Maybe you are asking the wrong party about the high price. I have the low price.
Contrary to popular belief, I have no relationship with openenergymonitor. The last time I sold them parts was six months ago. We have a difference of opinion about the positioning of IoTaWatt in the marketplace. That is understandable because it competes with their flagship product, the Emonpi. They are going their separate way.
I don’t ship to France because I use the US postal service to send international packages. They have been economical and reasonably fast and reliable. There is no other viable way to ship worldwide simply and economically.
The US postal service has agreements with the national postal service in each destination country. The package is handed off to them within several days of my shipping. In France, they sit around somewhere for a few weeks and then get shipped back to me. Customers complain that they never received notification of customs due. Duh. I send them a tracking number right away.
So after loosing international shipping costs on half-dozen packages to France, I simply stopped accepting orders there. Same for Sweden. I’m a small operation. I can’t spend a lot of time on shipping. It either works or it doesn’t. It doesn’t work in France.
If you PM what you want, I’ll send you a PayPal invoice. I’ll ship the order with the understanding that if I get it back, I’ll refund the purchase amount but not the shipping. I think that’s fair, and I think my prices are fair. I’m not trying to rip anyone off.