I've posted this on a couple of sites & the replies are making good reading.Things are a lot clearer if my blog is read before one replies, though! Also, please note that the title has a question mark at the end!
I don't want to worry you, but...
Watching a "Road Wars" episode on TV recently a policeman reported a driver for not having his correct home address on his licence, pointing out that he could be fined up to £1000!
Although it is perfectly legal to be a french resident & continue to use your UK licence here, subject to certain conditions, it cannot comply with UK law because you cannot put your residential address on it. (It must have your current UK residential address for which you must be a UK resident - if you live here you are not a UK resident.)
You can lie, of course - obtaining goods or services by deception or fraud - but it does not get over the fact that somebody has not thought this through!
As we already know, this goes against European Directive 91/439/EEC.
How has this been allowed to happen?
I have been doing some research into this & been digging for a soloution.
My findings to date can be found on http://drivingfrance.blogspot.fr/2013/01/normal-0-your-uk-driving-licence-legal.html
I am still waiting for replies from the DVLA who have also been contacted by the MP of my old UK address. The Foreign Office (Legislation dept) replied thus - We are writing to advise that the only service we provide here at the Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes is to legalise or apostille UK public documents for use in a foreign country. Your enquiry does not seem to relate to the legalisation of documents for use overseas, and therefore we are sorry but we are unable to assist with your enquiry or offer any further guidance. It would have been nice if they had passed it on to the relevent dept, but it must be a secret.