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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?

What is the auto-entrepreneur scheme?
Auto-entrepreneur - french scheme for new small businesses

The recently-introduced auto-entrepreneur scheme is designed to simplify the bureaucratic red tape that has made it so difficult for new businesses to start-up in France. It also goes some way to relieving the financial burdens placed on new businesses in their early years. Businesses can now pay their social contributions based on actual, rather than estimated, earnings.

Over 120,000 businesses have registered under the scheme since its introduction. It is an ideal scheme for British expats who want to set up a business in France. However, the costs and lengthy processes involved proved quite a deterrent. Previously, if you had an idea you thought might turn into a decent business, you might have been put off trying. With the new scheme, it is more viable “just to give it a go” in the spirit of the true entrepreneur.

Your views

I would be interested to hear from anyone in the region who is thinking of registering, or indeed has already registered, as an auto-entrepreneur. What has been your experience? Is it a great improvement? Would you have gone into business without auto-entrepreneur?

Update on August 5th, 2019

Since publishing this post, a few things, including the terminology, have changed. The new name for auto-entrepreneur is now micro-entrepreneur.  For more info, here is an interesting guide on the Micro-Entrepreneur Business:


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