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

The French love a strike and a demonstration. Last year dairy farmers caused chaos as they demonstrated over falling milk prices. They refused to supply cheese factories and took to tipping trailer loads of manure in supermarket car parks.

Now, it is the oil refinery workers. They are not at all happy about the governments’ plans to raise the age of retirement. 80% of all Total’s workers are now on strike. Eight of Frances’s twelve refineries have closed down, which is causing supply problems. The oil refineries have reported that there is only 10 days fuel left. The government desperate to prevent panic buying has said there is enough fuel for a month.

We are already seeing the effects of this strike. Petrol stations in Carentoir and Malansac remain closed as they have run out of fuel and I queued for 40 minutes yesterday for diesel.

We can only sit back and watch the battle of wills between the unions and Sarkozy.

What’s your view of the French strikes? Is it affecting you directly? Are you concerned about possible future developments? Give us your view by commenting below…

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