Paul_Sengupta wrote: Unless you restrict yourself to the larger controller airports, it can be a bit nerve wracking as the airfields are usually French only.
Sorry Paul, that's bollox.
A small proportion of French fields with ATC are 'French Only'. Amiens is regrettably one of these.
The bulk of the other smaller fields are French only, self-announce which, as long as you make a manful attempt using Dave's cheat sheet, will greet your murdering of the language with a gallic shrug once you have landed. It can be a little disconcerting, but as nobody will actually be expecting any interaction with you no biggie. Make a mistake, like landing on the taxiway at Abbeville (Yes, been there), and you get another shrug.
No PPR, usually no landing fees, often someone from the club happy to put fuel for you on their card in exchange for folding euros.
And once in the air, joined-up, English speaking Flight Information who will clear you through almost anywhere and are surprised if you query that. "Of course you are cleared through the xxxxxxx zone"