Chris Slade describes the son et lumiere presentation at the abbey of Bon Repos called "Le Pays de Conomor" in Brittany, which takes place during the first two weeks of August.
I arrive at the Citroën garage.
‘What do I need to do to register my 2CV in France?’
I am told to go to the third office on the right. Here I am given a form.
I require 4 documents and each of these 4 documents requires supporting documentation (no surprise here!):
1. Certificat d’Importation
2. Certificat de Conformité
3. Contrôle Technique
4. Carte Grise
My first step is to go to the Impôts Office in Ploërmel with a letter from the seller, confirming that he has sold me the 2CV, and the registration document. I am given a certificat d’Importation.
Flushed with success, I return to the Citroën garage. My next step is the certificat de conformité. To obtain this certificate, I need 8 documents and to provide a cheque for €150. One of the documents I need is a contrôle technique (MOT). I drive to the MOT garage.
‘Oh non, madame, we cannot MOT your car until you have the certificat de conformité.’
I show the MOT mechanic my letter from Citroën which says I need a contrôle technique before I can apply for the certificat de conformité. He shows me an official document stating that he cannot perform a contrôle technique unless he has a Carte Grise or a certificat de conformité.
I return to the Citroën garage. I explain that it appears that I cannot obtain either document without first obtaining the other.
The Citroën overalled mechanic gives a gallic shrug.
I leave the 2CV Chez Citroën. Will they be able to sort out this bureaucratic tangle?