Britons who frequently catch ferries from Dover to Calais
to enjoy self-catering holidays in France may find they soon have to alter their plans.
This is because of proposals by the new French president Francois Hollande to impose a higher tax on holiday rental income on second homes owned by people who do not live in France, the Daily Telegraph reports.
If this increases from 20 per cent to 35.5 per cent as planned, the cost of self-catering holidays may rise, meaning those who love to visit the country consider other options.
In the meantime, it could make this year a very timely one to enjoy such a trip before any such tax comes in, although this is by no means certain.
Last year, then-president Nicolas Sarkozy planned something similar but dropped the plan after Britain objected.
One new law Britons will have to be aware of applies to those driving in France, where it is now mandatory for motorists to carry a breathalyser kit, so they can check they are not over the drink-drive limit.
Posted by Andrew Smith