UK tourists in France warned they must follow strict 'midday to 2pm' rule

Expats in France have issued a warning over three "surprising rules" that may make you rethink the timing of your next visit. Brits have been warned over visiting France at certain times of the year as European Union expats share the alert with holidaymakers.

YouTube channel Baguette Bound stars Jason and Reina, from Texas and Colorado, relocated to the European hotspot and warned: "You can’t mow the lawn at any time that is convenient for you." Reina said: “Monday through Friday there’s no mowing from 12 pm until 2pm, and there is nothing allowed after 7pm."

Jason continued: “On Saturdays, the midday break is a little bit longer, from 12pm until 3pm, and on Sundays, you’ve only got two hours in the morning to get everything done, 10am to 12pm. It protects the peace and quiet during times that usually everyone is taking a break because these times are sacred stuff in France.”

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“It is the law, if you’re a dude and you want to go swimming in a public pool, by law, you cannot wear what Americans would think of as regular swim trunks," they also warned Brits who are fancying a trip over the English Channel to France this year.

"This law, which also requires a swim cap, dates back to 1903, and there have been multiple attempts to repeal it.” They went on to warn retail sales are broken down into two main periods lasting a maximum of four weeks each.

“Can you imagine if every store in the US coordinated their clearance sales all at the same time and you could then plan for that through the year? Well in France, by law, this is exactly how it works," they said. “The way it works, twice a year, once in January and again in July, this is the only time in France sellers are allowed to mark an item for less than they paid for it - selling it at a loss.

“The purpose of coordinating all sales in this way is to protect smaller businesses throughout the year from having to compete with larger retailers who just may have enough resources to attract customers by selling things at a loss regularly."

“France levels the playing field by limiting these specific types of sales to defined times,” Reina added. “They last for four weeks and with each week that passes, the discounts get deeper."