Sometimes we are told by neighbours, friends and even the village mayor that new french laws now apply to everyday life and often the advice is contradictory and confusing. Even 2 mayors from adjacent communes can’t always agree the facts!
A couple of examples;
It is now illegal to light a garden fire at any time, not just during the summer and harvest time, without special permission from the mayor which involves form filling.
Then I’m told that burning autumn leaves and garden debris in a suitable incinerator is OK!?
DIY using ‘noisy’ equipment is restricted on Sundays and only allowed between 09.00 and 12.00. A neighbour claims that the gendarmes arrived at 2.00pm on a Sunday and fined him for cutting his lawn!?
I do feel that asking for advice on legal matters from the mayor just results in a view that best serves the keeping of peace!
I’m not really seeking advice on what is legal or not here in the northern Dordogne, as I will just comply with our local mayor’s version of the rules, but just wondered if others are sometimes confused by what they hear about rules and regulations?