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.

Simon Pocock

Simon Pocock

It’s the first round of the French elections next weekend, and at the Sunday market we were bombarded with leaflets from left, right and centre.

After reading them it’s quite interesting to see that there are 3 hardish right parties including Sarkozy. There is also Hollande who is not very committed to much dogma. Finally, there are also some extreme mad leftists parties who want to nationalize everything.

Mélenchon is the flavour of the month. He is very ‘left’ and wants to double the smic (minimum wage). He also promises to guarantee all the social aides and resist the banks and markets. In fact, all the candidates are trying to maintain the status quo, high social spending without any explanation of how it can continue in a free market situation. They also all totally ignore the oncoming euro crisis which will erupt after the election.

I guess they feel empowered to say what they want (fantasies) knowing full well there will zero money to implement anything worthwhile post-election. Not being particularly political, it will be good to get rid of Sarkozy, as I find him rude and disregardful to the French people and the office of the president. Plus, he has jumped on the bandwagon of attacking foreigners in France.

My son Max has a vote as he is now French, but lives in Lille, so voting is a problem. He tried to get me to vote for him but as I’m not on the list I am unable to do. So, unless he finds someone he can trust to vote as a proxy, he will not vote. It’s a shame they don’t have postal votes here.

 

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