Yes Norman we certainly felt it yesterday. It was about 8am when at first I thought it was very loud thunder, and then an almighty shuddering, I initially thought that a lorry had driven into the house, it was that strong. The whole thing was over in less than 5 seconds. It must be very frightening if you live somewhere where 'real' earthquakes take place.
I then read the article that you linked, in The Independent yesterday afternoon, before I read your post, and was totally flabbergasted to read that the epicentre was as they put it, in a town called Bressuire. We are only about 15 kms from Bressuire, where we are going tonight, so I will look out for any damage.