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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?

Do you agree that the French pension age needs to rise?

  • Yes, but 2 years is not enough (67%, 8 Votes)
  • Yes, 2 years is about right (25%, 3 Votes)
  • No (8%, 1 Votes)
  • I don't know (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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France continues to suffer from the strikes and protests against the government’s plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, and the full state pension age from 65 to 67. This is causing hardship for ordinary people who live and work in France, frustration for the government, bitterness, and anger amongst young people and union members, and reticence on the part of foreign investors and tourists.

Comparisons with May 1968 appear, for the moment, premature, but this latest industrial action seems to me to be more serious than others in recent times (and there have been a few!).

We have already touched on a few of the issues in other posts on this blog (No panic petrol buying and Sarkozy vs. Oil Refinery Workers), but, what’s the answer?

5 raised fists in rebellious gesture Are the protesters right – is it unnecessary and wrong to increase the retirement age?

Is the government right – is this the best way to pay for the burgeoning state cost for longer life expectancy?

There are two ways for you to let us know how you feel. Quickest and simplest is just to respond to the poll that you should see on the right. The second way is to scroll down to the bottom of this page and enter your own comments – tell us what you think; Have you been directly impacted?

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