'' Changing your mind like this simply delays things " says the unsmiling woman behind the desk. She's unwilling to acknowledge that the 'misunderstanding' might be hers. '' We'll need to start the process again. We'll contact you in two to six months ". Angus points out that they've had the application forms since November and that his UK license will expire in a month . '' Monsieur. You should have thought of that before ".
A piece of paper saying that the application is being processed is finally, grudgingly, provided. '' Just show that to the gendarmes if they stop you " . With that the interview comes to an abrupt , glacial, end. If this is the way the bureaucracy deals with EU citizens what must it be like for non-EU passport holders ?
Bob and Sophie have used my absence to improve the garden.