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.

Rachel GallardIf you are about to have an operation in a French hospital, you will need to fill in a few forms. Here is what the forms will say:

You agree to follow the surgeon and anaesthetist’s advise:

Follow a diet a few days before the operation

Don’t eat, drink or smoke before the operation

Remove all earrings (boucles d’oreilles), jewellery (bijoux), piercing.

Don’t wear nail varnish (vernis à ongles), nor make up (maquillage)

You will need to have a shower at home the night before the operation and the morning of the operation using a special shower gel prescribed by your surgeon (Hibiscrub for example). Sleep in clean sheets and wear clean cloths the day of the operation.

If you follow a treatment, your anaesthetist will tell you if you can take your tablets or not.

After the operation:

You can’t eat, drink or smoke without the nurse’s authorisation.

On departure as you won’t be able to drive for 24 hours, ensure someone is picking you up or arrange for a taxi to take you home.

If you live alone, ask someone to stay over night with you once you get home.

By signing the forms you will also agree to say you are fully aware of the risks of the anaesthetics.

See my previous post about the appointment with the anaesthetist here.

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