Tools? Trevor, who likes to spend hours comparing prices and performance of these says that Mr. Bricolage & the Weldoms chain http://www.weldom.fr/ both have their own power tool range at rock bottom prices. Just as good as the brands but usually half the price in France. Look for the plain brown packaging/boxes on your next visit.
He says they work; and they last.
We certainly needed our big 850v hammer drill as we burnt out two of Trev’s regular drills on our literally rock hard two foot thick stone walls.
Insulation? We bought our carbon zero, fireproof, high performance insulation from homebase in UK http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/diy. We paid under £5 a roll in their seasonal sale, so wait for that!
Could not find exact equivalent in France, this is made from recycled bottles and is effective heat and sound insulation.
One of our very best buys.
Boilers We cannot compare like for like prices as our new one is by Frisquet http://www.frisquet.fr/ Our baby beast is economical and efficient and one of the best on the European market. The proof is in the performance, and it does. France wins