Tuesday 1st May - Labour Day (Fête du Travail)
Tuesday 8th May - VE Day - (Fête de la Victoire 1945)
Thursday 10th May - Ascension Day (l'Ascension)
Monday 21th May - Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
Where a public holiday falls over a weekend, by local agreement employees may be given an extra day paid holiday in lieu, but this is not obligatory.
Only May Day is classed as a statutory (paid) public holiday in France.
When a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday many people make a 'bridge' holiday (faire le pont), creating a long weekend.
The month of May this year looks to be particularly advantageous to do so, with no less than 4 public holidays occurring mid-week in the month.
Remember that it is illegal to use a hand-held smartphone in your car when you are driving, and it’s still illegal even if you have stopped, pulled over and have your hazard lights on. You must be in a designated parking area, proper car park or private driveway. This does not apply if you have a properly fitted hands-free set.
The administrative regions of France have been condensed from 22 to 13 but all the departement names remain the same..
PRIME FRENCH PROPERTIES and before that Willow French Properties have been established for many years, although I was selling French properties several years before that. You may or may not have noticed that we have not sent out a newsletter for a few months and this in part has been due to my spending some weeks in America with my family to celebrate a significant birthday. (4 score!)
There has been considerable uncertainty amongst British buyers about life after ‘Brexit’ as well as a rather low exchange rate concentrating the mind regarding buying. This has understandably impacted on our business.
Having thought about ‘getting older’ (NOT OLD!), I decided to close my earlier web site on 21st September and have this new site with general information. I continue to have my licensed estate agency contacts around France, some of whom I have known for many years, and I will still be able to search for properties in line with your requirements.
I intend to continue sending out occasional newsletters, hopefully with useful information and not just about property.
BUSINESSES IN FRANCE
If you are thinking about moving to and having a business in France, we can help you find through our specialist agency partners: farms, equestrian properties, gîtes, chambres d’hôtes, vineyards, hotels, camp sites, sporting estates / lakes and angling, shops etc.
The new Data Protection Act comes into force next year and for your information I have on the database no more than is necessary to select properties for you or introduce you to my licensed French estate agents. The maximum information I hold could include: name, address and telephone number, your area of interest, type of property being sought and budget, as well as travel details to view properties. I keep no personal financial information and I do not give your details to any other parties without your permission.
If France is no longer of interest or you do not wish to receive further newsletters please would you be good enough to reply with ‘Unsubscribe’ in the subject line. (I will not be offended!)
William Pearson Prime French Properties.
I first became interested in the sale of French property over 20 years ago when I was involved with another company which held a franchise with a large French estate agency network. I obtained detailed knowledge of French conveyancing from seminars, and then over the years learning from the agents whom we represent when visiting France.