One thing that I've learned living in France is that to burn in giant piles anything and everything off your property is OK with the rest of the nation, as long as you don't do it on Sundays. Today being Monday, I'm on my way to work and I see some old guy with his wife cutting down a treee of sorts (it looked like a 40 ft. weed), then dragging the small and not-so-small branches across the road into a field. On my way home to lunch I notice the giant, and I mean giant pile, of brush ready to burn. What really caught my eye was the TIRE set dead-middle at the bottom of the pile. On my way back to work, I noticed nothing for a long ways, because I was in a cloud of smoke for about a mile. I'm assuming the pile of brush was smoldering away just as planned.