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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?


This shouldn’t take too long, I thought as I parked in the village hall car park. Oh, how wrong I was.

There was much debate over whether we should change the date of the Vide Grenier. Opinion was divided, could we ‘piggy back’ off the success of Moneneuf having a Vide Grenier on the same day? I believe that it would be better for Reminiac to have our Vide Grenier on the same day, as people do like to browse and if they can look around two car boot sales within 5 minutes of each other I believe they will. Rather like jewellers, they benefit from being close together.

The next topic was the entrance fee. Monteneuf have been holding Vide Greniers for several years and do not charge an entrance fee. The problem is that to rent a ‘space’ is so cheap.. 2 euros a metre. We therefore aren’t going to make a huge amount of money from the stall holders. Notwithstanding this, the French are fickle and they do not part with their cash easily, and bearing in mind that this is our first year I voted for ‘no entrance fee’. As there were strong views on both sides this point remained unresolved.

If a community wants to hold a Vide Grenier they need to get permission from the prefecture and to get permission a whole host of forms must be completed. Once you have permission, you must obtained signed forms from every stall holder which detail what each stand is selling. In France, individuals can only sell things at a car boot sale twice a year.

Forms were all agreed.

Now to sort out where the stands would go. A plan of the village green was produced. I had assumed that on the day, stall holders would arrive and set up round the village green. Not so.

Each stall holder will pay for either a 1m or a 2m stretch. These spots will be measured to the centimetre and there will be aerosol  paint markings on the grass setting out each pitch. Woe betide ANYONE who ‘overflows’ into the next pitch !!!

Publicity. I volunteered Mark to make a HUGE sign promoting the vide grenier. He doesn’t know yet!

I think there will be several more lengthy meetings before 1st May !!

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