Thank you for your message.
I may have caused some difficulty when I mentioned Scots law; I live in Edinburgh but it may be that Scots law is not a factor.
My mother has sought financial assistance from the French social services; they have sent me an intimidating looking set of forms and included various threats about incorrect completion of the forms or non compliance with French law.
As I am British, resident in the UK, I am unsure whether the French can have any power over me; my estranged mother is a French national and has lived in France since the late 1970s.
I hope these additional comments are helpful and I will answer any questions that may be required.