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  1. Its a regular occurance here and not a month or two goes by without piles of produce dumped usually in front of the Tresor Public offices, the Impôts and the Banks. Also on the dual carriageway where it is burned. The gendarmes just watch,they know to interfere would inflame the situation and no one gets hurts. The last big dump was hundreds of tons of shallots which were eventually scraped up and placed in huge piles by the quarry on the road to town. People were arriving in hoardes to take them including our Parisien friend who though he had a bargain. Little do many of these people know, the produce is doused with diesel or petrol to stop people selling it on and it can be quickly set alight if they want to. I had a call from a neighbour warning me not to touch any of the shallots as his BIL had thrown diesel over a big pile during the demo but our friend from Paris would not have it and cooked and ate them, even offering me some which I refused point blank. So, if you are ever on the road to the Roscoff ferry and see piles of produce on the roadside, do not be tempted to stop and take it.
  2. Nothing happens to the Carte Grise until you re-register back in the UK. It is the title to the car as proof you are the legal owner like a UK logbook used to be so I would imagine when you come to complete all the formalities to re-register back, the DVLA will demand the Carte Grise be sent to them for cancellation and a new UK equivalent issued. You ought to contact the UK authorities and find out the procedure so you can prepare. One thing you would need to do is officially cancel your French insurance or it will automatically renew each time and they should be aware that the vehicle is out of the country and will be eventually insured in the UK so need to update their records and you may only have a very limited insurance cover period too just as people moving to France get.
  3. All over the region here in Bretagne. Lidl Quimper attacked too!
  4. I NEVER said anything about chopping snakes up at all. I have a phobia about snakes that slither just as others have phobias about dogs,cats, flying,claustrauphobia,spiders etc. I would NEVER kill an animal for the sake of it like some people would do. I just do not like snakes, end of! Here we have an abundance of fire salamanders due to the natural water in our well and I love those little fellas. You should not assume anything about anyone from what is printed on a computer screen, it does not convey the real person and you do not know me.
  5. Cannot abide snakes of any kind. Horrible nasty slithery things which bite or constrict you. I am not alone either, most people hate them and would not trust them not to attack. Look at the .DMail online at the moment where a snake has bitten a dog in a house in Plymouth and lives under the floorboards.
  6. Daily Mail online at moment showing a King snake living under floorboards in Plymouth and has bitten the dog in the house.
  7. Personally I would go to the Mairie and ask them for help as if it is a venomous creature, someone could get bitten or worse.Failing that, enquire at the local Gendarmerie as to the nearest expert in reptiles who might come out and take it away. If it were me, I would want the thing removed regardless of being poisonous or not or even a pet. Better safe than sorry!
  8. However and from personal experience, do not sign up with a Gestion d'Agreer Comptabilité as you have to pay a yearly subscription of around €500 on top of your accountancy fees which they insist is taken by direct debit from your account. We, after many years of being in a gestion cabinet turned to a freelance accountant who turned out to be half the cost and much more hands on than the bloke we only saw once per year yet paid dearly.Be careful of residency and working here because as Idun says, its where you parks your bum at the end of the day in the eyes of the fisc.
  9. We had a local accountant for 18years NOT international as it was a frenchbusiness and it cost approx. €4000/year plus extras.This included all the TVA reclaimations,dossier prepared and presented to the fisc and upto 2005 when our last employee left, monthly charges for wages paperwork. For you, you do not need such an accountant but you do need to visit the local Chambre de Métiers or Commerce who will advise you of the best way to deal with the tax as you have to register if you are earning and working and France and pay into the system accordingly.
  10. The relevant Chambre (Métiers,Commerce or Agriculture) should assist you with this when you register your business with the relevant one. I hope you have done plenty of research into running a business in France, it is very expensive, very employee protective and nothing at all like UK practices.
  11. Why not just draw up a contract IN FRENCH OF COURSE stating your conditions etc and then both parties sign and date with "lu et accepté" before the signature of the person collecting the grass up. I would however state that this is valid for 12months only renewable at the request of the proprietaire. France is a stickler for paper proof in French of any sort of contract and to be honest, I believe if someone uses land belonging to another person even with no money or goods involved, after 30years continuous use they have it automatically for eternity and it can be handed on to heirs too! I suggest you seek advice from your Notaire which is usually freely given for such information. People fall out over the slightest thing and it does often turn nasty where rights and property use are concerned.
  12. Why not visit some more insurance agents and get some quotes, they usually oblige happy to do this. The company you have mentioned do seem to be subject to all sorts of problems so perhaps time to move on. To be honest and living in a very touristy seaside place I have not seen a towed caravan for years, even going to Roscoff frequently nearby apart from brits coming off the ferries. Most French people opt for a camping car these days,hiring them too when needed.
  13. Also google for Notaires in the region and then look at their property for sale sites, cheaper than immobiliers and their commission too plus they do the legal work as well!
  14. No. If OH didn't want the work he used to inflate the devis a bit just to put the client off but he never inflated prices artificially for actual clients.Now, when I have to get a professional in, I use locals I know from all our years in the trades here and they know I know if they are taking the proverbal urine.
  15. I buy bottles of white vinegar for around 30centimes a litre and put it everywhere, kills everything too and is not dangerous to animals. Keep topping up the treatment and you will see a difference and it also clears paving of moss and algae too.Only do it if no rain forecast so it can soak in neat and do not skimp on the application. Otherwise salt is also a good weedkiller especially the coarser stuff and cheap too!
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