Do you know your Member of the National Assembly of France?
They doubtless have a “surgery” and you might be able to talk this over face to face.
I’m suggesting that… as I do know ours… and would be comfortable posing any such questions if I needed to… and would be given good, accurate advice.
Others will chime in… there might well be a “route” to follow… but, as our Maires have been fabulous for the last 30 years… the situation such as you are experiencing has not arisen… hence I don’t know the “route”.
As non-French citizens, Stella, do you know if we have rights of access to NA members? I only ask because, although a British citizen, I was refused access to my former MP ‘because I didn’t live in the constituency’. Anna Soubry told me, via an aide, that it was against the law.
Good riddance to her, her predecessor, Nick Palmer, was very accessible and brilliant, with no such qualms. He saved us from an expensive government mistake.
Yes there are rules and checks! This is France after all…. It depends what the alleged wrong-doing is, whether (eg) administrative matter when it is for the collectivité to take action, or financial impropriety which is more of a criminal matter.
However for many things if the maire has the backing of his or her conseil it can be difficult to make accusations stick. Some friends of ours had exactly the same issue with velux windows (because they were gay, rather than being British). The ended up having to take the case to the high court - where they won the case but lost all their friends in the village.
Always be polite… if your “unfriendly locals” choose to ignore your polite/cheery Bonjour… that is up to them… you will be in the right… and they put themselves in the wrong by “looking away” without acknowledging … so stick with it.
(I have proved that the “kill 'em with kindness” can work… but in the instance I recall, it took a few years)
Thank you Andy, but that was years ago and we are way beyond the 15 year rule. It was not that I had a specific problem, as I recall, but it was the sheer ignorance of even not speaking to someone which got my goat. And I know it was bull, people talk to MPs of other constituencies all the time. But we have moved on, and so has she, thankfully.
Funnily enough I had a similar experience of the, British, Euro member too, just after he had canvassed my vote at my address here in France. My vote went elsewhere, and he was kicked out too.
@Stella That link does not recognise La Dordogne, Dordogne or dordogne. Nor the commune.
The only person that I recall being unfriendly was not French, but Quebecois, so I suppose he had/has an ancient axe to grind. Mind you the locals weren’t keen on him either, taking the piss out of his accent (something they never do with the English) when he was once called upon to take over reading the balls at the lotto. What did he say?, what was that? and louder, QUOIS ?? were the common asides etc. I know they understood really and so did I.
I did just what was asked, filled in commune and then department, and, in both cases it said it wasn’t recognised. Anyway, the rep for our area is the bald one at the bottom, No 3, but he is the only one who doesn’t appear to have a name.
Ah got him now, M. Jean-Pierre Cubertafon. Thank you.
Can only go by our experience. Despite village opposition, our last Maire managed to get permission for 5 éoliennes to be sighted on his land, which overshadow the village. Apparently, he earns a nice rental income. He has been replaced by a new Marie whose family originate in the village, but he doesn’t live here, in fact he doesn’t even live in the department and we have never seen him!
The last Marie also bought a tractor for the commune, and it is kept at his farm. It seems that only he has access to it.