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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?

Poisson d'Avril - April Fools day in France

Poisson d’Avril = April Fools in France

It is believed that the observation of April Fool’s Day began in France after Charles IX changed the calendar in 1564, and New Years Day was changed to 1st January.

People who still celebrated New Year’s Day on April 1st became the ‘butt’ of many jokes. They were called ‘Poisson d’Avril’ (April Fish) because at that time of year the sun was in the zodiac sign of Pisces, the fish.

April 1st Fools Day

As in England, it has become customary to play tricks on family and friends. French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends back. When the ‘young fool’ discovers this trick, the prankster yells ‘Poisson d’Avril’. It has also become a tradition in the French media to relay fake stories. Newspapers, magazines, TV channels, radio stations and of course the internet also take part in this fun tradition. The truth is usually revealed the next day!



Editor Note

What pranks did you play for Poisson d’Avril? If you’re in France how do the jokes compare with those in England?

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