Evidently April 2011 was the hottest April in France since 1900.
Drought is occurring in the North of France. Drought will push up fruit and vegetable prices as well as the price of feed for cattle and other meat oriented animals.
To the gloom and doom, we can add petrol costs which are rising and unfavorable whilst we ferry back and forth between two houses. The Sterling / Euro exchange is far from favourable. I was waiting for it to improve before converting my pension on the currency market but the rate has become steadily worse. I'll just have to bite the bullet soon! One compensation is that if we were in UK the taxes would be higher overall. Well, that is our argument!
However, it is usually hotter here in the spring and summer but slightly colder here in the Winter than UK. I don't mind cold but do prefer warmer weather and that is the bonus. In winter we have the warm woodburners.