GRANTS FOR ECO FRIENDLY RENOVATION WORK.
1. Up to €30, 000 free of interest to finance insulation works.
2. Income tax relief until 31st December. Owners of a main residence can deduct 30% of works undertaken to save energy (materials).
3. Special rates for certain bank loans for renovation work.
4. Special loans by certain suppliers (EDF, GDF, Total, also Leclerc, Carrefour, Auchan ….).
6. Grants by Anah (national habitat agency) for lower income groups.
7. Grants by local authorities on an ad hoc basis.
The French have at long last acknowledged that their future leaders should learn English. All énarques as ENA graduates will have their first English exam in 2018. No hurry then!
Members of the European Parliament voted on the 11th February to change the legal basis of a 2010 law designed to make it easier to track down and punish European Union motorists who commit traffic offences in a member state where they are not resident.
This is a double edged sword – good for the British to be able to prosecute foreign drivers who break the rules, but for British drivers overseas – be aware that you could be prosecuted for traffic infringements.
This has still to be approved by all member states and we do not know when the new directive will take effect.
Motoring in France
With half term in mind as well as spring not being too far away, we hope, here are some reminders about driving in France:
Breathalyser kits are compulsory and can be bought at the channel ports or Halfords.
Warning devices, (sat navs etc.) for speed cameras are banned and their use can mean a substantial fine.
It is compulsory to have a high visibility jacket in the car, which must be visible from the outside.
A warning triangle must be carried should you be unfortunate enough to have an accident or breakdown.
Apart from these laws, a number of new measures have been announced by the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, to improve road safety:
Zero tolerance on alcohol for young drivers the legal limit reduced to .2 mg/ml which equates to less than a half pint of beer.
Mobile phones. The use of earphones, headsets and hands-free kits to be banned.
Tinted windows are to be banned.
There will be more two way facing speed cameras to catch drivers travelling in both directions.
Parking not to be permitted close to pedestrian crossings.