Originally Posted by barnakiel
French rules apply only to French flagged boats. Should a French officer try to tell you otherwise: be very nice, smile and pretend to not speak French. Then call your lawyer and ask them to talk to that officer ;-)
(a.k.a safety) gear
is ruled by your flag.
Nope. May very well be the case in the centre of the universe, and maybe even in Europe
, - my part of the world, you obey the same laws I do. I don't profess to know French Law, but it would worth doing the research
As for getting Lawyers to talk to authorities, again not sure if that works for you, certainly won't work here.