Bad news from ANTS!
An FFVE certificate alone is no longer valid for registering a classic import over 30 years old - you now need either a certificate of conformity or an RTI from DREAL AS WELL!
This is to ensure that the imported vehicle complies with french regulations apparently.
Biggest flaw in this is that to qualify as a vehicule de collection it cannot be fundamentally altered but to conform to french regs it might well need to be fundamentally altered.
I hope it is just ANTS bullsh*t but I have written to FFVE for confirmation.
The response to a message to ANTS got this reply - "Note from the instructing department
01/07/2021 13:31 AUTR
Other reason - free field: Hello, we acknowledge receipt of your message sent on 01-07-2021. Concerning the previous vehicles having a certificate of the F.F.V.E., their definitive registrations with the mention of collection use will not be cancelled. However, in order to process your request and as indicated in our previous message, please send us a technical proof of conformity (certificate of conformity issued by the manufacturer or the official report of acceptance as a single vehicle (PV de R.T.I.) issued by the D. R.E.A.L.) in application of article 1-E of the decree of 9 February 2009 since the F.F.V.E. certificate transmitted by you is only used to add the use “collection vehicle” (article 4-E of the decree of 9 February 2009) and does not replace the technical proof of conformity to be produced. The scope of intervention of the D.R.E.A.L., placed under the authority of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity, was extended in June 2021 to enable them to issue an individual type-approval report for all vehicles (including those over 30 years old) that have neither a Community type-approval nor a national type-approval, which ensures their conformity. Yours sincerely"
More pointless bureaucracy?