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.

Fresh produce aisle in chilled cabinet in supermarket-shopping trolley Setting up a business in France is not easy.

There are miles of red tape and the costs in setting up and maintaining a small business are in most cases prohibitive. National Insurance contributions are complex and usually amount to 30% of GROSS turnover!

Therefore the rules and costs associated with setting up a new business in France do not encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and enterprise is usually dominated by large companies.

Setting up a small business in France

Yesterday, I was driving through Augan and spotted a new shop… and it looked different… a bit hippy!

In defiance to the growing stronghold of the large French supermarket chains, this shop has been set up to sell mainly local organic produce.

The ambiance in the shop encouraged you to spend, the wooden shelving, the smell of fresh coffee and hot bread, the fresh produce… yes, it was all there… a real shopping experience.

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