I'd like to collect information on cruisers' experiences with Customs
(Douan) officials in French ports
(France only, not dependencies) and would welcome anyone to post their answers to these simple questions below in this thread:
WHERE YOU WERE BOARDED (or where you otherwise had formal contact with Douan officials):
1. Which port(s)?
3. What if any issues were raised by the Douan official(s)?
(I'm hoping to assemble a loose list of which French Provinces present more/fewer difficulties to non-French yachtsmen, if not to dispell rumor then at least to illustrate it. While there are yachtie-unfriendly issues like Spain's 'wealth tax' or Greece's difficult-to-predict cruising fees
, the biggest unknown I hear about is how a given French customs
official in a given French port will react to a non-French boat. Thus, this request for info).