This was sent in anonymously by email:-
agree with your correspondent who is sick of cowboys getting away with
avoiding cotisations and red tape and I'm equally angry about the people
who operate under UK registered businesses quite illegally. If these
people bothered to learn enough French and make a proper effort, they'd
know it was illegal. The arrogance of arriving in France and then thinking
it's the same as UK is astonishing.
As regards the cowboys, there is a chap near us who has set himself up as
a TV and satellite expert. He is not a registered business and has no
intention of becoming one. He's getting incapacity benefit from the French
and English authorities, collecting RMI from France, and working au
noir!!!! AND he's totally incompetent!! He's had at least two elderly
victims in our area who've paid him in cash about 3 times what a reliable
French company would charge.
The problem with paying anyone in cash without a proper bill is that if
you try to tell the authorities about it, you yourself risk being charged
with employing someone au noir and the fines are enormous."