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.

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

Nicola Harrington

I’m off to ‘faire les soldes’ (the sales in France). Sales are a real event in France as, legally, shops are only allowed to have two sale periods a year. The Winter sales start on the second Wednesday in January and finish 14th February. Summer sales start on the third Wednesday in June and end 31st July.

Following reforms introduced this year, outside of these main sale periods shops are allowed to choose a further two weeks in which they can hold their own sales. However, these may not be held in the 30 days leading up to the main sale periods

The Soldes are the only time of the year that shops are legally allowed to sell merchandise at a loss. Retailers can run promotions at other times of the year – but the primary aim of the sales is to get rid of old stock.

For the first time this year, due to the financial crisis, Paris received special dispensation  to start this winter’s sales one month earlier than usual.

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