Yes... RV'in in France seems alive and well. Besides... its "only" about $8.25 USD. Ouch.
With the cost of gas in France (and most of Europe) being ~70% taxes... having the base crude go up... only affects about 30% of the price.
No, unfortunately... I'm not the Ron you met before.
I left Brest on Friday and am now in Lyons-la-foret... but spend the day in Rouen and Dieppe. So I'm about 750Km inconviently located to the north of you.
I have a 75 23' Safari... that I've owned for about 6 weeks. I have now got it 98% Silicone free (Woo-hoo!!) and all start the clear coat stripping process when I get home on Wednesday.
Have fun with the few Airstream in France... the locals should be drooling over it.