In France, land is something to be shared. I don't recall ever seeing a no trespassing sign. If you don't want people to come in your yard, you build a fence around it. That's why pretty much everyone has a fence around the FRONT with a gate on their driveway in addition to the back. If the gate is open or unlocked, it's okay for people to come in, possibly even a group of gypsies. If you climb over someone's fence to get in that may be considered criminal activity, but I'm not sure. I think part of it as just unchanged culture from the days of castles.
Brings me back to a question I asked in post #61 (don't think anyone addressed it). So, if the person "sharing" your land is injured as a result, are you responsible as a property owner? If they damage your property while "sharing" it, are they responsible? How does that work in France?
In France our landlord came in our house to plan repairs without telling us until he was in our or his hallway. Apparently that's perfectly acceptable there, and in fact, I really didn't! mind.
Wow!...You ARE liberal! Without even knocking or ringing the bell? What if you and a loved one were spontaneously being intimate on the stairs in the hallway (uncomfortable, I know, but just go with me on this!)? Would you simply ask said landlord to join in?
I am a Landlord. And I always give 24 hours notice before visiting a property. I would NEVER-EVER enter the property without making sure the tenants knew I was there, or were not there themselves. This happens to be in our agreement (maybe they don't have those in France), but I think anything less is inconsiderate. Off topic, however, it does demonstrate the fundamental difference between what you and I (and apparently the French) think is appropriate behavior. Hence, the variety of opinions in this thread!
American camping is supposed to have everyone as separated as possible in their own private wooded lots. French camping consists of rows of tents 15 feet apart with no separation at all. Then you place your order the night before for what kind of bread you want delivered in the morning.
As a Backpacker, that sounds like moving the "Burbs" to the wilderness. Why bother? I'd just stay home.