One of the many things that have been taxing my brain is the matter of the kitchen extractor fan.
My original idea was to have a fan that took the hot air and grease from the cooker, up the old chimney, and into the fresh air. A certain kitchen shop told us this is illegal (which it isn't*) in the attempt to sell us a €1600 recycling fan, but it's OK, I took against them for a number of reasons and we weren't going to go with them anyway. Still - it put the idea of a recycling fan into our heads. These have apparently improved massively over the years and now actually work (the one we had in London had the efficacy of an asthmatic ant).
We have decided we want an inclined hood. Our ceiling is rather low and I am tall (a giant by local standards) so the normal type of hood wouldn't work for us - I would be looking down on the cooktop through the top of the hood, and forever bashing my head. As I am grumpy at the best of times, this may not be helpful.
So I have decided on the AEG HD8795, a shiny shiny piece of design that claims to work, will fit between the stovetop and the ceiling respecting all laws about space between things. Of course, these are cheaper in the UK than in France (by about €150), but there is a shop soiled one for sale not too far away. We may take ourselves off to look at it over the weekend, but if it is too scratched we will have to find someone who can bring us a big cardboard box from the UK - the sort of UK electrical places that have massive discounts won't deliver to France.
*It's illegal to send extractor fan stuff up a chimney that is being used as a chimney, but we told them it was not in use and they still wouldn't shift on the issue.