Let's begin the easy way. You only need the Consuel
inspection for a new build, never been connected to the power grid, of for a total, 100% renovation of an existing building, bringing walls down etc. If there is already a regular EDF abonnement, or has been in the recent past, no need to invite them for a visit.
Let's continue, now hard talk: if you really need a attestation, say you have a branchement provisoire right now, then every little inch of electric wiring has to conform to the French electrical code NF C 15-100, including a wired communication network to all the rooms. Can be done, also by non professionals, but can be quite a challenge. In their Rapport d'Activité 2012
about Installations de consommation
you'll see some interesting tables from page 15 to 22. One of them (page 21) about their attestation de conformité inspections. Hear, hear: of the visited logements individuels équipés par non-professionnels 100 % had the honour to hear the doorbell ring, making a total of 48980. And of the houses équipés par professionnels, a total of 147472, inspection by a sampling approach, 20.3 % received a visitor.
Consuel procedures, the visit, what to expect
, by a French electrician. Once again, it can be done, but some inspectors are tougher than others. One of the lessons to be learned: use quality material, and please forget traditional British habits, daisy chaining everything. In this case the contact resistances in the earth wiring back to the consumer unit / central earth point were a bit too much, more than 2 ohms. Contact and wiring resistances in series have a tendency to add up, resulting in ...problems.