RogerS wrote:Presumably you don't suffer the curse of the Part P over there?
In fact we do have something similar, but there is no real enforcement. As for me doing the work, I have an electrical engineering degree, 30yrs ago I was an engineer, a specialist in industrial automation and, although I'm not an officially qualified electrician, I can read the regs and can be confident that my work complies with the spirit if not the letter.
I would summarise the differences in regulation between the UK and France as follows :
In the UK there is much less regulation (really) but it is pretty strictly enforced.
In France, everything is regulated - so much so that no-one has the time or energy to follow up on the million details and so nothing much is enforced.
PS - re-reading Part P I can find no obligation to use a qualified electrician, the obligation is to conform to the current safety standards etc.
Picking up on Bob's point about over complicated CU's, here is ours, for a fairly typical 4 bed house :