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.

Mushroom picking in France

In France, mushroom picking, or “la cueillette des champignons”, is practically a national sport during the Autumn season. However, there are guidelines to follow before wandering through the woods.

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

Pineau is a delicious alcoholic drink which comes from the Charentes region of France. It is a fortified wine made from 3 parts grape juice and 1 part Cognac and, like many great delicacies, was discovered by mistake.

Find out all about Pineau des Charentes

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

If it were blowing a gale outside your French home would your first thought be to rush into the local woods to go hunting for ceps, chanterelles and pied de mouton mushrooms?

Read Nicola’s account of mushroom hunting in Brittany in the middle of a storm

French woman in trousersI was surprised to see the news that Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the minister for women’s rights, has managed to change the law banning women from wearing trousers in Paris! I didn’t know this law existed. Apparently this law was passed some 200-odd years ago and stated that women wanting to ‘dress like a man’ (!) had to get official permission from the authorities.

Sans Culottes

Eiffel TowerThe law was originally passed when women wearing trousers, instead of the legal aristocratic knee-length culottes, became a symbol of the French Revolution. The revolutionaries were radical, left-wing and lower class, mainly urban labourers, who became known as the ‘sans-culottes’ (without culottes), who traditionally wore Pantaloons (trousers). The rebel women wanted the right to stand alongside their male rebel counterparts by wearing trousers. The French leaders of the time thought that by banning women from wearing trousers, it would deter them from being a part of the revolution…and of course, keep the pesky women in their place!

Despite several attempts over the years to get the law revoked, until 31 January 2013, officials said that revoking the law wasn’t a priority and it was part of French ‘legal archaeology’.

However, thanks to Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, when we ladies visit Paris, we can no longer be arrested for wearing trousers! Well… that’s a relief!

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