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?

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

Plestin, Lannion Band in BrittanyWe were married on May 8th. In France, this is a bank holiday to celebrate the end of WW2, so I have no excuse to forget.

12 of us played in the fanfare this year – which was ironic as Lannion only had 9 musicians. The band is going into decline rapidly. Since I quit in February, another sax player left and joined me at Perros, and the guys have done nothing but moan about the new band conductor.

We had our annual visit to the accountant this week, and were surprised as the old boss has retired and we had a meeting with 2 women. I was feeling a bit chauvinist, but I think they did a better job than the previous guy and were more helpful. In general, France isn’t a very sympathetic place to do business – we all pay too much in social charges and the change of president will do little to alter things. I think the public gave the correct result, as Sarkozy was deeply unpopular and, surprisingly for a politician, unable to hide his nasty side. Still, I think Hollande’s presidency should speed up the inevitable euro crisis, as the current policy of austerity is destabilizing all the “Med ” countries. It is nonsense pretending to have one policy for all the euro countries, when they don’t have the same cultural attitude to work. In addition, Germany is unwilling (understandably) to redistribute its wealth.

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