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

Last year the canton of Plestin had the entire canton surveyed to determine the exact ownership of ever square metre and to try and re-organize the ownership, so there has been various land swaps around us plus they have secured funds for tree planting, so in a few years there will colonnades of trees all around us. We also had a little surprise as when we bought our property, which comprised of about 10 parcels of land, the notaire, being incompetant, forgot one. So technically a 1000sq m of our orchard belongs to the person we bought the property from. So he is in the process of transferring it to us with minimal costs (plus a quality whisky) before he sells the rest to the farmer.

My youngest son’s apprentiship came to an end in December by mutual consent as it wasn’t working out. Since then, we have discovered his boss was doing innumerable malpractices : no supervision, working off ladders in a busy street and a long list of other things, but worst still was he hasn’t paid him for his last month of work, underpaid him 120 euros the previous 2 months, and paid in cash but hadn’t registered him so he probably wasn’t insured all along. We have the local union working on the case, and before it gets to the ”prud’homme” they suggested a head to head meeting to resolve the differences. We had this yesterday. It lasted barely 5 minutes, as they like to talk a lot. I just stated they hadn’t paid correctly and if they weren’t going to give  the correct sum I was leaving  and muttered some anglo/saxon phrase at the guy, who exploded and wanted to hit me in the street. It’s pathetic. The guy is in the wrong and could be in deep merde if we go to the tax office as he has done a lot of work on the black and employs a couple Roumanians.

So we just left the guy muttering in the street. Hopefully he pays up before we have to send the suits in.

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