CharlesP, the French town should not have backed down over parking charges. As I work in the transport/parking sector I find it alien that people think supplying parking is free. I offered to a group once that I would offer free parking one week, the shops should offer free shopping the next and see which attracts the most people. Parking costs money to supply and should be paid for by those that use it.
Drop off fees are a different matter, I had quite a spat with Bournmouth Airport over the matter and vowed never to use the airport again….ever. The whole concept of charging people to bring pax to their business seems nuts to me…a scam even. Tell them where to stick their £1 and drop them at Maccydees. While there have a burger and save even more money as it will probably be cheaper than the airport concession food.