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  1. I think he was being a little tongue in cheek, Paul. At least I hope so, as this sort of comment could cost lives...

    However, you are all missing the main point. The 'normes' - all the normes - are enshrined in the code civile, making them enforceable in law.

  2. I'm afraid to say that your contract is valid and if you 'stop' the cheque (by claiming deception, just about the only way you can do it), then you will be committing a rather serious criminal offence yourself.

    Just like the UK, contracts do not need to be signed manually, you just need an offer, an acceptance, and a consideration (your cheque). You can't claim to have not accepted the contract if you paid!

    You did have a period when you could cancel (7 days, I think), but you can only cancel by doing it properly; right form of words, sent LRAR to the other party in the contract.

    Also, you say that the insurer is in London? That would have an impact, too, although if the contract was established in France, French law would apply.

    Remember that the garage has (I believe) 1 year and 1 day to cash your cheque, so watch out for the anniversary. If they don't cash your cheque, it doesn't remove your obligation to pay.

    Sorry about the formatting, but this forum doesn't seem to like Chrome.
  3. Two different businesses (as it is in the UK). One sells the tickets, one runs the trains.

    Never the twain...

  4. Without doing the maths, I'd say no. Not least because the LNB would be in the shadow of its own arm.

    Suggest that you try it (to confirm that I am right!)

  5. I'd suggest that you get your local FB agent to service it. Are you aware that there is a legal requirement to get it serviced every year, regardless?

  6. And plug-in timers are interdit on chauffe-eau, I'm afraid.

  7. Before you buy it, make sure you can find someone (approved) to install it. It is a legal requirement to have all gas installations checked by an approved installer (as it is in the UK). I don't know a Qualigaz approved installer who will touch a UK-sourced boiler. Indeed, most won't touch a boiler that they didn't supply.

  8. I have registered 2 Citroens (2003 & 2004) using the code in section K of the V5, at the Prefecture in St Brieuc.

    No question as to the validity of the type approval number was even hinted at.

    I don't understand why people don't just try it! As has been said, what will you waste? What will you gain?

  9. Don't forget that the law requires you to have a gas or oil boiler serviced annually, by a registered and certified person.

  10. [quote user="mrsblack"]Thanks Retread -now that I know what the blue wire is for [/quote]

    If your life depends on it, believe someone who knows. The blue wire is the Neutral. mixing this and the black control wire could have unfortunate results.

    As always with electricity, if you don't know what you are doing, call an electrician.

  11. Or, you could do the sensible thing and get more than one devis.

    Don't know many plumbers who can afford to work for 40€/hr.

  12. The law requires you to submit a declaration prelable for all exterior changes to the property.

    Consider why there are no exterior pipes....
  13. I couldn't be bothered to read all of this thread, but WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

    Who chose that vomit-inducing picture?

    Still no favicon, still has problems with Chrome, do your webmasters know what they are doing?

    Oh dear!

  14. The 5..5% TVA rate has gone up to 7.%. Simple. If you are TVA registered, then you will charge the new rate of TVA where it applies.

    TVA 101 to be honest. Only The Connexion could get so much wrong!

  15. You can get pull-cord switches in France (obviously!), but you cannot mount them "hidden" - the same way as you can't hide a junction box.

    There are lots of wire-free alternatives to hard-wired switches (which are quite safe and legal in bathrooms, provided they are installed in conformance with the normes).

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