much searching that I can get a certificat de conformité on the internet. It is more expensive, but at least I won’t have to provide reams of documents which probably won’t be acceptable (am I getting a little jaded with French bureaucracy?).

Another doubt in my mind:  will a certificat de conformité issued by a third party, ie, not Citroën, be accepted by the préfecture (government offices) when I go and ask for the carte grise (vehicle registration documents)?.

First things first… mend the rear view mirror…

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