Is insurance valid during licence swap?

I applied to change my UK driving licence to a French one [which now has to be done in writing to a centre at the Nantes prefecture] and have been waiting months for an attestation acknowledging my application.

I am now driving on an expired licence and with no attestation. Is my car insurance still valid?  H.F.

The prefecture in Nantes previously assured us that it is speeding up processes for this after teething problems with new computer systems.

However, it advises not to wait until your old licence is about to expire before applying to swap it and also not to send ...

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