Our inspection was equally useless. The bulk of the document listed the "qualifications" and description of the inspector. The installation was pronounced "compliant".
A quick look round before we bought and saw the inspection suggested to me that the whole house would need rewiring.
Detailed check after we moved in revealed :
The only earth was a 2.5mm sq stranded cable so corroded as to be useless. Norm specified 16mm sq.
Many of the circuit breakers were wired with the live and neutral transposed as were many of the sockets (unrelated to the wiring of the circuit breakers). Some argue that this doesn't matter as all the circuit breakers are double pole. However if you get an earth failure on an appliance which is incorrectly wired the metal parts may become live - not a great situation especially with a washing machine etc.
Several sockets had no earth. One pair were linked with an earth but the "feeder" socket was not earthed!
There was only one ELCB for the whole house (Norm spec was at least 3)
A sub-main to the rear of the house which had a separate tableau was 2.5mm square (12M long)(norm was 16mm sq)
Sub-main to the barn/workshop was 2.5mm sq (16M long) with no separate tableau in the barn. Replaced with 10mm sq)
I was advised by several members of the forum to have the earth tested (cost about €100+ to do this) but instead opted to fit three extra piquets all linked with 16mm sq cable (about €5 for each piquet and maybe €30-40 for the cable all of which I would have needed anyway) Not tested but with that degree of redundancy fairly sure its fine.
I did think of complaining about the quality of the inspection and report but, since I hadn't paid for it and didn't rely on it either decided against it. I suspect that if I had it would have resulted in a further inspection by EDF who would almost certainly have put a "red sticker" on the main switch and disconnected the whole installation. Very inconvenient and costly to sort out.
As I understand the regulations unless you rewire the whole house in one go (ie a complete new installation) you don't need to have a certificate of compliance from EDF. If you just replace the wiring in sections over time you are not doing a "new installation" and no compliance inspection is required. I think if you have a "temporary connection" you will need a certificate from EDF before they will connect to the finished installation.
The gas inspection was much the same and was done with the main stopcock at the meter turned off and sealed so it is hard to see what other than a very superficial visual inspection could have been done to "certify the system as safe".
All in all hard to see what is the point of these inspections apart from providing employment to a few who could clearly not get any if it was based on any degree of competence. Makes on wonder how much one can rely on the reports for asbestos and termites as well.
Just replace everything you don't like the look of and treat all the exposed timber. I guess as long as you don't do too much demolition involving doubtful cement sheeting or roofing you don't need to worry much about asbestos.
Remember if you do much cutting or machining of MDF with power tools you should wear a good mask as the dust and vapour produced can be very toxic. Paper masks are not adequate for MDF you need special filters to trap both fine dust and the volatile solvent as well.
I wonder if the likelihood of getting a satisfactory report depends on who is the person selling the house!