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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?

Nicola Harrington - guest blogger living in France with 7 holiday rental gites

Nicola Harrington

A new family has moved to Reminiac. Where are they living? Some say that they are renting the large white house in the centre of the village, others say they will be renovating a house on the outskirts of Reminiac.

Even the school is buzzing with the news. At midday, Iona was bursting with the news. ‘Two or three more children are coming to school. We don’t know which class they will be in or if they are boys or girls but if there are three new children we will have 27 children in the school.’

I bump into the mayor’s secretary. Did she have any news?

‘Not yet’, she replied, ‘but as soon as a family arrives in a rural community they must introduce themselves to the mayor so that we can fill in the relevant forms about the parents’ origins, ages, professions, and the children’s ages, etc.’

Maire wearing tri-coloured scarf celebrating marriage in France-bride-groom-witness ‘They may not introduce themselves to the mayor’ I say, painfully aware that we didn’t formally introduce ourselves when we arrived 10 years ago.

‘They must, it is the law.’ the mayors’ secretary replied.

EDITOR’S NOTE: When moving to a new town or village, French citizens must advise the Mairie of their new residence. This way, they can be added to the Liste Electorale, enabling them to vote in elections.

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