I should point out my French is practically non existent. I didn’t quite
understand what the €129 was for, I was just happy to have had all the
documents accepted and presumed this payment was part and parcel.
According to the website. The Vienne (86) was going online by the 7th
November but updates informed me the offices were closed as of the 1st.
However, as I was concerned about what was really what, I asked an English
speaking French neighbour to double check with the subprefecture and they
confirmed that online is only for French registered vehicles. All foreign
car owners will still need to make a personal appearance. Which I did and
it was accepted.
So close to the change over one has to ask which is right. In think it best
to check with your own local prefecture.