A year in the merde by Stephen Clarke – British journalist and writer working for a French press group in Paris “There are lots of French people who are not at all hypocritical, inefficient, treacherous,…

Happy New Year! I know it’s been a while since I last wrote but we spent Christmas in Paris chez les parents-in-law and I was banned from mentioning it as Olivier has this crazy notion that it is not a good idea to announce your holiday plans to the internet world, particularly when your address is plastered all over your website and magazine. I grudgingly accepted that he may have a valid point!

So you’ve watched one of those “Place in the Sun” or “No Going Back” programs about a British family who decide to become French Vignerons. What’s the truth behind the dream? It’s true that anyone…