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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?

Brittany Ferries Dispute Update

Sailings are set to resume from Tuesday 2nd October (the 15.30 Poole – Cherbourg sailing being the first one).

A new deal, with concessions on both sides, was agreed by 59% of the CGT union who voted on the deal.

Brittany Ferries ship Cap FinistereA series of wildcat strikes has prompted Brittany Ferries to cancel all services between the UK, France  and Spain (with the exception of the crossing between Cherbourg and Poole, which is operated by Condor Ferries).

This cross channel service cancellation began on Friday 21st September. Although talks are continuing throughout the weekend and the company expects a resolution to be quick, they have cancelled all services until further notice.

Brittany Ferries are advising people with tickets to travel to Dover and Calais, where their bookings will be honoured by P&O and MyFerryLink. In fact, according to Brittany Ferries, you won’t need to contact these companies – you just need to turn up at the port and show your tickets and you will travel for free (provided you have a valid Brittany Ferries ticket, of course). Brittany Ferries also says that unused tickets will be refunded.

I hope they resolve this situation quickly as Brittany Ferries operate a monopoly on the Western Channel crossings, making it pretty well impossible to cross the channel west of Le Havre without using them. The ferry ports of Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff are large enough to accommodate other ferry companies operating between the UK and France, so where are they? Brittany Ferries are expensive because of this monopoly, and their ferries are generally pretty busy, so surely there is a decent market available for somebody else. It’s a shame that P&O ceased operating these routes some years ago.

Travelling from Brittany to Calais is not a practical solution for most people – it’s 3 hours from Caen in Normandy (and most holidaymakers will already have had at least 2-3 hours of driving just to get to Caen).

Are you stuck in France at the moment? What are your plans – will you wait for the problem to get resolved or drive to Calais? If you have a solution please let us know.

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