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.

606x341_222882_new-5-euro-banknote-in-circulation-o[1]In May 2013, the European Central Bank started its roll-out of new banknotes. The new notes, known as the Europa series, depict an image of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology.

The five Euro note has entered circulation and the other denominations will be slowly phased in. We will still be able to use the old notes for some time – they will be withdrawn gradually, but will retain their monetary value. Once out of circulation, we will still be able to exchange them at National Central Banks.

The reasons for introducing the new notes are to ensure greater security measures against the forgery of notes and to update the old design. The new security features include:

  • A watermark with a portrait of Europa
  • A hologram with a portrait of Europa
  • Raised lines on the right and left hand edges of the notes
  • The number 5, which changes colour from emerald to deep blue when the note is tilted

By introducing these strict security measures, hopefully the level of fake notes will be reduced.

The UK is doing a similar thing – a new five pound note is to be issued, with an image of Winston Churchill.

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